ICOPED Director, faculty, and R and E staff attend Coop Congress
Dr. Zenaida M. Sumalde, Karen P. Quilloy, Anselma C. Manila, and Arminga B. Peria attended the 13th Southern Tagalog Cooperative Congress (STCC) with the theme “Koop Mandin: Kooperatibang Maaasahan, Aktibong Nakikiisa na may Deyerminasyong I-angat ang Nasyon”on April 9-11, 2014 at the Boac, Marinduque Convention Center. The congress was hosted by the Southern Tagalog Regional Cooperative Development Council (StaRCDC), Provincial Government of Marinduque, Marinduque Provincial Cooperative Development Council, and the Cooperative Development Authority. The meeting was being called in response to the demand of the majority of stakeholders to sustain the gathering of COOP leaders as the proper venue to ventilate and discuss issues affecting the movement. Furthermore, it established the importance and necessity of a periodic consultation among COOP stakeholders.
About 900 participants (officers, members and other cooperative stakeholders) attended the Congress from the 10 provinces of the Southern Tagalog Region namely, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Quezon, Rizal, and Romblon. The 13th STCC’s main topic discussed include: Good Governance, Principles of Management in the Cooperative, and Effective Policies for Implementation presented by Ms. Licera V. Juarez, former Chair of Board of Administrator of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and currently a member of Landbank of the Philippines Countryside Development Foundation, Inc. (LCDFI) Pool of Trainers.
There were also booths from the different provinces to showcase local products. The 14th Southern Tagalog Cooperative Congress will be held in Cavite in 2015.The symbolic key was turned-over by the Governor of Marinduque, Honorable Carmencita O. Reyes to Mr. Rodrigo M. Camia, Chairman Emeritus of StarCDC and Chair of PCDC Cavite, who represented the province of Cavite.
Vivian Fabiana T. Mejia retires
Mrs. Mejia aka Ate Vi retires from ICOPED effective February 1, 2014. She serves the University for 36 years in general and 16 years and 10 months at ICOPED. She started as a Research Aide at the Department of Agronomy in 1978 then transferred to the then Agricultural Credit and Cooperatives Institute (ACCI) now Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) in 1997 where she occupied an Administrative Assistant II item on temporary basis and later attained permanent status. She will best be remembered for her happy giggling smile.
Ate Vi was born on January 20, 1954 at Sariaya, Quezon. She is married to Rodolfo M. Mejia with whom she has two children, Roger and Rose Anne.(ABPeria)
Training Schedule at ICOPED
UP President Pascual is First Speaker in 2014 CEM-UPLB Seminar Series
President Pascual speaking at CEM-UPLB seminar on January 17, 2014.
UP President Alfredo E. Pascual spoke on Intellectual Freedom and Industry-Academe Partnership for High-Impact Research and Sustainable Public Service during the launching of the 2014 CEM Seminar Series that was hosted by the Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) on January 17, 2014. The objective of the CEM seminar series is to bring to UPLB experts with great experience in their respective fields who can enrich UPLB’s appreciation, understanding, and discussion of issues of national interest including those in the global development arena. The topic of PAEP’s seminar is of great interest to the academe in trying to develop strategic partnership of various forms relating to the University’s teaching, research and public service functions.
From the academic background and vast experience of Pres. Pascual, he was the right person to speak about intellectual freedom and his perspectives on industry-academe partnership. According to PAEP, research is public service. Through research, new inventions and innovations are discovered, and solutions to problems are created. He added that according to the first UP President Bartlett, “research without application is luxury, and application without research is folly”. UP is no doubt bastion of nationalism and Pres. Pascual believes that in this age of technology to be a true nationalist is to think global. The industry-academe-government partnership is very beneficial to all concerned where the industry is the user of the academe’s research findings. This is where partnership between the academe, government and industry is important. The only problem with public-private partnership (PPP) is when there is conflict of interest. To protect the University and her researchers there is a need for vigilance over intellectual property rights. With regards to IPR, he said that UP constituents should apply for patents for inventions or technological research outputs before other entities outside of the University steal their right from them.
The seminar was attended by UPLB’s top officials headed by Chancellor Rex Victor O. Cruz who made the introduction for the speaker, along with VCAA Oscar Zamora, VCPD Fernando Sanchez, Jr. and the Deans of the different Colleges of UPLB such as Dr. Maritess Yee of CHE, Dr. Zita Albacea of CAS, Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr. of GS, Dr. John Pulhin of the CFNR, Dr. Loinda Baldrias of the CVM, and Dr. Domingo Angeles of CA, and the faculty, staff and students of CEM and other units of UPLB. Dean of CEM, Dr. Isabelita M. Pabuayon, made the opening remarks and the Director of ICOPED Dr. Zenaida M. Sumalde delivered the closing remarks. (ARQ)
UPLB students and VIP's listen to President Pascual.
2013 National Conference on Cooperatives
The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) hosted the 2013 National Conference on Cooperatives (NCC) held on November 7 at ICOPED Auditorium with a theme “Green Cooperatives for Sustainable Agricultural Development”. The 2013 NCC provides a platform for exchange of substantial and quality information as well as meaningful debate among scholars and high profile practitioners on the status and prospects of cooperatives as green bio-enterprises. The objectives of the Conference are to: disseminate current information on the status and development trends; feature model cooperatives to illustrate best practices; identify continuing concerns; and determine ways and means of addressing remaining challenges in the Philippine cooperative sector.
There were 15 paper presenters on the four sub-themes that included: cooperative initiatives in environmental conservation and sustainability; status and development trends for cooperatives as bio-enterprises; towards enhancing competitiveness of green cooperatives; agrarian reform cooperatives as viable sustainable bio-enterprises. A total of 105 participants attended the conference which consists of academicians, policymakers, professionals, cooperative officers/members and practitioners, and government development officers. It was sponsored by UP Los Baños, UPLB Foundation Inc., Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), and the Office of the Laguna Provincial Government.
From the papers presented it is interesting to note the different prospects and challenges of cooperatives that included: encouraging more cooperatives to adopt green practices; active promotion of green cooperatives; improvement in management capability, financial systems, and skills and expertise development of cooperatives; enhancing product and market development, particularly for organic and other eco-friendly products; and addressing the weaknesses and meeting the challenges of green cooperatives will open greater opportunities for improving the income and quality of life of its members and community.
The body would like to pursue two resolutions: (1) requesting ICOPED, CEM, UPLB to define/clarify the meaning of Green Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprises for information and guidance of all cooperatives and other interested entities and incorporating the same in the cooperative programs at the national and local levels, and (2) requesting Hon. Manuel A. Roxas II, Sec. of DILG to facilitate the amendment of RA 7160 known as the Local Government Code of 1991 to incorporate the creation of the Department of Cooperatives in all City and Provincial Governments.
NCC 2013 guests and participants pose for a photo souvenir.