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ICOOP2015: The 2nd International Conference on Cooperatives

Conference co-chairs: Dr. Isabelita M. Pabuayon, Dean, College of Economics and Management, UP Los Baños, and Dr. Zenaida M. Sumalde, Director, Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprises Development, College of Economics and Management, UP Los Baños

The conference is organized by the Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) and the College of Economics and Management (CEM), University of the Philippines Los Baños. It is a fitting event for the celebration of the Centennial Year of Philippine Cooperatives. The conference will feature

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ICOPED planning workshop 2015

The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) conducted its Planning Workshop on January 23, 2015 at the ICOPED Auditorium. The objective of the planning workshop was to set directions for the year. The Planning Team composed of the faculty, REPS, and Administrative staff of the Institute planned out for one year activities in terms of Instruction, Research, and Extension/Training. The activities identified for instruction were review of COST Courses, promotion of Master of Management major in Cooperative Management (MM-CM) among cooperative stakeholders and planning for the off campus offering of selected COST and Management courses. The activities for extension/training are the following: conduct of Training of Trainers of Accredited Training Providers (ATPs) of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), conduct of R.A. 9520 prescribed trainings for Calamba Cooperatives and Livelihood and Development Department (CLDD), Bio-Enterprise Training for coop members, provide assistance to CDA in the preparation for the Celebration of Cooperative Centennial in the Philippines, production of Audio Visual Presentation (AVP) about ICOPED, conduct of International Conference on Cooperatives and Agribusiness in collaboration with UP Mindanao, re-echo Impact Assessment Training for CEM Faculty and Staff, and publication of the Proceedings of the National Conference on Cooperative into a book. Core Extension Program that includes Conduct of Round Table Discussions on Issues Related to Cooperatives and Conduct of Cooperative Awareness Seminars among high School and College students in Los Baños was also laid out. The identified research activities includes the conduct of research under UPLB Basic Research Fund (3 research proposals submitted for funding to OVRCE), follow up research proposals (2 proposals) submitted to UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP-CIDS) and the Cooperative Education and Training Programs of Japan and the Philippines: A Cross Country Comparison. In addition, the writing of monograph from the Cases of cooperatives conducted under the World Class Fund was also included as priority research output of the Institute. Furthermore, a research proposal on “Rapid Content Development and Cooperation between CDA and HEIs” will be prepared for submission to CHED. Core research activities that include writing of working papers on the cases of cooperatives conducted and conduct of new case studies of Cooperatives will be pursued. Administrative concern were also identified and discussed during the workshop.

The workshop was facilitated by the Director, Dr. Zenaida M. Sumalde and Professor Karen P. Quilloy. The outcome of the planning workshop offered opportunities for the staff to exercise responsibility for the future of the organization (ABPeria).

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New ICOPED Discussion Paper

Two new ICOPED discussion paper have been uploaded for dissemination and feedback - please send your comments to icoped@uplb.edu.ph

ICOPED Co-sponsor the Cooperative Month Celebration

“KOOPERATIBA: Maaasahan sa Pagsulong ng Kabuhayan at Kapayapaan ng Bayan”. This was the theme of the Cooperative Month Celebration that Southern Tagalog Regional Cooperative Development Council (STARCDC) and Cooperative Development Authority-Calamba Extension Office (CDA) co-sponsor with the Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) last October 9, 2014 at ICOPED Auditorium, CEM, UPLB. Among the activities included the CDA Gawad Parangal Regional Ceremony; Launching of Southern Tagalog Union of Cooperatives; Presentation of Line Agencies Cooperative Program; and Gender and Development (GAD) Mainstreaming on Cooperatives. A total of 113 participants representing from all the provinces in Region 4 were present. The 2014 Regional Winner of CDA Gawad Parangal were: 1) Certificate of Commendation for the Cooperative Participants ( Imus Institute Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Makiling Forestry Credit Cooperative, Most Holy Rosary Multi-Purpose Cooperative); 2) Regional Nominees for Outstanding Cooperative-Medium Category ( Cavite Metro Credit Cooperative, Brooke’s Point Public Elementary School Teachers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, NIA Region IV Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative (NEMCO); 3) Regional Nominees Outstanding Cooperative-Large Category (Calapan Labor Service Development Cooperative (CALSEDECO); 4) Outstanding Local Government Unit-City Cooperative Development Office Category (Cooperatives and Livelihood Development Department City Government of Calamba); Region IV Outstanding Council Chairperson-Post Humous Award (Florante V. Saet, Ph.D.) and Region IV Cooperative Ambassador ( Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto) .The regional line agencies that presented their Cooperative Programs were: Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Landbank of the Philippines (LBP). Ms. Maide O. Jader was the speaker on GAD and the GAD focal person of the City of Tayabas and Government Employee of Tayabas Multipurpose Cooperative.

Congressman Rico B. Giron gave an inspirational message and expressed that in gathering like this, those who are not in the cooperative movement should be invited, because cooperative is within the inclusive growth approach of development. There is a need to encourage more people to join the cooperative. There is limited number of successful farmers cooperative, may be because, of the limited capability of the farmers to grow and develop their cooperative enterprises. They are not yet open to the idea of integration of small cooperatives to become big. Cooperatives must be ready in the full implementation of ASEAN integration in 2015.

Dr. Eulogio T. Castillo, OIC-Chair, CDA and former Director and Professor of ICOPED was the key note speaker. According to him the activity is a sort of a homecoming and a gathering as well. He said that the challenge is great in Region 4 being second in the Philippines in the cooperative movement in terms of assets, have party list representative in the congress and two became CDA Chair. He added that the cooperative movement is parallel with the situation of the national economy because the development of cooperative goes with the development of the economy. Cooperatives were successful in developed countries. He mentioned that based on record cooperative in the Philippines started in 1914. Thus, at the Cooperative Summit in Cebu held on October 16-18, 2014 CDA declared that 2014 as the centennial year of cooperative in the Philippines however, the celebration is in 2015(ABPeria).

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Prof. Danica Asma joins ICOPED Faculty and Staff"

Prof. Danica Asma joins ICOPED Faculty and Staff"

Jan Danica S. Asma, is the newest addition to ICOPED’s rooster of faculty members effective September 03, 2014. She finished her BS Agribusiness Management, cum laude and Master in Management (major in Business Management) from the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 2006 and 2011, respectively.

She worked as Assistant Manager/Management Trainee at KFC Philippines wherein she gained experiences in supervising the overall store operation which includes production, marketing, public relation, training and staffing. Prior to her transfer to ICOPED-CEM UPLB, she worked as Science Research Specialist at the Department of Science and Technology CALABARZON Region (DOST IV-A) wherein she coordinated and implemented several programs and projects such as Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program, Manufacturing Productivity Extension Program, Consultancy for Agricultural Productivity and Enhancement Program and Venture Financing Program which aims to assist MSMEs (including cooperatives) adopt technological innovations to improve their productivity and competitiveness. Her experience and knowledge with MSMEs and cooperatives is relevant for her function in instruction and research and extension in ICOPED.

She currently handles four recitation classes of AECO 136 (Structure, Organization and Operations of Cooperatives) and COST 110 (Fundamentals of Cooperative). (rvm/jdsa)

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