ICOPED is CEM Outstanding Extensionist; Director Pabuayon is CEM Outstanding Alumna in Agri Policy
The UPLB College of Economics and Management (CEM) in its 34th year of celebrating its Foundation Day in July 27, 2012 honored outstanding personnel and achievements in a special convocation and awarding ceremonies. Among the awardees were ICOPED which got the Outstanding Extension Group and Director Isabelita M. Pabuayon who was named the CEM Outstanding Alumna in Agricultural Policy.
ICOPED was recognized for the “institute’s distinguished extension services in cooperative development in the country through entrepreneurship using various extension modalities”. Notably, ICOPED is engaged in conducting training courses for cooperative enterprises being a training service provider accredited by the Cooperative Development Authority.
A faculty member of UPLB for 34 years, Director Pabuayon was cited “for her excellent contributions in promoting agricultural growth and development as Agricultural Economist in various instruction, research and extension initiatives; for her outstanding efforts in identifying policy issues and entry points for the advancement of the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors; and for her continuing leadership in the development of cooperatives and bio-enterprises in the Philippines”. (AB Peria).
More Training Courses Conducted by ICOPED
The development of cooperatives as viable economic and social enterprises is the focus of the training program of ICOPED. Two new courses recently conducted by the Institute are Leadership and Values Re-Orientation on April 27-28, 2012 and Conflict Management on August 17-18, 2012. Both courses were coordinated with the Saint Paul Cooperative Union through its manager, Mr. Reynaldo T. Salud.
The objective of the Leadership and Values Re-Orientation course was to enable the participants to acquire leadership skills and necessary values for effective and efficient management of the cooperative. The two-day training course covered the following topics: Roles, functions, authority, responsibility, and accountability of officers of the cooperative; Elements and attributes of effective leadership in cooperatives; and Filipino values for effective cooperative leadership.
The two-day training on Conflict Management covered the basic competencies required of the Board of Directors, Ethics Committee, and Mediation and Conciliation Committee in installing conflict and mediation management program in the cooperative. The training aimed to prepare the cooperatives in handling conflicts that may arise as self-governing organizations.
The Leadership and Value Re-Orientation course was attended by 68 Board of Directors, Committee members, Treasurer, Secretary, and manager of 19 cooperatives, namely: Palcon Dairy MPC, Franklin Baker Cooperative, San Bartolome Teachers Cooperative, Government Employees Cooperative, Philpost Region IV MPC, Sambahayang Nagtutulungan MPC, Barangay 2F MPC, Family MPC, Saint Paul Cooperative Union, San Pablo City National High School MPC, Kalipunan Katipunan ng Maggagatas Inc. Employees MPC, Nagsama MPC, New Pagsanta Producers Cooperative, Tilapia Fish Vendors MPC, Salba Dairy MPC, Samahan ng Maggagatas ng Batangas Cooperative, Malinao Marketing Cooperative, Guro sa Pagsulong ng Pamumuhay MPC, and Green Beans Marketing Cooperative.
The participants of the Conflict Management Course numbered 69, representing 26 cooperatives. The cooperatives included the Government Employees MPC, Guro sa Pagsulong ng Pamumuhay MPC, Sandigan ng Mamamayan MPC, Sambahayang Nagtutulungan Cooperative, Barangay 2F MPC, San Bartolome Teachers Cooperative, San Pablo City Pinagbuklod MPC, DLSP MPC, New Nagcarlan MPC, Nagcarlan District Hospital Employees Consumer Cooperative, Imok Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran MPC, Liliw Upland Farmers Cooperative, Liliw Municipal Employees MPC, San Sebastian Homeowners MPC, Kooperatiba ng Samahang Kababaihan ng Liliw, Franklin Baker Company Employees MPC, Tilapia Fish Vendor MPC, LSPU Extensionist Cooperative, Makiling Forestry Credit Cooperative, Green Beans Marketing Cooperative, UPLB Credit and Development Cooperative, Nagtatanim ng Gulay ng Liliw MPC, Dizonian Teachers Credit Cooperative, NIA Employees Cooperative, San Pablo City National High School MPC. (ABPeria and IMPabuayon)
Weekend Training at ICOPED
Starting January 2012, ICOPED will offer these RA 9520-mandated courses every Saturday:
- Basic Cooperative Course (2 Saturdays);
- Cooperative Management and Governance (4 Saturdays);
- Financial Management (4 Saturdays).
The schedule will be posted here soon.
ICOPED TRAINING SCHEDULE
1. January 28 and February 4, 2012 Basic Cooperative Course
2. February 11, 18, 25, and March 3, 2011 Cooperative Management and Governance
ICOPED Gears Up for Training of Cooperative Enterprises
The following is a news article reproduced from the CEM Newsletter Vol.28.No.5, First Semester, Academic Year 2011-2012.
As an academic unit of the College of Economics and Management, University of the Philippines Los Baños mandated to provide curricular offerings, research program and extension services on cooperatives development, the Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) implements a comprehensive “Training Program for Cooperative Enterprises 2011-2013”. With a strong focus on the development of cooperatives as viable economic and social enterprises, the Program aims to 1) produce professionals who have the competency and skills to manage and operate cooperatives as economically and socially viable business enterprises, and 2) enhance the ability of personnel of government agencies, NGOs and private sector to successfully implement and monitor cooperative and rural development-related projects and programs. The target clients include the Board of Directors, committee members, managers, supervisors and staff of cooperative organizations; and cooperative development workers in government, NGOs and private sector.
The Training Program addresses the need of cooperatives for professional managers, staff and officers who have the entrepreneurial skills and competencies in order to become competitive players in the business world characterized by constantly changing economic, market and technological environments. There is also increasing pressure for cooperatives to address social issues relating to climate change, poverty alleviation, and environmental and natural resources management. While these developments present threats and challenges, they also provide market and business opportunities for cooperatives.
ICOPED takes a great leap forward to provide capacity-building to the Philippine cooperative sector consisting of 18,463 re-registered active cooperatives having membership of 7.4 million with 461,500 officers, 18,000 managers, and 92,000 staff. Recently awarded accreditation by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), ICOPED’s strengths as a training service provider are anchored on its long years of relevant and rich experience in implementing academic and training programs and networking with the cooperative sector starting from the time when it was established in 1960 and became known as the Agricultural Credit and Cooperatives Institute (ACCI). Since that time, the Institute has provided leadership and set outstanding track record in providing training services and conducting research for the cooperative sector and agencies involved in the organization and promotion of agricultural credit and cooperatives in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. (see page 13)
The training courses offered by ICOPED are framed on sound economic and management principles, need-based, practical, and participatory intended to achieve optimum learning experience for the participants. The courses are categorized into three, namely; 1) Basic and RA 9520 Prescribed Courses, 2) Advanced and Specialized Cooperative Courses, and 3) Social Responsibility Courses.
The first set provides knowledge about cooperative fundamentals, management and governance. The courses are required by law of all cooperative officers and managers pursuant to Article 44 of Republic Act 9520 (the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008) and Rule 7 of its Implementing Rules and Regulations. The courses include Basic Cooperative Course, Cooperative Management and Governance, Financial Management, Conflict Management, Parliamentary Procedures, Leadership and Values Re-Orientation, Strategic Planning, Audit Management, Entrepreneurial and Business Management, Basic Accounting for Non-Accountants, Internal Control, Rules Formulation, and Cooperative Standards. The second set is intended to further enhance the skills, capabilities, and expertise of the participants in the performance of their duties. The courses are focused on Bio-enterprise Development, Entrepreneurship, Business Planning, Agribusiness and Marketing Management, Accessing Support Services (financing, technologies, market intelligence, etc.), Training Design and Methodologies, and Interactive Web and Computing. The third set of courses aims to develop appreciation and commitment on the part of the cooperatives to make their business activities in line with societal goals and objectives. Usually in the form of seminar-workshops, topics include community investment/involvement, food and health, energy, poverty alleviation, climate change, solid waste management, community livelihood, and eco-tourism, among other social issues.
Preparations are underway for the actual conduct of the training courses. These include a) putting up of a training calendar and announcements; development and reproduction of training materials; coordination with participating cooperatives and local cooperative development councils; and organization of training teams consisting of coordinator, resource persons and support staff. For more information, interested parties should contact:
The Director, ICOPED, College of Economics and Management
University of the Philippines Los Banos
College, Laguna 4031, Telefax: (049) 536-3266, Mobile: 09287506470
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
(IMPabuayon and SIMedina Jr.)
Publish Your Co-op Profile in the World Wide Web
There are many advantages if your co-op is present in the World Wide Web (shortened to "WWW" or simply called "The Web" or "Internet"). Foremost of these is that potential members as well as future partners can easily find your co-op and start a transaction through a telephone call or e-mail. For example, a fund manager can be searching for investors in your area, a donor can be looking for partners in your community, or a researcher can be gathering information for a new policy for co-ops. Each one of these parties can find your co-op easily if its profile is in the Internet.
Since the summer of 2011, ICOPED has put up a website for this purpose. At the website philcoop.net, you can publish your co-op's profile. If you have any questions, send us an email at .
The following tutorial guides you in getting access to philcoop.net and publishing your co-op profile.
Typing philcoop.net and pressing <Enter> will open the ICOPED pages in your browser. The picture below shows the page "About Us". Note that there are links to "Login" and "Register" at the top right of the page, as emphasized by the added arrow. To add your co-op profile to the site, you have to log into the site - start by clicking on "Login".
Note: The procedure for getting registered in the site is shown farther below as an annex. In the following tutorial, we assume that you already have your username and password, and that you have requested us to grant you the privileges of an editor.
To login, you click on the "Login" link shown above, right of the page. The login dialogue would appear like the picture below. Enter your username and the password emailed to you. Also enter the sum requested (This is anti-spam precaution).
If this is your first login, you will be presented with your profile, which you can then update. Enter your real name and check or un-check the information that you want displayed to the public. To change your password, click on the "Change Password" link. (Note that the "Logout" link is located far at the right side of the page.)
Clicking on the "Change Password" link opens a dialogue for your new password, which you type twice. Click on the "Save" button to complete the changes in your User Profile.
Next, locate the "Admin" link at the top right side of the page and click on it to open the Admin panel (This is the left section pointed to by arrow 1 in the picture below). You will add your co-op's profile under "Articles", so click on the "Add new" link near arrow 2 to add your co-op's article (Next to this, the "View" link will let you view and then possibly edit your previous articles).
The picture below shows what you would see while adding a new article or editing an existing one. You start by typing the title, which must be the name of your co-op, because you are writing its profile (While you type, a search-engine-friendly title will appear in the lower box - you can leave that box alone). Next, you enter the information about your co-op in the big box entitled "Text". There are some simple codes needed to format your text here, see below:
<p>Content</p> - paragraph markers with "Content" inside them,
<p> means beginning of paragraph while
</p> means ending of paragraph, and
pressing the button will write this mark for you);
<br> - line break, added to the end of a line if you want to write the next line, and
pressing the button will write this mark for you;
<ul></ul> - bullet list,
<ul> means beginning of list while
</ul> means ending of list, and
<li>Item</li> is the listed item, each item being surrounded by the beginning and ending marks <li> and </li>.
Note: For a list using numbers instead of bullets, use ol instead of ul (ol means "ordered list" while ul means "unordered list").
At any time, you can click on "Preview" to see how your page looks. Click on "Preview" again to continue working in the "Text" box.
Another example of text input is shown below, where the placement of an image is shown. The image is named icoped_logo.png, but it could be any name, like my_coop_logo.jpg or our_office.jpg. The words before the name such as /icoped/userfiles/ refer to the location of the image, which could be in the philcoop.net site or in any free image storage site (If you email to us your image, we will give you its location, or we will place the image directly in your co-op profile). Lastly, there is "alt", which refers to your description of the image (this description would appear when your image disappears for some reason).
Again, you can click on "Preview" to see how your page looks (see above).
Now, we enter the other page settings for your article, as you can see in the picture below. First, tick the checkbox "Publish article" by clicking on it - you do this because you want to make it viewable by the public. Next, you click on "Customize", and then enter the "Description META Tag" of your article, which is how you would describe your co-op. Finally, you enter the "Keywords META Tag", which are the words, separated by commas, that describe your co-op. Choose the unique words about your co-op when filling these boxes.
You may or may enable comments on your article by ticking the "Enable comments" box. We suggest that you leave it as is (checked). And finally, to save your work, click on the "Submit" button.
Your article will then be visible in the website philcoop.net. While you are logged in, you will see the link "Edit" below the article, and you can click on it to edit your article. Another way to know that you are still logged in is to check that the admin panel (with your name on it) is still showing at the top right side of the website, like the picture below.
If you are not logged in, the following will be shown at the same location.
Login to start editing your old article or writing a new one for your co-op. To see how this is done, go back to the start of this tutorial.
You have to be registered in the website so that you can login to enter or edit information. Click on the "Register" link located at the top, right of the page and then enter the needed information in the dialog that looks like the picture below. You enter a username that is 4-8 characters long (numbers may be used but not spaces) and also provide your email address. If you have a favorite website, enter it in the "Website URL" box (but this is optional). Lastly, you enter the sum requested - this is for spam prevention (automated spammers fill up forms like this, but they are foiled by questions that only humans can answer, like this addition of numbers).
Successful registration will result to a "success" message like that shown in the picture below. You can then check your email for the password and use it together with your username to login.
If you login now, you will have limited rights in the form of adding comments. You have to first be upgraded to editor by doing the next step.
While your email is still open, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us that you have already registered in the site and want to upload your co-op profile. We will then upgrade you as editor so that you can have the proper site privileges (Note that new registrants are only allowed to post comments).
Ideally, you should wait for a reply from us before trying to login because publishing information in the site requires you to have editor privileges. But sometimes, problems can happen in email delivery and you would have gotten editor privileges already, so there is no harm in trying to login and start publishing your co-op in the Web.
Our email is
Added by raffy September 5, 2011 (4:04AM)