This October 24 to 26, the Philippine cooperative movement will reinforce their strength as 5,000 delegates representing cooperatives, gather at the SMX Convention Centre along the SM Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City for the 13th National Cooperative Summit (13th NCS).
Convened by the Philippine Cooperative Centre (PCC), in partnership with the Cooperative Development Authority as co-convenor, the 13th NCS has adopted as its theme, Exceeding the Limits, Sustaining Excellence, to showcase the extent of development the cooperative movement has achieved after commemorating its Centennial last year, and the unlimited growth prospects it presents as it enters a new cooperative century amidst shifting-and exciting—socio-economic trends.
Moreover, the 13th NCS will equally reinforce PCC’s image as the apex of organizations representing the cooperative movement in the country. The three-day event will gather and serve as a platform of advocacy for the movement as ‘co-operators’ discuss, strategize and come up with solutions on pressing issues confronting cooperatives as a sector.
Highlighting the three-day affair are video presentations recapping the first century of the movement in the country as well as what’s in store for the new coop century; reports on the state of the movement, courtesy of CDA; the Bigay Pugay Awards for deserving co-operators; priority reports on electric cooperatives, financial, services, producers and market clusters; as well as training and advocacy programs for cooperatives of indigenous people, Muslims, PWDs and senior citizens. Other coop entities will be given their time to share their enriching experiences that can set benchmarks for the movement to emulate.
Invited to grace the opening ceremonies are President Rodrigo Duterte as Guest of Honor and Balu Iyer, Regional Director/Asia-Pacific of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) for his Keynote Address.
There are now 25,600 cooperatives registered with the CDA, employing more than 500,000, and serving more than 13 million Filipinos thru savings and loans, agricultural inputs and marketing, micro-insurance, health services, education, housing, enterprise development, and employment.