About 250 members of micro and small cooperatives learned of the fundamentals of cooperative governance and management in the second mandatory training conducted by the Cebu Provincial Government in Danao City last July.
The two-day free training is one of Cooperative Development Authority’s (CDA) requirements for coop officers and members who wish to be elected as officers affecting coop registrations and renewal of registrations.
This is in partnership with CDA through the Cebu 5th District Cooperative Federation.
Through this training, CDA encourages viability and growth of cooperatives in the country. It is the sole government agency that registers cooperatives.
Participants expressed their gratitude to Governor Hilario P. Davide III and the Provincial Government for holding the seminar free of charge.
Usually cooperatives have to pay P2000 to P3000 to attend these mandatory trainings in compliance of CDA’s requirements.
“I am happy that the government is offering this training for free. It’s a big help for small cooperatives likes us,” shared Wilma Nuñeza of Catmon Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
Other participants said that they want more trainings sponsored by the government.
In a separate interview, Cipriana dela Cerna Mumar of CDA said there are more than 600 registered cooperatives in the province.
According to her, the number one problem of cooperatives is non-compliance of audit reports.
“Coops need to hire external auditors but it can be costly, a bit expensive for micro and small cooperatives,” she explained.
The first training was in Sibonga town last May. (Katrina Marie Diaz)