The Cebu Provincial Government formally inaugurated the Coop Business Center (CBC) inside the Cebu South Bus Terminal on Thursday, August 3, 2017.
Aside from offering products and services from accredited cooperatives of Cebu province, the center will also serve as office of the Cebu Province Association of Accredited Cooperatives (CPAAC).
CPAAC is Capitol’s partner in establishing the CBC whose aim includes the cooperation, participation, and linkages of Cebu’s registered cooperative. The center will also help facilitate coop concerns.
Capitol consultant on cooperatives, lawyer Herculeano Rizon said the CBC will become a venue for members to enhance their skills. Rizon represented Governor Hilario P. Davide III in the said event.
“I am thankful to CPAAC, together with the strong support of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) for the opportunities given to all cooperatives here in Cebu to develop their knowledge and skills through enhancement trainings, seminars and other activities,” Rizon said reading Davide’s message.
The governor added that the center is a good place for promoting Cebu’s native delicacies and products made by the cooperatives.
CPAAC started in 2015 with only 23 members, said CPAAC secretary Elias Baquero.
More cooperatives joined in until its numbers grew to 40 and are now accredited with the Provincial Government, he added.
“Dinhi ning Coop Business Center pwede ninyo madisplay ang inyo mga produkto, ang abang tubagon sa probinsiya,” said Davide.
Various products are on display inside the business center from simple personal care products, food supplement, to printing services.
Also present during the inauguration were Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, CPAAC president Bernardo Desabille and Buddy Berdin representing Board Member and Committee on Cooperative chairman, Jude Sybico.
NATCCO’s Divina Grace Aya-ay, DSWD Regional Director Evelyn Macapobre, Cletus Villamor of Cooperative Development Authority, Gary Maningo of Cebu Surety Fund of the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas and Capitol’s Investment and Promotion head, Roy Soledad, also attended the event. (OCP)