At least 28 cooperatives of San Remigio and its neighboring towns in northern Cebu joined the mandatory training sponsored by the Cebu Provincial Government last August 27 to 28.
The two-day event was supported by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), municipality of San Remigio and National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO).
It attracted185 officials from different cooperatives of the towns of San Remigio, Daanbantayan, Medellin, Tabogon, Tabuelan and the city of Bogo.
“The provincial government wants to strengthen the cooperatives by providing you the knowledge in good governance. That is why we did not hesitate in responding to your invitation,” said Herculene Rizon, Capitol consultant for cooperatives.
Rizon believes that the common goal that binds the cooperative is a potent force that would fuel the organization in its drive of uplifting the lives of the marginalized sector and the poor.
Cooperatives from water, agriculture, credit, service, multipurpose, fishermen, financial and workers joined the event.
Eleaner Coming, board of director of Pangi Water Service Cooperative, thanked Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes A. Magpale for the free training.
Another participant Alex Mainit of the Teachers Credit Cooperative in San Remigio pointed out that they would have shelled out a bigger amount had their training was held in the city.
“Dako kaayo og tabang namong gagmay na cooperative nga na libre ang among training unya naa ra pod diri,” he said.
According to Mainit, it was the first time that the mandatory seminar required by CDA for accreditation was held in their hometown.
Topics tackled in the seminar included relevant laws, policies and guidelines governing the cooperatives as well as management strategies that would enhance the programs of small, micro and medium enterprises.
Gerry Oraño, NATTCO’s training officer and Reynaldo Gandionco, general manager of Fairchild Multipurpose Cooperative, were among the invited speakers. (Kelvin Cañizares)