For the year 2011, there are 155 millionaire cooperatives for Region 1. Seventy one (71) coops are in the province of Pangasinan, thirty (30) coops in La Union, twenty six (26) coops in Ilocos Sur and twenty eight (28) coops in Ilocos Norte.
CDA Dagupan Extension Office
2011 Major Accomplishments & Significant Milestones
The Cooperative Development Authority - Dagupan Extension Office (CDA DEO) as the lead government agency in cooperative promotion, development and regulation in Region I endeavored in the year 2011 to focus its efforts and resources on the sole mission of ensuring the safe and sound operation of cooperatives. Journeying onward to the overall vision of a CDA that is an effective and efficient regulatory agency working towards the development of viable, sustainable, socially responsive and globally competitive cooperatives, the CDA DEO, with its thirty three (33) technical and administrative personnel, worked for the rest of the year to support, reinforce and complement the efforts and resources of the central and other extension offices thereby contributing to the full realization of said vision.
The Ilocos region or Region I (Ilokano: Rehion ti Ilocos, or Deppaar ti Ilocos ; Pangasinan: Rihiyon na Sagor na Baybay na Luzon) of the Philippines is located in the northwestern region portion of Luzon. It is bounded by the Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley to the east, Central Luzon to the south and by the South China Sea to the west.
The province of Pangasinan composes 58% of the region's population, 42% of its area and 61% of its economy (NSCB, 2009). The region is composed of four provinces, namely: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan. Its regional center is San Fernando City, La Union, La Union. The Ilocano speaking people compose 66% of the region, the Pangasinan speaking people compose 27%, and the Tagalogs compose 3%. Region I is composed of four (4) provinces, nine (9) cities, 116 municipalities, and 3265 barangays. According to the latest National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) Statwatch data, it has a total population of 4,546,789.
Of the stated population count, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) reports that the registered voters in the region numbers to 2,808,712.
Vis-à-vis the above-stated backdrop on location, area and population and with our intention of participating in the generation of local investments and strengthening of the local market consequently resisting poverty and unemployment through transformative cooperative development, courses of action were undertaken by the CDA DEO for the advancement of People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace in the year 2011.
With its regular functions, and the CDA 3-Point Agenda as the flagship program, and with the objective of contributing to the achievement of the five priority agenda of the Administration of His Excellency President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, we hereby present the annual accomplishments of the CDA DEO for the year 2011 benefitting the cooperative sector and the cooperative constituency in Region I.
A. Transparent, Accountable and Participatory Governance
With strong determination to operate within the bounds of good governance, the CDA DEO made efforts to:
B. Poverty Reduction and Empowerment of the Poor & Vulnerable
The CDA DEO has always carried out its mandate to promote cooperatives as vehicles for social justice and economic development. Thus, we recognize cooperatives as most potent socio-economic and cultural enterprises that can largely contribute to poverty reduction and empowerment of the poor and vulnerable. To this end and under its 1st Major Final Objective (MFO) which is Efficient and Effective Registration of Cooperative, the CDA DEO registered 1,263 cooperatives as of December 31, 2011 with 239,821 members. In response to the initial campaign of the CDA DEO, along the lines of the Massive Membership Expansion Agenda of the CDA under the leadership of Chairman Emmanuel M. Santiaguel, 41% membership increase from year 2010 figures was recorded this year. Through various cooperative enterprises and services, and benefitting from an overall year 2011 Net Surplus of Php 227,743,433.22, group and individual entrepreneurs are expected to come to the forefront of the broad development movement that would resist and defeat poverty. Since majority of cooperatives are agriculture based, small farmers and fisherfolks were benefitted by operation of cooperatives in the region. Local products were promoted through marketing efforts as well.
On Human Resource Development (HRD) efforts, a total of 151 trainings conducted, 404 mentoring activities and provision of 183 other technical assistance benefitting 3602 cooperators. The CDA have accredited three (3) training providers namely: Ilocos Norte PCU, Provincial Cooperative Union of La Union, and Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives. Also, there were twenty six (26) accredited external auditors in the region.
For the linkaging and partnership initiatives, a total of 43 joint undertakings were implemented. Of these, 23 were programs with NGAs, 9 with NGOs and 12 for the promotion of sustainable development. A total of nine (9) cooperatives were given awards/recognition in relation to their support of the three point agenda and poverty reduction program of the government.
C. Rapid, Inclusive and Sustained Economic Growth
Backed by the developmental services, advocacy and initiatives of the CDA DEO in partnership with other stakeholders, cooperatives in Region I have contributed a Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) amounting to Php 40,737,475,000.00 as of 2009 and a Php 854.30 Billion total investments generated as of the 3rd Quarter of 2011, poverty is still very present in the region. Thus, the NSCB rated Poverty Incidence of Families based on 2009 data at 17.8% and an Annual per Capita Poverty Threshold at Php 17,768.00. At this point, the region also has a 7.9% unemployment rate and a GRDP Growth Rate at 1.0%. Cooperatives have also pumped the regional economy with their total paid up capital amounting to Php 1,410,070,284.44 and Savings amounting to Php 623,934,913.96 with a volume of business of cooperatives in the region amounted to Php 3,253,075,950.59.
D. Just and Lasting Peace and the rule of LawThrough cooperative regulation and the provision of quasi-judicial services as well as promotion of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation and conciliation and voluntary arbitration, as well as by the provision of technical advises and legal opinions, the CDA DEO made its share to promote peace in communities where cooperatives are operating. All cooperatives were mandated to include in
E. Integrity of the Environment and Climate Change
During the celebration of the cooperative month last October 2011, the CDA in partnership with the cooperatives, LGUs, and NGAs, the CDCs, Federations and Unions, embarked on a massive tree planting all over the region. This marked the paradigm shift from a government agency with minimal environmental consciousness to one with an activist and proactive stance for environmental concerns.
Topics discussed in relation to the nurture and protection of our environment and are as follows: 1) panahon Na, 2) fish Kill, 3) reforestation of denuded areas, 4) may pera sa basura and 5) upland tree growing.
These are our collective major accomplishments for the year 2011 which created breakthroughs, gained headways and scaled new heights for the cooperative movement.
Source: RD, ARD, CRITS
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed year 2012 as the INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF COOPERATIVES (IYC) thru Resolution 64/136, which encourage all member States and all relevant stakeholders to take advantage of the IYC:
• to promote cooperative;
• to raise public awareness of the contribution of cooperatives to social and economic development and promote the formation and growth of cooperatives;
In relation to this, the Cooperative Development Authority created a National and Steering Committee to celebrate the Philippine IYC 2012, composed of cooperative federations/unions, government institutions, academes, cooperative party lists and other relevant institutions tasked to develop and implement programs and activities at the national level.
With the theme "Transformative Cooperatives for People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace", the Philippine IYC 2012 aims:
• to increase public awareness about cooperatives and their contributions to advance the 4P's for sustainable development;
• engage government to create policy environment conducive to the formation, growth and stability of cooperatives, and
• to advance the 5 priority areas, the Philippine Cooperative Medium Term Development Plan (PCMTDP) and CDA 3 Point Agenda.
Source: ARD J. Bitonio