Cooperative Mandatory Reports and some Updates

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In the previous issue, it was mentioned by Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Regional Director, Atty. Franco G. Bawang Jr. that the country will celebrate 100 years of cooperative existence anchored on the passage of Act 2508. Several activities will be conducted in various parts of the country, one of which is Kick-Off Activity of the Philippine Cooperative Centennial Year that will take place at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City on February 5, 2015 (3:00PM). We encourage all cooperatives to join us in the activity at the same time come up with slogans, printed T-shirts with Centennial Year and cooperative logo. Also, we look forward to some write ups on the history and success story of their respective organizations that can be featured in this paper and other media outfits including CDA website.

Moreover, the CDA has posted in its website (www.cda.gov.ph) the updated Cooperative Annual Performance Report now called Cooperative Annual Progress Report with some enhancements done to capture relevant information that can be used by CDA and all stakeholders. Cooperatives with internet access can download the forms and fill-up the required fields.For CDA-CAR Extension Office registered cooperatives, photocopies of the said form are available at the CDA-CAR Extension Office located at 4th Floor, New Building, Lyman Ogilby Centrum, Magsaysay, Baguio City.

Furthermore, the issuance of CDA Memorandum Circular No. 2014-05  entitled “Guidelines in the Implementation of Web-Based Cooperative Annual Progress Report Information System (CAPRIS)”  further directs all registered cooperatives to have their official email address and be submitted to the respective extension offices where the principal office is located. Under the new system, cooperative users shall be issued access rights by CDA. It shall be the responsibility of authorized cooperative users to encode and submitthe required data, view encoded data and download and print encoded data.

In addition to the revised CAPR all other Mandatory Reports like Audited Financial Statement (with BIR stamp received), duly filled up Social Audit Report, Performance Report and Report on List of Officers and Trainings Attended shall be submitted to the Extension Office. It is encouraged that updated bond of accountable officer, Minutes of the Latest General Assembly Meeting, and letter request for the issuance of Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) stating the purpose be simultaneously forwarded with the said mandatory reports.  Deadline of submission is April 30, 2015 and corresponding penalties shall be imposed on all late reports.

On registration, the CDA-CAR Extension Office had resumed processing registration of new cooperatives and amendments after its temporary suspension due to enhancement of the Cooperative Registration Information System (COOPRIS). Cooperatives can now proceed to our website and apply on line by clicking Reserve Coop Name tab or button. Other updates are featured in such website.

Year 2014 was a fruitful year for CDA-CAR Extension Office as about 85% of the total registered cooperatives complied with mandatory reportorial requirements.  Our Extension Office was adjudged as one among the Best Performing Region in 2013 given your unending support. You made all the CDA personnel happy given the financial rewards they received as a result of our good collaboration.  Thank you and let us sustain the solidarity and teamwork we have built through the years.

Our neighbor lawyer says Mine, Oh, Mine. We join him in the excitements for the year 2015. Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Adrian Bartolo and my cousin Cathy Calixto who tied the knot at the Southern Baptist Church, Lubo, Kibungan, Benguet last January 10, 2015. The celebration was officiated by Pastor Esio Paul Tabon, Minister of the said church.With us include Benguet Board Member Robert Namoro, Councilor Edwin Nitron, Punong Barangay Nestor Esteban and some kagawads.  It was a privilege to be counted as one of the sponsors and to visit my hometown that was once upon a time a mining site. Thank you pastor , fellow Ninongs and Ninangs for the enlightenment and added humor during the occasion, it made the activity lively.

We observed the mined out area had changed since Western Minolco Corporation abandoned it in 1982. From barren lands due to open pit mining it gradually gained some greenery with the growth of grasses and endemic tree species. We hope cooperatives will help in sustaining the positive environmental changes in Lubo and Boneng, Naguey, Atok, Benguet. The area can be converted as an additional eco-tourism site given the man-made lake and the remnants of open pit mining operation. The newly registered BLUE Farmers Consumers Cooperative based at the Old Motor Pool area is the only operating cooperative in sitio Boneng.  Trekkers can also enjoy the camp site along the hill of Boneng with grass vegetation and overlooking barangay Naguey and Poblacion, Atok.

Adjacent to it are burial caves in sitioInuman of barangay Pasdong, Atok, Benguet. One can have a glimpse on how our ancestors managed to carve logs turned into coffins. Going down to Pasdong Proper, one can enjoy the rampaging headwaters of Amburayan River. Folks of the area are good at making “tapey” out of their rice produce.  The Pasdong Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative supplies the basic goods and services needed by the community. It’s one of the millionaire cooperatives located in the interior barangays of Atok that received numerous support from private and public institutions.

Again, iyamanendakayo am-in.

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