Chairperson Rodrigo S. Gamit of the Provincial Cooperative Development Council and Board Member Renario Bihag of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan led the 3rd Quarter PCDC Meeting. This gathering is in preparation for the celebration of the Cooperative Month in October to discuss the different programs and activities of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte that are meant for the less fortunate constituents and strengthening the support to micro cooperatives in the province. The theme of this year’s commemoration; “Cooperatives: Empowering the Poor and the Vulnerable Towards Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development.”
The members who attended the PCDC meeting are Municipal Cooperative Officers, Municipal Cooperative Development Chairpersons, Department of Trade and Industry, Cooperative Development Authority and the cooperatives with province-wide operations.
To support the newly organized cooperatives in the province, the Cooperative Development Authority will identify the micro cooperatives that have an asset of three million pesos below. The Provincial Cooperative Office will evaluate the identified micro cooperatives that are performing actively before awarding them with Livelihood Assistance Projects.
The proposed activities presented by the Provincial Cooperative Office were approved by all the stakeholders in attendance. One of the activities that will be included in the month long observance is the two-day seminar on Fundamentals of Cooperatives and Governance and Management of Cooperatives. This seminar is intended to provide necessary aid to micro cooperatives for them to grow towards sustainable development. This said activity will occur on October 10-11, 2017 at Macapagal Training Center.
On October 18, 2017, a tree planting activity and coastal clean-up has been scheduled at Sultan Naga Dimaporo (SND). This activity is in support for the global campaign and a way to implement the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. The said activity in taking care of the environment is for the cooperative members to have a sense of responsibility in conservation and protection of the environment. The PCO will also be having a Mass feeding program and free haircut in partnership with the Association of Lanao Norte Makeup Artists (ASLANOMA) at Pikalawag Beach Resort in SND.
In addition, cooperatives were asked to coordinate with the PCO in order to incorporate their activities with the programs scheduled in celebration of the Cooperative Month. A simultaneous motorcade from the Municipality of Linamon and the Municipality Sultan Naga Dimaporo will culminate this celebration from both sides going towards Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium. The Provincial Cooperatives Office will be awarding Gawad Parangal / Most Outstanding Cooperatives. Raffle Draws, Cooperative Hymn Contest and Search for Most Sustainable Cooperatives will also take place on this day.
The empowerment of the marginalized sector of the community through cooperatives is just one of the various projects and programs of the Inclusive Growth Plan of the Quibranza-Dimaporo Initiatives where the residents of the province are given opportunities to enhance their financial status or capabilities by working as a group instead as individuals.
The relentless efforts of Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo, and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo and with the unwavering support of the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Chaired by Vice-Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay along with the cooperation, coordination and collaboration of the Municipal Mayors, who are constantly finding ways to improve the living conditions of the residents and bringing in various projects in partnership with the national government agencies for the common good of the people and for the continuous prosperity of the peaceful Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty.” PIO-LDN