Wednesday, August 27, 2014


The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) will stop accepting from cooperatives, applications for name reservation, new registration, and registration of amendment of articles of cooperation and by-laws, effective September 8, 2014.

CDA Dep. Exec. Dir. GIOVANNI PLATERO, in an announcement posted Aug. 27, 2014, said all such applications will not be accepted in all CDA offices nationwide, starting said date.

The reason:  CDA will implement the migration of its cooperative data, from the existing Registration Information System (RIS), to its newly-adopted Cooperative Registration Information System (CooPRIS).

However, CDA will resume accepting applications for such transactions after September 30, 2014.  (END). 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Are cooperatives among the risk areas for money laundering /terrorism financing?

The answer to this could be inferred with the inclusion of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), to the ML/TF NRA (Money Laundering/Terrorism Financing National Risk Assessment) Working Group.

The Office of the President of the Philippines issued Memorandum Circular No. 64, dated June 20, 2014, creating such Group.

It called on all concerned agencies (including CDA) to fully support and actively participate in the conduct of the Money Laundering/Terrorism Financing (ML/TF) National Risk Assessment (NRA) through involvement in the ML/TF NRA Working Group.

The NRA is an organized and systematic effort to identify and evaluate the sources and methods of money laundering and terrorist financing and weaknesses in the anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing systems and other vulnerabilities that have an impact, either direct or indirect, on the on the country conducting the assessment, according to SEC Memorandum Circular No. 17, series of 2014.

So, there.  Let's wait for the results of the study of the Working Group, to know if COOPERATIVES are at risk to money laundering activities. (END)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


"...It will be a sin, if I will never mention the efforts of our

partners and friends - the coop leaders and advocates, who,

all throughout my 3 years and 7 months gave their all-out

support to prove that COOPERATIVISM is a tool and

vehicle for socio-economic development...".

     For the whole "Farewell" message of Dr. Emmanuel M.

Santiaguel, Ph D and immediate past Chairman of the 

Cooperative Development Authority (CDA),  please visit



Friday, August 8, 2014


     Three (3) local cooperatives have been listed as participants to the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives, slated on October 6-9, 2014 in Quebec, Canada.

      These are NATCCO Network, MASS-SPECC, and MSU IIT National Multipurpose Cooperative, according to the list posted in the Summit's website.

      NATCCO Network, and MASS-SPECC are two of the country's biggest cooperative federations, and which were reported to have agreed to merge into one.

      The Summit is a biennial gathering where leaders of cooperatives and mutualists enterprises get together to discuss their concerns about the current and future business challenges they all share, according to the website information,

      The Summit will unveil ground-breaking world-class studies - mainly on the 5 Summit themes- that will shed new light on innovative capacity of cooperatives and mutualistic business models.

      The themes are:  1) Developing Cooperative and Mutual Enterprises; 2). Economic, Financing and Capitalization; 3). Employment; 4). Food Security; and 5). Health and Social Care Services, the website added.  (END).

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Congratulations in advance to the following cooperatives, who were adjudged as "Outstanding Partners in Helping Communities Grow", by the 2014 Gawad PITAK of the Land Bank of the Philippines.

The finalist-cooperatives listed are:

*  Bagumbayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative
    of Llanera, Nueva Ecija.

*  Barbaza Multi-Purpose Cooperative
    of Barbaza, Antique.

*  Baug CARP Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative
    of Magallanes, Agusan del Norte.

*   Buenavista Development Cooperative
     of Buenavista, Guimaras. 

*  Golden Group Gabay Puhunan Brotherhood
    Multi-Purpose Cooperative
    of San Fernando, Pampanga. 

*   Iwahori Multi-Purpose Cooperative
     of Mariveles, Bataan.

*   Luntian Multi-Purpose Cooperative
     of Tiaong, Quezon.

*   Nagkakaisang Magsasaka Agricultural Primary
     Multi-Purpose Cooperative
     of Talavera, Nueva Ecija.

*   NIA Region IV Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative
     of Pila, Laguna.

*   Sindangan FACOMA-Community Multi-Purpose
     of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

*   Socorro Empowered People's Cooperative
     of Socorro, Surigao del Norte.

*   Sta. Cruz Savings and Development Cooperative
     of Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur.

*   Talabutab Norte Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative
     of Gen. M. Natividad, Nueva Ecija.

*   Watchlife Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative
     of Mariveles, Bataan.

Land Bank of the Philippines said it "..has been actively giving due recognition to the many cooperatives seeking new and better opportunities of sustainable development and success to the people and various communities in the countryside..".

Congratulations, you are all winners, and may your tribe continue to increase!! (END) 
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