Serving People Two Decades and Beyond…
The Cooperative Development Authority-Manila Extension Office, more popularly known as “CDA-MEO or simply MEO” is one of the seven original extension offices of the CDA. It was established together with Dagupan, Naga, Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao. The pioneer seven frontline offices were initially provided for by Republic Act 6939 (the CDA charter) which was passed by congress and signed into law by the late President Cory Aquino on March 10, 1990.
The amiable Ernesto Boado became the first Regional Director of MEO where the transition from Bureau of Cooperative Development (BCOD) to CDA occurred during his administration. At that time, pre-existing cooperatives under P.D. 175 were confirmed by virtue of Republic Act 6938 (The Cooperative Code of the Philippines); thereafter, new cooperatives in Metro Manila are directly registered by MEO.
Nonie I. Hernandez, the Assistant Director then, took the helm of MEO upon Director Boado’s retirement. Under her term, the agency was an epitome of performance simplified by the agency’s emphasis for public service. As this was manifested in her unequivocal drive for human capital development both within the agency as well as with the cooperative sector. And, more importantly, it was MEOs premium for the strict implementation of its regulatory function that sets it apart from the rest of the extension offices. Through time then until this day, Officers-In-Charge come and go but CDA-Central Office has yet to come to terms that the first woman directress of MEO remains unparalleled.
In 2005 until 2008, the standardization of the chart of accounts used by cooperatives, the Manual of Rules and Regulation for Savings and Credit Cooperatives and the development of COOP-PESOS standards took their place in the history of cooperative development in the Philippines. MEO was at the forefront as proactive advocate for the adoption of these significant developmental and regulatory tools by all of the cooperatives in Metro Manila.
Then on December 16, 2008, Republic Act 9520 (The Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008) was successfully legislated by Congress and finally signed into law by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on February 17, 2009.
From March 22, 2009 to March 22, 2010, the MEO people prudently facilitated the mandatory compliance to the statutory requirements as prescribed by the Transitory Provisions (Art. 144) of R.A. 9520. Technical Personnel of the CDA-MEO assisted all Metro Manila cooperatives by offering on-line and actual documents retrieval so that cooperatives may maintain their juridical existence in the same way that few imprudent cooperatives were treated equally. After this re-registration process, the MEO also assisted cooperatives in the amendments of their articles and by-laws to effectively adopt the prescribed provisions of R.A. 9520.
Early 2011, Salvador V. Valeroso a Supervising Cooperative Development Specialist from Calamba Extension Office became the sixth Officer in Charge after the likes of Chairwoman Lecira V. Juarez, Atty. Niel A. Santillan et. al. Then a little over a year under OIC Valeroso, Mariata P. Hwang, Registration Chief at the CDA-CO, succeeded in July 2, 2012.
To date, like the rest of the Extension Offices, MEO is challenged to transform into reality the CDA administration’s 3-point agenda: Mainstreaming of Membership, Human Resources Development and Awards, Incentives and Recognition.