NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Did he leave his heart in Bicol?
Asec. Vidal D. Villanueva III traversed the mainland provinces of Bicol in his sincere desire to bring the Finance Cluster’s services closer to the cooperatives. His itinerary spanned through the four provinces of mainland Bicol, starting off with Camarines Norte and ending in Sorsogon, which is at the southern tip of the region and the gateway to the Visayas. He also touched base with select local government leaders and in so doing reinforced the already good working relationship between the Cooperative Development Authority—Region V Office and these local government units.
The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) recently conducted an activity for the cooperative sector under the Human Services Cluster headed by Assistant Secretary Myrla B. Paradillo. The cluster is composed of cooperatives that are engaged in health, housing, labor and manpower services.
Since the start of the year, around 15,000 families were affected by the flood during New Year’s Day and affected the cities of Talisay, Silay and Victorias and the municipality of E.B. Magalona. On January 8 & 9, 2021, over 38,000 families were also affected by the flood that hit cities and municipalities in Northern Negros Occidental. Based on the previous data of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division, the massive floods affected thousands of families and around 1,162 houses were damaged by the floods.
Because of the damages brought about by the flood, the cities of Silay, Talisay and Victorias and the municipality of E.B. Magalona all declared a state of calamity. Other cities affected include Cadiz, Sagay, Escalante and San Carlos.
In light of all of these calamities brought about by the heavy rain and flooding in Northern Negros and in the spirit of cooperativism, the CDA Board of Directors passed CDA BOD Resolution No. 010 S-2021 encouraging all cooperatives to extend the necessary assistance to the flood affected areas in the Norther part of Negros Occidental.
Concerted and collective efforts of the cooperatives in providing assistance in any way will surely make a great difference in the lives of the affected families especially during this time of crisis. /ECA
CDA PRESENTS RESEARCH STUDY ON THE FINANCIAL NEEDS OF THE MARKET VENDORS AND THE SMALL TIME CREDIT PROVIDERS TO THE COOPERATIVE STAKEHOLDERS
Last January 28, 2021, thru the online platform, more than 300 participants from cooperative sector, national government agencies, local government units, CDA officials and employees, and other cooperative development partners participated in the Presentation of Research Study on the Financial Needs of the Market Vendors and the Small Time Credit Providers. The holding of the activity was coordinated by the CDA Head Office through its Cooperative Research, Information and Training Division (CRITD).
CDA Finance Cluster Head, Assistant Secretary Vidal D. Villanueva III, visited the cooperatives in Region 10 particularly those in Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City from January 18 to 22, 2021 as part of the CDA Board’s oversight function. The purpose of his visit was to gain insight about issues that affect cooperatives which are engaged in financial services in aid of policy-making. On January 18, the Assistant Secretary along with Region 10 Director Glenn S. Garcia, CDS-II and Designated Executive Assistant Teresita B. Wagas, and CDS-II Mark Ga, visited six (6) cooperatives in Lantapan, Bukidnon, namely: Bantuanon ARBA MPC, Block II Farmers MPC, Cooperatiba sa Pobreng Mag-uuma (COPOMA) MPC, Highland High Valued Organic Crops MPC (HIVAOC MPC), Lantapan Vegetables Farmers Marketing Cooperative and Poblacion Lantapan MPC (POLANCO).