CDA Region I EO

Regional Clustered Organization Explores Financial Strategies and Elects New Leadership

The Regional Clustered Organization (RCO) – Credit and Financial Services, Banking, Insurance, and Credit Surety Fund Cluster convened its general assembly meeting on February 26, 2024, utilizing the platform of video conferencing. This gathering proved to be a vital avenue for discussing a myriad of concerns and pertinent topics within the financial cluster.

Attended by 40 cooperative officers, the meeting was chaired by Mr. Alexander B. Raquepo, the President of the RCO – Finance Cluster of Region 1. Mr. Raquepo commenced proceedings by introducing the Sectoral Apex Organization (SAO) – Financial Cluster Strategic Roadmap 2024. He provided a comprehensive overview of the SAO’s mission and elaborated on the strategies devised to achieve its objectives.

Subsequently, the floor was opened for the election of a new set of officers. Ms. Renee Faye D. Cariño, Senior CDS of CDA Region 1 Extension Office and the Finance Cluster Focal Person, assumed the responsibility of facilitating the election process. The newly elected officers are as follows:

President – Mamerto Santos, Chairperson of Saint Paschal Baylon Multipurpose Cooperative

Vice President – Luzviminda Apuya of Suyo MPC

Secretary – Zeny Reño, Secretary of NSCC Employees MPC

Treasurer – Gemma D. Sales, Manager of San Fabian PCWI MPC

Provincial Representatives:

Pangasinan – Myrna Datuin, Acting Manager of Lambayan MPC

La Union – Jane Agadang, Manager of Saytan Savings & Credit Cooperative

Ilocos Sur – Jaime Galanta, CEO of Sacred Heart Savings & Credit Cooperative

Ilocos Norte – Crisalie Allysa B. Taer of Bagnos MPC

The latter part of the assembly was dedicated to discussing proposed activities for the upcoming Region 1 Finance Cluster Summit. Noteworthy among the suggestions was the proposal to showcase the best practices of cooperatives, offering a blueprint for emulation by others seeking success in their operations. While the precise date for the summit remains pending, it was agreed to be determined in subsequent discussions as various activities are still under consideration.

As the meeting drew to a close, attendees were reminded to submit any additional proposed activities through the RCO Group Chat. These submissions will be thoroughly reviewed and deliberated upon during the next meeting.

With a shared commitment to advancing the interests of the financial cluster and fostering collaboration among cooperatives, the assembly adjourned, marking another step forward in the collective pursuit of excellence and innovation in the financial landscape. (Renee Faye Carino, Sr. CDS)