Lapuy-Batallion Employees Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (LBEARBCO)
PAY IT FORWARD by GIVING ITS HEART
Now it’s their time to pay it forward amid the pandemic.
The Lapuy-Batallion Employees Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (LBEARBCO), a booming cardaba-based cooperative in Sitio Lapuy, Mandug, Davao City donated part of their current harvest to COVID-19 front liners in Davao City.
At least 2,000 kilograms of cardaba banana worth P25,000.00 were turned over to the officials of Barangay Pampanga, Davao City for distribution to its front liners. The co-op also donated 400 pieces of banana heart (puso), which can be used as fresh salad or ingredients to various cooking recipes. Banana blossom, which is part of the banana heart, is known to help cure infections as well as to relieve anxiety and depression making it a healthy food for the front liners.
LBEARBCO also donated 15 sacks of rice and canned goods to front liners in Barangay Mandug, where the co-op’s cardaba banana plantation is located. DA-XI through its High Value Crops Development Program has provided various interventions such as the provision of a hauling truck, farm tractor, water pump, and plastic crates from 2017-2019 to LBEARBCO.
Unity and hard work enabled the coop to have a gross income of P10M in 2019 without obtaining loans from any banks or financing institutions. In this time of health crisis, it is heartening to note that farmer-members of this coop are now donors helping their community combat coronavirus by ensuring that front liners nourish their body.| viaRAFIS XI
Manuel Guianga and Sirib Growers and Employees Multipurpose Cooperative
MAGSIGE MPC TAKES A STAND AGAINST COVID-19
As the nation continuously respond against the large scale effects of the pandemic, many organizations are facing significant challenges and need to respond rapidly. But what really captivates the heart of many is the way organizations helped those who are most in need that only shows the Filipino’s true Bayanihan spirit.
Currently, as the problem proliferates as fast as it could, Manuel Guianga and Sirib Growers and Employees Multipurpose Cooperative (MAGSIGE MPC) initiated activities in fight against the current pandemic. Several initiatives of the cooperative are given consideration to minimally aid and succor some problems locally. Such initiatives are:
- Production and provision of facemasks to different cooperative’s stakeholders. More than ten thousand facemasks were already distributed
- Partnering with different private sectors and individuals on the production and provision of quality protective suits to our dear COVID-19 front-liners in Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) thru MAGSIGE MPC’s Garments Manufacturing, a livelihood project in partnership with DOLE XI. A total of Five hundred fifty five sets of protective suits were distributed as of this writing
- Provision of protective suits and food packs to checkpoints and LGUs’.
- Partnered with a religious FM Station, DXGN 89.9 in seeking divine intervention during this very challenging time.
- Free delivery of basic goods to members affected by the enhanced community quarantine.
MAGSIGE MPC as a social enterprise remains committed to our bond – to continuously work hand in hand with the various sector in the society and take a stand against COVID-19.
Toril Community Cooperative (TCC)
Toril Community Cooperative Responds to COVID 19 Crisis
Toril Community Cooperative (TCC) is a multipurpose cooperative with products and services in savings and credit, funeral homes, condo-hostel, KAYA Payment Platform, automated teller machines and Coop Assurance.
As part of the safety and precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, TCC has implemented a skeletal workforce scheme and reduced the number of operational hours from an 8-hour work day down to four (4) applicable for TCC main, and branches from Monday to Friday. However, the satellite offices in Padada and Puan are both temporarily closed until further notice. Members of the affected areas were advised to transact to their nearest TCC branch. The TCC Condohostel’s operations is also temporarily halted. Meanwhile, the TCC Funeral Homes remains open and operational however, chapel services is closed to reduce the risk of covid-19. PPEs were given to the front liners.
TCC installed a mobile sink outside the office premises from where members can wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, foot bath is also laid, and tents were put outside with chairs having considerable distance in observance to social distancing.
In adherence to the “Bayanihan we heal as one act”, TCC implemented a loan moratorium effective until health crisis is lifted. Interest on Share Capital and Patronage Refund amounting to P12,889,748.00 was released. Cash Assistance to 17,816 members at P300.00 each with a total amount of P5,344,800.00 to be taken from the Community Development Fund and Optional Fund and is scheduled for releasing within this week.
Aside from the aforementioned practices, TCC has enjoined the front liner’s fight against covid19 by donating PPEs to the hospitals in Toril Area amounting to P67,000.00, responded to the call of MAGSIGE Coop to donate PPE to Southern Philippines Medical Center amounting to P10,000.00, and provided Tents to front liners assigned in Checkpoints in Toril Area.
Lastly, Toril Community Cooperative has ensured that its employees are also given due assistance from where they were provided with Face Masks, Alcohol, Sanitizers and Vitamins; half of the 13th month pay of 88 employees amounting to P633,871.69 were released, hazard pay to front liner employees – total amount released to date P156,000.00 were paid, and cash assistance of P2,500.00 were given to employees with exhausted leave credits.
DAVAO DEL NORTE
Asawa Multipurpose Cooperative
DAPCO Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (DARBCO)
Beneficiaries of Agrarian Reform in checkered Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BARC MPC)
Katipunan Small Coconut Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative
The Department of Agrarian Reform of Davao del Norte recognized the effort of the following cooperatives in Davao del Norte thru their social media post on April 9, 2020, which was written as:
“In time of the Covid19 pandemic crisis, Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations in Davao de Norte have also been busy extending their part of helping not just the frontliners of Covid19 in the province but also their own frontliners in their respective cooperatives and organizations – their workers and members.”
Happening right now is the Asawa Multi-purpose Cooperative of Barangay Sagayen, Municipality of Asuncion, a water and sanitation provider, is distributing 7 kilos of rice to its members who have been affected by the Regional Community Quarantine.
Also in the Panabo City, operations in DAPCO Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (DARBCO) and Beneficiaries of Agrarian Reform in checkered Multi-Purpose cooperative (BARC MPC) have also been continuing amidst the scare of the pandemic in order to continue the supply of much needed cavendish banana in the market as well as to help its members and constituents. Selected but essential workers in the cooperative were called to report in the plants to assist the production of cavendish banana.
On the other hand, Katipunan Small Coconut Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, also in Panabo City, have also extended their assistance to the frontliners in the city by giving them food packs, water and alcohol.”
“Tagum Cooperative ang Kadangpang ko”, words put into flesh as the spirit of cooperativism kindles amidst the corona virus outbreak. In this time of crisis, they took part to share the following to their members and community, to wit:
- Rice Subsidy to 100,346 TC Members – Php 25,086,500.00
- Vitamin C for TC Employees – Php 120,125.65.00
- Cash Assistance to TC Guards and Cleaners – Php 141,500.00
- Washable Face Masks, Surgical Gloves and Biscuits for Frontliners – Php 184,870.00.00
Panabo Multipurpose Cooperative (PMPC)
Panabo Multipurpose Cooperative, with Clean Up Solutions Enterprises, Inc., and Former City Councilor, Mr. Jovito M. Glodo, joined hand-in-hand in providing aid to the LGU of Panabo City for its needs for disinfectants in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
PMPC, headed by its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Reynaldo T. Gulane, donated a total of 525 liters of liquid hand soap to the LGU.
The said donation was personally received by the Panabo City Mayor, Hon. Jose E. Relampagos, at the Sabon Depot-Panabo.
The total donated products are 1,050 liters of liquid hand soap and 1,050 liters of liquid bleach.
On the other hand, on April 17, 2020, Barangay Southern Davao 1949 posted in their Facebook Page their appreciation to PMPC for its 80 packs of rice donation in Brgy. Southern Davao.
“Daghang salamat PANABO MULTI-PURPOSE COOPERATIVE (PMPC) sa inyong 80 packs of rice nga gihatag diri sa Brgy. Southern Davao, dako kining tabang sa atong mga maabtikon ug kugihan nga mga frontliners. Ang Ginoo na ang mubalos sa inyong kamaayo ug tagaan pamong daghang grasya sa atong Labawng Makagagahom. Daghang Salamat.”
NIA-SAUG Employees and Irrigators Multi Purpose Cooperative (NIA-SEIMCO)
On April 18, 2020, NIA-SAUG Employees and Irrigators Multi Purpose Cooperative (NIA-SEIMCO) distributed relief goods to their members.
Diamond Individual Farmers Cooperative (DIFCO)
Diamond Individual Farmers Cooperative (DIFCO) of Carmen, Davao del Norte, distributed cash and relief goods worth Php 200,000.00 on April 22, 2020 while in observation of social distancing.
Kapalong Government Officials and Employees Cooperative (KAGOECO)
Kapalong Government Officials and Employees Cooperative (KAGOECO) of Kapalong, Davao del Norte donated disinfectants to Kapalong IATF frontliners and checkpoints.
DAVAO DE ORO
DFC Pawarb Multipurpose Cooperative (PAWARB COOP),
Maragusan Growers Multipurpose Cooperative (MAGROW MPC),
Callawan Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (CALFAMCO)
On April 20, 2020, the Department of Agrarian Reform Davao de Oro posted in their Facebook Page the following by expressing their gratitude to the following cooperatives, which was written:
“Imbued by the spirit of bayanihan, DFC PAWARB MPC of Compostela, MAGROW MPC of Maragusan, and CALFAMCO of New Bataan, take part in donating PPEs to the frontliners and medical workers of their respective municipalities.Callawan Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (CALFAMCO) in Cabinuangan, New Bataan, Davao de Oro provides 3 kilos of rice to their members.”
Pag-asa Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PAFAMUPCO)
Pag-asa Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PAFAMUPCO), headed by its Chairperson Dir. Wilfredo Villuencino Baco and Manager Mrs. Jocelyn Geverola Etang, personally handed financial assistance worth P30,000.00 to COVID19 Brgy. Task Force and frontliners of Brgy. Katipunan, New Bataan, Davao de Oro thru its Brgy. Captain Hon. Luzviminda Racho and councilor Hon. Francisco “Titing”E. Etang Jr. on April 9, 2020, as according to the coop, “Our simple way of saying Thank you to our FRONTLINERS.”
Further, on the same day, thru Manager Mrs. Jocelyn G. Etang with the management staff donated 4 pieces’ headlamp/flashlight and 1 unit of AM/FM radio at Baclog Post COVID-19 Brgy. Task Force in Brgy. Katipunan, New Bataan, Davao de Oro. The following items were received by BAPO Mr. Delson Junio and Mr. Pedro Gian.
Municipal Employees of Mati Cooperative (MEMCO)
Municipal Employees of Mati Cooperative (MEMCO) distributed food packs for the City LGU frontliners on April 16, 2020 at Upper Bliss, Barangay Sainz, City of Mati.
Limbahan Small Coconut Farmers and Women Multipurpose Cooperative (LIMSCOFARMCO)
Limbahan Small Coconut Farmers and Women Multipurpose Cooperative (LIMSCOFARMCO) gave foodpacks for volunteers and frontliners. They also distributed relief goods.
Photo credits to Ms. Leny Tomas Rosas, posted in Registered Cooperatives in Davao Oriental social media page on April 16, 2020.