CDA Region XIII EO

3rd Floor, CDA Regional Office, Balibrea Bldg.,
Pili Drive, Butuan City

6 VOICES JOINED AS ONE

(Conduct of RCOs of Cooperatives General Assembly and Election of Officers)
By Niño Rosil C. Bantayan, CDS II

Cooperative Development Authority – Caraga facilitated the conduct of Regional Clustered Organizations’ General Assembly and Election of Officers of the six (6) cooperative clusters, namely: (a) Human Services Cluster: Health, Housing, Workers, and Labor Service; (b) Public Utilities Cluster: Electricity, Water, Communications, and Transport; (c) Credit and Financial Services, Banking, and Insurance Cluster; (d) Consumers, Marketing, Producers, and Logistics (CMPL Cluster); (e) Agriculture Cluster, Agrarian, Aquaculture, Farmers, Dairy, and Fisherfolk; (f) Education Cluster which includes Advocacy, and Unions. In a series of meetings starting April 30, then May 7, May 14, May 20, May 21 of this year, respectively, the General Assemblies and Elections were hosted virtually by the CDA-Caraga Regional Office via Zoom platform. The physical venue is the Conference room of the regional office where the guests from the Central Office were actually accommodated.

In attendance were the national cluster heads from the CDA Headquarters, for Human Services- Asec. Myrla B. Paradillo, for Public Utilities – Asec. Abad L. Santos, for Credit and Financial Services – Asec. Vidal Villanueva III, for CMPL – Asec. Pendatun B. Disimban, for Agriculture – Asec. Virgilio R. Lazaga, and for the Education and Advocacy -it was attended by Asec. Abdulsalam A. Guinomla. The over-all presider as Host Region was Regional Director of CDA-Caraga, Genaro D. Pogata Jr.  and the presence of the new CDA Chairman, Joseph “Joy” B. Encabo in all of the meetings was seen to it by, either, his representative or his virtual attendance.

In summary, a total of Two Hundred Fifty-Nine (259) participating coops attended the activity and distributed as follows: 87 coops for the Financial Cluster, 119 – for CMPL Cluster, 19 for Public Utilities, 2 coops for the Human Services Cluster, and also 2 coops for the Education and Advocacy Cluster, and 30 coops for the Agriculture Cluster.

The organization of Regional Clustered Organizations (RCO) is mandated by RA 11364, otherwise known as the “Cooperative Development Authority Charter of 2019” which was signed into law by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last August 08, 2019 and took effect on August 29, 2019. Purposely, it repealed RA 6939, to strengthen and reorganize the Cooperative Development Authority (The Authority) to carry out the provisions of the Act and those of Republic Act No. 6938, as amended by Republic Act No. 9520, otherwise known as the “Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008”. According to the statement of the Honorable Senator Juan Miguel F. Zubiri the change from the old to this new charter is a….” respond to the clamor of the cooperative sector, to make the Cooperative Development Authority more responsive to the needs of the sector and further promote cooperativism as an effective tool in achieving inclusive growth”.

In application, the purpose of the organization and recognition of regional clustered cooperatives for their representation to the sectoral apex organization and the national alliance is to give opportunities to all types of cooperatives in the overall consultative and coordinating body with the Authority.

Whether they be micro, small, medium or large…they must be represented as one cooperative movement during consultations.

As what Usec. Encabo said, Let us be one in our vision, mission and action and continuously embrace the principles of cooperativism as we promote the importance of economic sustainability, social justice and giving recognition to our contribution to nation building. I look forward to meeting and collaborating with all of you. I wish you all the best…”

Truly the success of the cooperative movement is shared by CDA and everyone!

Table 1. Human Services: Health, Housing, Workers, and Labor Service Newly Elected Officers

Position Name of Cooperative Cooperative Address
Chairperson Adres Soriano Memorial Hospital Cooperative National Highway, Purok 1, Barangay Cumawas, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur
Secretary Precious Life Health Service Cooperative Purok 20 National Highway, Poblacion, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur
Table 2. Public Utilities: Electricity, Water, Communications, and Transport Newly Elected Officers
Position Name of Cooperative Cooperative Address
Chairperson Balangay Transport Service Cooperative (BALTRANSCO) Ambago, Phase II, Block 40, Lot 8, Emenvil Subdivision
Vice-Chairperson Hayanggabon Transport Service Cooperative (HATSCO) Hayanggabon, Claver, Surigao del Norte
Secretary Agusan del Norte PUV Transport Service Cooperative (AGNORPUV Coop) Mortola Avenue, Barangay 7, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte
Treasurer JODAB Transport Service Cooperative Poblacion, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur
Representative (Type)
     Water Barangay Imelda Water Service Cooperative (BIWASCO) Barangay Hall, Barangay Imelda, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur
     Transport Agusan Sur Transport Service Cooperative (AGSURTRANSCO) P-3, Taglatawan, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur
Representative (Province)
     SDN Surigao del Norte Transport Cooperative (SDNTC) Km 2 Surigao City Integrated Terminal, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
     SDS CarCanMadCarLan Free Farmers Agriculture Cooperative P2, Brgy.Parang, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur
     Butuan City Diamond Transport Service Cooperative (DATSCO) Lapu-Lapu, T. Claudio St., corner J. Rosales St., Butuan City
Table 3. Credit and Financial Services, Banking, and Insurance Newly Elected Officers
Position Name of Cooperative Cooperative Address
Chairperson Baug CARP Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative Brgy. 9, Ojeda Ave., Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte
Vice-Chairperson PERA Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PERA MPC) Purok 2, Quirino Street, Barangay 4, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur
Secretary Bayugan Farmers Millers Multi-Purpose Cooperative Maygatasan, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur
Treasurer Malimono Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MAMCO) San Isidro (Poblacion), Malimono, Surigao del Norte
Representative (Type)
     Credit and Financial Surigao del Sur Community Initiative Multipurpose Cooperative (SCI MP) Capitol Hills, Telaje, Tandag City, Srigao del Sur
Representative (Province)
     ADN Livelihood Enhancement for Neighborhood Development Multipurpose Cooperative (LEND MPC) S. Jongko St., Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte
     ADS ASELCO Employees Multipurpose Cooperative (ASEMCO) Purok 1, San Isidro, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur
     SDN Surigao Empowered and Economic Multipurpose Cooperative (SEEMCO) Barangay Washington, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
     SDS BPESTA Multi-purpose Cooperative (BPESTAMPC) Poblacion, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur
     PDI DIAZ Multi-Purpose Cooperative Diaz, Tubajon, Province of Dinagat Islands
     Butuan City COA Caraga Employees Multi-purpose Cooperative (COA-CAREMCO)  Montilla Blvd. South, Butuan City

Table 4. Consumers, Marketing, Producers, and Logistics Newly Elected Officers
Position Name of Cooperative Cooperative Address
Chairperson Mangagoy Farmers Fisherfolks and Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MAFFISCO-MPC) RB Castillo St., Mangagoy, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur
Vice-Chairperson Water Ups Multi-Purpose Cooperative Purok 6, Poblacion, San Jose, Province of Dinagat Islands
Secretary Avanceña Beneficiaries and Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative Sanghan, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte
Treasurer San Isidro Parish Binucayan Area Farmers’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIPBAFAMCO) Parish Cmpd, Binucayan, Loreto, Agusan del Sur
Representative (Type)
     Consumers Doña Helene Basilisa Riverside Agriculture Cooperative Doña Helene, Basilisa, Province of Dinagat Islands
     Marketing Western Visayas Agro Industrial Multi-Purpose Cooperative Purok 1, San Isidro, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur
     Producers Bayugan Rubber Planters Multipurpose Cooperative (BARUPCO) Pomelo St., Poblacion, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur
Representative (Province)
     ADN San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) San Isidro, Santiago, Surigao del Sur
     ADS Agusan Farmers Producers Cooperative Purok 1, Barangay Aurora, Sta. Josefa, Agusan del Sur
     SDN Isla Bucas Christian Community Consumers Cooperative Barangay A. Taruc, Soccorro, Surigao del Norte
     SDS Bislig City Water District Multi-Purpose Cooperative John Bosco Ave., Mangagoy, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur
     PDI Panikian Multi-Purpose Cooperative Purok 1, Navarro, Basilisa, Province of Dinagat Islands
     Butuan City Malambuon Multi-Purpose Cooperative Dumalagan, Butuan City


Table 5. Agriculture, Agrarian, Aquaculture, Farmers, Dairy, and Fisherfolk Newly Elected Officers
Position Name of Cooperative Cooperative Address
Chairperson STO NIÑO Multi-purpose Cooperative Sto. Nino, P4, Butuan City
Vice-Chairperson Tago Agro Industrial Development Cooperative Purisima, Tago, Surigao del Sur
Secretary NGPI Multi-purpose Cooperative Maligaya, Rosario, Agusan del Sur
Treasurer Trinidad Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative Brgy. Trinidad, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
Representative (Type)
     Agriculture Oro Palma Multi-purpose Cooperative Manat, Trento, Agusan del Sur
     Agrarian Atoyay Rural Community Agriculture Cooperative Atoyay, N. Sering, Socorro, Surigao del Norte
     Farmers Sumilihon Multi-purpose Cooperative Sumilihon, Butuan City
Representative (Province)
     ADN Tagcatong ARB Cooperative Boundary Area, Tagcatong, Carmen, Agusan del Norte
     ADS JCA Agrarian Reform Multi-Purpose Cooperative Jca Camp, Sta. Teresita, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur
     SDN San Francisco Anao-aon Farmers Agriculture Cooperative Brgy. Poblacion, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur
     SDS CarCanMadCarLan Agri-based Multi-purpose Cooperative Magosilom, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur
     PDI Coastal Area Managers of Esperanza Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative Esperanza, Loreto, Province of Dinagat Islands
     Butuan City Maibu Agriculture Cooperative Maibu, Butuan City

Table 6. Education and Advocacy Newly Elected Officers
Position Name of Cooperative Cooperative Address
Chairperson Surigao del Norte-Provincial Cooperative Development Office Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
Vice-Chairperson Philippine Natures Educators Advocacy Cooperative Apitong St., Purok 8, Poblacion, Trento, Agusan del Sur