Cooperatives leading the way: celebrating cooperative month 2023

The Cooperative Month Celebration, held under the provisions of Republic Act 11502, commenced in Dinagat Islands with unparalleled enthusiasm and zeal. This year’s theme, “Cooperatives: Pioneering the Path to Recovery Amidst Modern Challenges of Climate Change and Food Security”, shed light on the central role played by cooperatives in addressing pressing global issues. The festivities kicked off with a series of remarkable events that brought together the cooperative community of San Jose, PDI.

The celebration commenced with a grand Kick-Off Ceremony, uniting cooperative leaders, government officials, and community members to inaugurate a month-long tribute to the cooperative spirit. This ceremony provided a platform to underscore the crucial role cooperatives play in tackling challenges related to climate change and food security.

A lively and vibrant motorcade electrified the streets of San Jose, as participating cooperatives from diverse sectors paraded through the town. Each cooperative, adorned with banners symbolizing their unique identities, collectively demonstrated their determination to confront modern challenges.

The program featured impassioned speeches from influential figures who champion the cooperative movement. MCDC Chairperson Noli Daguplo, Assistant PCDO Proferio Portullano, SB Member Committee on Cooperative Donato Ecleo, and CDS II Mr. Azur D. Atos Jr. delivered compelling messages that underscored the pivotal role cooperatives play in addressing climate change and food security. Their words resonated with the audience, reigniting a commitment to cooperative principles.

The celebration was further enriched by the active participation of numerous cooperatives in San Jose, including NEWS MPC, A&M MPC, Water Ups MPC, MAMCO, DICE MPC, SJMMVMPC, SJMOEMPC, Dinagatnon MPC, Happy Ladies MPC, JAMPCO, JEMPCO, IBMPC, MASASAMCO, and DIFECO. Their presence underscored the collective strength of the cooperative sector within the municipality.

After the program, a symbolic act of unity and purpose unfolded as cooperative banners were simultaneously hoisted, marking the presence and dedication of each cooperative in San Jose. These banners served as a visual testament to the cooperative community’s unwavering commitment to the theme of addressing climate change and food security.********