Igsoonay sa Bayugan Year 2: Fostering Growth and Collaboration

On October 10, 2023, the Bayugan City witnessed a momentous event as the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) marked the MOA Signing of the Koop Kapatid program. This program, administered under the Cooperative Program Development and Assistance Section (CPDAS), seeks to foster collaboration and support between established and emerging cooperatives, thus nurturing a culture of mutual growth and development.

The preliminary session, conveyed through an insightful audio-visual presentation, was eloquently elucidated by Ms. Demelyne B. Gabales. She expounded on the essence of the cooperative principle of “Cooperation among Cooperatives,” setting the tone for the day’s proceedings.

In a heartening address, Regional Director Monatao Honeya R. Alawi extended warm wishes for the Cooperative Month, emphasizing this year’s theme, “Cooperatives: Pioneering the Path to Recovery Amidst Modern Challenges of Climate Change and Food Security.” She highlighted the Koop Kapatid Program as a testament to the commitment to serve and uplift cooperative members, fostering a sense of solidarity and resilience within the community.

Honorable Rizalina Parba, SP on Cooperative, added to the inspirational discourse, emphasizing the pivotal role of cooperatives in catalyzing collective success. Stressing the importance of accountability and transparency in records, she underscored their significance in demonstrating the dedication to providing exemplary services to cooperative members.

The highlight of the event was the symbolic signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the representatives of the Bayugan Farmers-Millers Multi-purpose Cooperative (BFMMPC) and the beneficiary cooperatives, Saguma Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-purpose Cooperative (SARABEMCO) and Gamao Multi-purpose Cooperative (GAMPC). Ariel Lorenzo Lumbad, Vice Chairperson of BFMMPC, articulated a heartfelt acceptance speech, affirming the dedication to make the program a resounding success through collaborative efforts.

In their messages, the representatives of the beneficiary cooperatives emphasized the importance of the ‘Big Brother’ as a guiding force, promoting teamwork and aiming for the betterment of their collective endeavors. They reiterated the principle of “kapatid magtutulongan, walang iwanan,” underscoring the spirit of unwavering support and camaraderie. 

Expressing gratitude for the program, Mr. Climaco C. Rosauro, Chairperson of GAMPC, conveyed his hopes for the continuous success and growth of the collaborative initiative.

The event culminated with closing remarks from Mr. Narciso Samblasinio, Chairperson of JARBEMCO, a pioneering ‘Big Brother’ in the Koop Kapatid program. He commended the initiative for its impact in developing leadership skills and fostering effective governance, resulting in substantial growth and improved services for the members of the participating cooperatives. *********