CDA Region II EO

No. 7 Dalan Na Pagayaya corner Pavvurulun, Regional Government Center, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

Conquering Connectivity Challenges: Aneg SWIS Multipurpose Cooperative’s Journey of Transformation

Under the leadership of Chairman Joseph B. Encabo, the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) launched the transformative “Internet Connectivity Project for Cooperatives” on April 28, 2023. This groundbreaking initiative involved the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement among four cooperatives in Region 02, marking a significant leap towards bridging the digital divide.

The primary objective of this project is to assist micro and small cooperatives situated in remote areas lacking internet access. Recognizing the vital role of technology in modern cooperative operations, the initiative not only addresses connectivity challenges but also provides crucial technical support for seamless access to the CDA System. This is particularly instrumental for online report submissions and active participation in essential online webinars, including mandatory training sessions for cooperatives.

An inspiring success story emanates from Aneg SWIS Multipurpose Cooperative, formerly known as Aneg Small Water Irrigation System Water Service Cooperative. Originating as Aneg Water Impounding Irrigators Association, Inc., the cooperative officially registered on July 31, 2017, and underwent a strategic transformation into a multipurpose cooperative on October 11, 2022. Nestled in the remote locale of Aneg, Delfin Albano, Isabela, this cooperative faced the common challenge of limited internet connectivity.

Prior to the intervention of the CDA Project, Aneg SWIS MPC encountered obstacles in submitting online reports and participating in webinars and mandatory training sessions. However, with the advent of the “Internet Connectivity Project for Cooperatives,” a paradigm shift occurred.

The cooperative experienced streamlined business activities, particularly in the distribution of fertilizer discount vouchers from the Department of Agriculture. Furthermore, the sale of wifi vouchers emerged as an additional revenue stream, significantly contributing to their financial stability. Most notably, the cooperative now enjoys effortless access to the CDA system and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for the online submission of reports.

Beyond individual success stories, the CDA’s project has become a beacon of hope for all beneficiaries. It not only empowers cooperatives to generate livelihood income but also serves as a catalyst for extending internet connectivity to both members and non-members in these underserved areas.

The “Internet Connectivity Project for Cooperatives” is a testament to the CDA’s commitment to fostering economic sustainability, digital inclusion, and collective growth within cooperative communities.