March 22, 2022 (Tuguegarao City, Cagayan) – The Cooperative Development Authority Region 2 Extension Office, through the Cooperative Project Development and Assistance Section, successfully conducted the Virtual Training/Orientation on CDA KOOP KAPATID PROGRAM AND OTHER PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on March 22, 2022.
Regional Director Attorney Franco G. Bawang, Jr. welcomed the participants in the platform. In his message, he emphasized the programs of the CDA (the Koop Kapatid Program) and the partnership programs with other government agencies like DTI and DSWD that are important for the development of cooperatives in the region.
The topics discussed were the Basics of Supply and Value Chain Development and Market Linkage by Ms. Melegrina P. Turingan, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist of DTI Region 2; the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) Program by Ms. Beneracio F. Cristobal, Regional Program Coordinator of DSWD Region 2; and CDA Koop Kapatid Program by Mr. Bert C. Unday, Acting Chief of CPDAS- CDA.
The discussions aim to develop in the participating cooperatives the appreciation of the processes involved in the Value Chain as an additional means of providing income to its members. Moreover, the EPAHP discussion aims to provide information to cooperatives that are interested and intend to qualify as service providers to the EPAHP Program, thereby addressing the Zero Hunger Policy/Program of the National Government. Lastly, the topic about the CDA Koop Kapatid Program aims to strengthen cooperation among cooperatives in the practice of the No. 6 Cooperative Principle, Cooperation among Cooperatives. It is where technical and financial assistance, to name a few, are extended to beneficiary cooperatives (micro and small cooperatives) by the partner cooperatives (medium and large cooperatives).
74 representatives from the different cooperatives across the region have participated in the activity.