In commemoration of CDA’s 30th Anniversary on March 10, 2020, the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Calamba Extension Office in partnership with the Local Government of the City of Biñan through its City Cooperative Development Officer, Ms.Nora A. Pangan and the Biñan City Cooperative Development Council headed by Ms. Catherine C.Yaneza conducted the K-POP: KOOPERATIBA PARA SA KABATAAN: PROGRAMA, OPORTUNIDAD NA PANGKABUHAYAAN Forum held last March 5, 2020 at the 2nd Floor of the People’s Center, City Hall Compound, Zapote, Biñan City, Laguna.
The main objective of this program is for the benefit of the youth sector. Two hundred twelve (212) participants attended the said activity composed of youths, cooperative leaders, and other partner institutions namely: Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 4A, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 4A, City Public Employment Service Office (LGU-PESO). Ms. Nora A. Pangan, City Cooperative Officer welcomed the participants and guests while the City Mayor of Biñan, Atty. Walfredo “Arman” R. Dimaguila, Jr. gave a solidarity message. CDA Regional Director Salvador V. Valeroso imparted an inspirational message. Former CDA Chairperson and City of Imus Cooperative Livelihood and Enterprise Development Office Department Head, Dr. Emmanuel M. Santiagel also graced the event. The CDA’s newest Assistant Secretary, Dr. Virgilio R. Lazaga delivered his key note message and rendered a covered song by the Apo Hiking Society which sparks the interest of the youth and other participants on cooperatives livelihood opportunity.
K-POP is a new program of the CDA in support to the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Youth for Entrepreneurship Program (YEP). The program aims to provide the youth an access to government’s available projects, creation of jobs, for them to engage in business and become entrepreneurs and uplift their economic and social welfare. As partner agency, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provided the youth access to various trainings and scholarship program.
The City of Biñan’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) showcased their programs for the youth on how to seek job or employment opportunities. They have a program called Special Program for Entrepreneurial skills development of Students (SPES) intended for students/youth aged 15-30 and aims to develop the entrepreneurial skills through a (10) ten-day seminar which includes Financial Literacy, Leadership Training, Conceptualization of Project Proposal, Entrepreneurship Program and Project Implementation. This program provides the beneficiaries with a seed money based on JOB ORDER RATE. The budget of this program amounts to two million seven hundred thousand pesos (Php 2,700,000.00).
In addition, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) also shared their Employment Programs available to the youths like DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP). This program is their contribution to the government agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and poverty reduction.
Mini booths were available during the activity to showcase the respective programs and services of the partner agencies to accommodate inquiries from the youth participants. The open forum served as venue for clarification and inquiries not only of the youth participants but also the other stake holders from the academe and LGU.
The activity was a success due to the unconditional support of the various partner agencies namely: the LGU of Biñan City, the City of Biñan Cooperative Development Office, the City of Biñan Cooperative Development Council, the Isuzu Philippines Corporation Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative (IEMC), the Sunpower Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative, the Binan City Employees Multi-Purpose, the DTI, the TESDA, the DOLE and the PESO of the City of Biñan.