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Celebrating Success: MIMAROPA’s Regional Cooperative Month Celebration Empowers Communities

On October 18, 2023, the Regional Cooperative Month Celebration of MIMAROPA came alive with an exuberant display of unity and collaboration. Held at Bulwagang Panlalawigan in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, the event proved to be a resounding success. With a range of engaging activities, including presentations from partner National Agencies and Private Business Sectors highlighting their programs for cooperatives, as well as a bustling trade fair facilitated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Oriental Mindoro, the celebration exemplified the power of harnessing collective efforts for the betterment of communities.

Morning Activities: Showcasing Cooperative Programs

The event kicked off with the presentations from different partner National Agencies and Private Business Sectors. These esteemed entities eagerly shared their programs and initiatives aimed at supporting and empowering cooperatives in the MIMAROPA region. Their presentations ranged from providing financial assistance to fostering entrepreneurial opportunities and skill-building for cooperative members.

Representatives from agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) presented the various ways of collaboration with cooperatives to enhance their agricultural, industrial, and labor practices. These agencies unveiled programs designed to facilitate access to credit, market linkages, and training opportunities, thereby paving the way for cooperative growth and resilience.

Furthermore, private business sectors such as CLIMBS Life and General Insurance Cooperative, Traxion Technology Service Cooperative (TTSC) or DIGICOOP, 1 Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines (1CISP) and 1 Coop Health. showcased strategies that fostered collaboration between cooperatives, highlighting the positive outcomes achievable through collective efforts. This open forum provided a platform for cooperatives to exchange ideas, further strengthening their bonds with potential partners to bolster the region’s economic growth.

Conduct of Trade Fair: Promoting Local Products and Services

Inspired by the cooperative principle of mutual cooperation, the DTI Oriental Mindoro facilitated a vibrant trade fair. The fair aimed to provide a platform for cooperatives to exhibit their products and services to a broader audience, encouraging economic growth and reinforcing the spirit of mutually beneficial partnerships.

The trade fair featured a diverse range of local goods and services, including handicrafts, processed food, and agricultural products. These offerings showcased the ingenuity and resourcefulness of local cooperatives, providing them with an opportunity to market and sell their goods directly to consumers.

Through the trade fair, cooperatives were not only able to generate income but also establish crucial connections with potential markets, customers, and suppliers. This interdependence, driven by cooperative principles, fosters sustainable economic development within the region.

The successful conduct of the Regional Cooperative Month Celebration in MIMAROPA stands as a shining example of the power of collaboration and mutual support. The event served as an avenue for partner National Agencies and Private Business Sectors to impart their programs, empowering cooperatives with the necessary knowledge and resources to thrive.

Moreover, the trade fair facilitated by the DTI Oriental Mindoro brought forth a multitude of opportunities for cooperatives to showcase their products and services. By fueling economic growth and establishing connections with potential partners, cooperatives are positioned to spearhead the region’s development.

The celebration reaffirmed the importance of cooperative principles in achieving sustainable community development. Together, through collaborative efforts, MIMAROPA showcases its dedication to the welfare and prosperity of its cooperative members.

Night Event: Resplendent Fusion: Filipiniana Gala Night Shines at MIMAROPA Regional Cooperative Month Celebration

Step into a world where cultural heritage merges with cooperative spirit, as the MIMAROPA Region unwrapped its glorious tapestry during the Regional Cooperative Month Celebration. Among the highlights of this vibrant affair, the resplendent Filipiniana Gala Night stood out as the crowning jewel, intertwining artistic brilliance with the spirit of unity and cooperation.

The Cultural Presentation: Celebrating the Rich Tapestry of MIMAROPA

Against a backdrop of extraordinary talents and dazzling performances, the Cultural Presentation transported the audience into the vibrant tapestry that is MIMAROPA. With Oriental Mindoro, Calapan City, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque, and Puerto Princesa City taking center stage, these cultural enclaves showcased their distinct traditions, weaving a mesmerizing tale of unity in diversity.

As the captivating performances unfolded, the Province of Marinduque emerged as the undeniable victor, winning the hearts of the audience with their enchanting portrayal of cultural heritage. Their passionate and soul-stirring performance left an indelible mark on the collective memory of all present, earning them the prestigious distinction in the Cultural Presentation category.

The Melodic Harmonies: MIMAROPA Cooperative Hymn Contest

Echoing through the air, the harmonious melodies of the MIMAROPA Cooperative Hymn Contest resounded with pride and unity. Shimmering with exceptional talent, Oriental Mindoro, Calapan City, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and Marinduque took part in this fiercely contested event. Through an overwhelming display of poetic lyrics and soulful harmonies, Marinduque emerged as the victor, carrying the official Cooperative Hymn of the region.

Celebrating Excellence: Gawad Parangal for Partners and Cooperatives

Amidst the glittering spectacle, deserving partners and cooperatives were honored with the esteemed Gawad Parangal, an accolade recognizing their unwavering commitment to the region’s cooperative development. Simultaneously, the event paid tribute to commendable Cooperative Development Officers, State Universities and Colleges, and students who achieved excellence in their Bachelor of Science in Cooperative studies.

A Symbolic Commitment: Transferring the Key from Calapan to Puerto Princesa City

In a powerful gesture of camaraderie and trust, the symbolic key of commitment was passed from Calapan City to Puerto Princesa City. This ceremonial act marked the future host of the Regional Cooperative Month Celebration, conveying a message of continuity and shared responsibility for the cooperative development of MIMAROPA.


With a symphony of cultural diversity, the Filipiniana Gala Night illuminated the Regional Cooperative Month Celebration in MIMAROPA with extraordinary panache. Through the enchanting Cultural Presentation, the soul-stirring Cooperative Hymn Contest, and the recognition of exceptional cooperatives, partners, and individuals, this celebration served as a reminder of the rich tapestry of traditions, unity, and dedication that defines MIMAROPA’s cooperative spirit. As the symbolic key finds its new home, Puerto Princesa City, the baton has been passed to continue the legacy of fostering cooperation, mutual support, and progress throughout the region.