CDA and ACDI Multipurpose Cooperative Builds Partnership on Koop Kapatid Program in Eastern Visayas

In support of the Cooperative Development Authority program on the Koop Kapatid to help in the development of cooperatives, CDA Region VIII Extension Office and ACDI Multipurpose Cooperative conducted the Koop Kapatid Coordination Meeting last  August 1, 2022 at 10:30 in the morning at the CDA Conference Room. The Koop Kapatid (Big brother, Small brother) Program realizes the internationally accepted principle of Cooperation among Cooperatives.  

The approach is to provide development interventions and technical assistance to the cooperatives drawing from the best practices of ACDI. This was attended by CDA Acting RD. Venus M. Jornales, Acting Assistant Regional Director Maripaz M. Del PIlar, CDS II Irish Joy I. Adrales, CPDAS and FCDS Lloyd Padilla together with the concerned FCDS via zoom blended meeting. ACDI MPC Koop Kapatid focal persons – Ms. Jennifer F. Lachica, Area General Manager Eastern Visayas, Ms Ma. Jovelyn O. Dadula, head Tacloban Branch and Mr. Remelito A. Dublin, Jr. the branch accountant of ACDI MPC Tacloban – were also present. RD. Jornales conveyed her appreciation to Chairman Major Gen. Gilbert S. Llanto and to the Board of Directors because of the collegial functions of the BODs together with the management of ACDI MPC as big  brother in this undertaking. Out of thirteen (13) cooperatives endorsed by the Authority, 11  belongs to micro category, 1  small and 1 large cooperative  engaging in dairy production.  ACDI selected seven (7) small brother cooperatives to be assisted, namely: 1. Pope Francis Community Consumers Cooperative (PoFraCoCo) 2. Catbalogan Dressmakers Service Cooperative (CDSC) 3. Kananga Kaanib Agriculture Cooperative (KKAC) 4. Bonoy Farmers Agriculture Cooperative (BOFACO) 5. Caibiran Farmers Alliance for Social Solidarity Agriculture Cooperative (CAFASSACOOP) 6. Tuno Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative, and 7. Baybay Dairy Cooperative. As a succeeding step, the operational performance of these cooperatives shall be assessed and validated. 

In the meeting were discussions about the initial movement of the Koop Kapatid Partnership. The schedule of the ocular visits of the team of ACDI Koop Kapatid Focal Persons and CDA personnel were agreed upon to gather information on the cooperatives’ profile, interview with key officers, assess and validate their financial condition and operation, and later implement a scale plan to assist the cooperative elevate into the next level. After the assessment, the ACDI focal persons will submit their recommendation for board approval. Afterwhich, the MOA Signing will be scheduled for the 2nd week of September and then commence implementation of the scale up plan to escalate the cooperative into the next category.

Jornales added that this Koop Kapatid implementation with ACDI MPC is more extensive. The goal is to make the small brother cooperative graduate from its present category in a 3-5 year term to develop. This will be accompanied with an in-depth evaluation so that right assistance will be given and the commitment of the small brother cooperative. 

The coordination meeting concluded at 12:00 in the afternoon with the agreement that CDA will provide the necessary profile of the cooperative for advance information of the ACDI MPC, and later to be used in the conduct of the validation of the small brother cooperatives with the full support of the CDA team in this Koop Kapatid Partnership.