The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Region VIII office held a webinar on Republic Act 11535 on September 20, 2022, in collaboration with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). A total of forty-seven (47) people took part in the productive activity, including thirty-one (31) delegates from twenty-eight (28) municipalities in the area, six (6) cooperative development officers, and ten (10) local chief executives. The purpose of the webinar was to ensure compliance of the Local Government Units to have an appointed or designated Cooperative Development Officers (CDO) as Mandated under RA 11535.
On April 9, 2021, Former President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed into law RA 11535 AN ACT MAKING THE POSITION OF A COOPERATIVES DEVELOPMENT OFFICER MANDATORY IN THE MUNICIPAL, CITY AND PROVINCIAL LEVELS, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7160, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE OF 1991”, AS AMENDED. With the new amendment, the position of the CDOs was mandated. Dir. Venus M. Jornales of CDA Region VIII provided a brief overview of the background and significance of the CDO Offices’ formation in the municipality to support the expansion and viability of the local cooperatives.
Invited Speaker from DILG, Ms. KONNIE REIKA SEQUITO – LGOO V, DILG-LGCDD accompanied by Ms. RUDITH A. ROCA – Division Chief, DILG – Local Government Capability Development Division (LGCDD) presented and discussed RA11535 including the hiring qualification for CDO’s and responsibilities of the LCE’s.
Another invited speaker, MS. RUENA A. MATE, City Cooperative Officer of the City of Tacloban, shared her office’s expertise and accomplishments in establishing Programs and Projects for the ongoing improvement and education of cooperatives. Her presentation focused on the various tactics and initiatives urged by the City Cooperative Development and Livelihood Assistance Office (CCDLAO), including assistance and training for cooperative to equip officers and the cooperative, entrepreneurial management, and events related to Cooperative Month celebration. Her final remark urged LCEs to do the same for their local governments She then added that having an office to look out for the cooperatives will be advantageous to the prosperity of the locality, socially and economically.
As a refresher, Acting Sr. CDS Jordan A. Madjus of the Cooperative Research Information and Training Section (CRITS) discussed the importance and reason of establishing cooperatives followed by the discussion on Salient Features of the RA 11364 An Act Reorganizing and Strengthening the Cooperative Development Authority, repealing for the Purpose Republic Act No. 6939, Creating The Cooperative Development Authority by Atty. Jasper M. Carias, Chief of the Legal Section.
Maripaz M. Del Pilar, Acting Assistant Regional Director, concluded the activity by expressing the offices gratitude to all participants, particularly the LCEs, and encouraging compliance of LCEs with the mandate of RA 11535 and the commitment of the designated and appointed CDOs in carrying out their duties and responsibilities for the development of the cooperatives.