The outpouring of cooperative assistance to their members and communities continues in region 9.
One would think that by this time, cooperatives would run out of initiatives and resources to care for the needs of their members, especially those who are unable to pursue their usual livelihood activities due to community quarantine.
Apparently, the reservoir of kindness and generosity among cooperative leaders in this part of the country is so profound that they showed no sign of stopping yet.
For the period May 7–12, 2020, CDA region 9 recorded twelve (12) cooperatives extending assistance in cash and in kind to their members and community, directly or in partnership with the local government units.
The total amount of assistance spent reached up to Php503,595.67 where Php 72,465.18 was charged from their Community Development Fund (CDF), Php341,130.49 from their Optional Fund (OF), and Php90,000.00 as direct expense, shown below.
Litolet Consumers Cooperative located at Litolet, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte provided basic commodities (noodles and eggs) on May 5, 2020, to 252 coop members, amounting to Php24,578.88 charged against their Optional. May 6, 2020.
Soguilon Consumers Cooperative located at Soguilon Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte provided basic commodities (noodles and eggs) amounting to 12, 969.20 to 111 coop members charged against their Optional Fund. And, donated basic commodities amounting to Php1,862.00 to Frontliners stationed within the same barangay charged against their CDF.
Mag-uuma sa Lower Bogo Calabat Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative located at Lower Bogo Calabat, Josefina, Zamboanga Del Sur, distributed food packs containing organic rice and milo to 200 farmer coop members residing within the municipality of Josefina, Zamboanga del Sur, amounting to Php34,740.00 charged against CDF.
Paranglumba Consumers Cooperative (PACONCO) located at Paranglumba, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte, distributed relief goods to 123 coop members amounting to Php8,864.96 charged against Optional Fund.
Batu Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BAFAMCO) located at Brgy. Batu, Siay, Zambo. Sibugay, distributed (1) rice and assorted grocery items to 20 members (PWD and Senior Citizen) amounting to Php2,661.51, (2) face masks to 49 coop staff and members amounting to Php980.00, (3) fresh fish to 200 residents of barangay Batu, Siay, Zambaonga Sibugay, amounting to Php1,500.00, and (4) snacks to frontliners manning the boundaries of Siay and Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, amounting to Php1,795.00 charged against CDF.
Buug Multi-Purpose Cooperative located at Poblacion, Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay, distributed a 3kl pack of rice to each of the 105 coop members amounting to Php13,245.00 charged against the Optional Fund. And food packs to 65 front liners (uniformed personnel) amounting to Php5,000.00 charged against the CDF.
Asia’s Latin City Transport Service Cooperative located at Canelar, Zamboanga City, extended financial assistance of Php1,000.00 each to 90 taxi operators amounting to Php90,000.00 charged as direct expense.
Sayaw Consumers Cooperative located at Sayaw, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte, distributed Noodles, salt, detergent powder, ajinomoto to 123 coop members amounting to Php9,500.00 charged against the Optional fund.
Z C. United Fish Vendors MPC distributed Food relief of 3kls. of rice with 1kl white sugar, 1kl brown sugar 1pck of Hobe bihon and great taste premium coffee 50gms to 53 coop members and 97 non-member vendors at Public Market Zamboanga City, amounting to Php37,000.00 sourced from CDF, Optional Fund and the donation from outsiders.
Moyo Consumers Cooperative located at Moyo Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte provided basic commodities (pansit and eggs) amounting to Php10,000.00 to 92 coop members charged against their Optional Fund.
Moyo Farmers MPC located at Moyo Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte provided basic commodities (pansit and eggs) amounting to 9,000.00 to 123 coop members charged against their Optional Fund.
Goodyear Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative located at Barangay Goodyear, Kabalasan, Zamboanga Sibugay, distributed Fish and Shrimps (Bangus & Locon) to 800 coop members (residents/workers/senior citizens) of barangay Goodyear, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, amounting to Php239,900.00 charged against the Optional Fund.
By: Ellen M. Ando