As the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila continues, different cooperatives still rise and showed compassion to their members and the community. They never get tired of extending help and sharing their resources amid this global crisis. Cooperatives are indeed, great partners of the government in accelerating economic recovery.
To date, cooperatives in the National Capital Region (NCR) are still performing their best in delivering assistance to their members and the community. It is in these hard times that we deeply feel the essence of “Bayanihan”, a manifestation of cooperativism.
In Marikina City, the Ugnayan Transport Service and Multi-Purpose Cooperative provided free transport services and distributed food packs to the frontline workers such as military and police officers who manned the quarantine checkpoints at the identified areas of Nangka, Marikina City;
The Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ARMMC-MPC), located at Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, Sumulong Highway, Marikina City, distributed three hundred thirty (330) food packs to their members on April 6, 2020. The total cost of the food packs [Two Hundred Fifty-Five Thousand Pesos (Php255,000.00)] was charged to the coop’s Optional Fund. In addition to that, the coop also donated an amount of Fifty Thousand Pesos (Php50,000.00) to the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center on April 30, 2020 for the purpose of procuring PPEs intended for frontline workers of the hospital. Said amount has been charged to coops’ Community Development Fund (CDF);
In the City of Pasig, the Sta. Lucia Parish Credit Cooperative also responded to the call for social action. They had distributed One Hundred Sixty-Six (166) packs of three-kilo rice to all members, officers and staffs as a form of assistance during this Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) period. Shown in the photos below are the members receiving said packs of rice. The cooperative spent a total of Twenty Thousand Pesos (Php20,000.00) from its Community Development Fund (CDF) for this purpose;
Next to that is the Pasig Parish Credit Cooperative with office address at #92 J. Jabson St., Malinao, Pasig City. Presented below is the report transmitted by the cooperative, enumerating its various activities in response to this current crisis;
Another cooperative in Pasig City who also did the reporting on its activities undertaken during this ECQ period is the DAP Pasig Multi-Purpose Cooperative, located at San Miguel Ave., Pasig City;
In the City of Makati, the Smart Employees’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SEMPCO), with office address located at 5th Flr., Smart Tower, Brgy. Bel-Air, Ayala, Makati City donated for the second time an amount of One Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php100,000.00) to the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila. Said donation was used in the purchase of PPEs as requested by the Anesthesiology Department of said hospital. The turned-over of PPEs was facilitated by SEMPCO BOD Ricky Santiago, joined by two personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP); and
The DBP Cooperative Credit Union of J. Puyat Ave., Makati also donated fifteen (15) sacks of rice to Brgy. Poblacion of Makati for the purpose of distribution to the two hundred fifty (250) families who are currently residing on said barangay and affected by the pandemic.Such wonderful things can only be achieved if we are determined on our purpose and enthusiasm, thus, cooperation and unity during this unusual crisis we experience are both essential towards our goals in the cooperative movement.