With the objective of taking forward the work of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA) in the country and beyond, the CDA, and the HLA, through the CODE-NGO, an exclusive affiliate of the HLA in the Philippines, have established the Center for Humanitarian Learning and Innovation (CHLI). The center shall undertake the roll-out and promotion of business continuity management capacity building to cooperatives and federations of cooperatives. At the same time, they shall continue conducting capacity building of Cooperative Development Specialists and other CDA employees on Business Continuity Management (BCM), Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), and related topics.

The importance and necessity for the cooperatives to have BCM and Business Continuity Plans (BCP) became imperative given the natural and unexpected calamities and disasters that our country is experiencing. The institutionalization of the framework of the BCM was given more emphasis when it was stipulated in RA 11364 as one of the functions and responsibilities of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).

To start understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that brought lockdown to the entire Philippines, specifically the effect on cooperatives, a webinar on BCM for CDA Technical Personnel was conducted last December 2020, with topics Understanding the ‘new normal’ and How can CDA technical staff continue to deliver and perform their roles under the ‘new normal’ through capacity building, technical support, monitoring, data gathering and others. It was done in two (2) batches where all the regions were represented.

The first batch was conducted on December 14-15, 2020 where 74 technical personnel attended training and the 2nd batch followed on December 16-17, 2020 with the same number of attendees. Speakers were Mr. Diosdado P Waña and Mr. Joseph “Jopo” P. Andaya and both are experts of CHLI.