The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) successfully conducted the first meeting of the National Coordinating Committee for Cooperative Development (NCC-CD) in Hive Hotel & Convention Center, Quezon City on February 15, 2023, with twenty (20) national government agencies being represented.
As stipulated in RA No. 11364 and its Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR), the CDA shall be the lead government agency in cooperative development and shall synchronize the efforts of other relevant government institutions toward the common goal of empowering the cooperatives in achieving their growth as instruments of equity, social justice and economic development.
Through the creation of a National Coordinating Committee chaired by the Authority, all government branches, instrumentalities, subdivisions and agencies with programs and projects concerning cooperatives shall coordinate such programs and projects with the Authority with a view to providing a comprehensive technical and financial program for cooperatives. The Committee shall be composed of representatives from said government branches, instrumentalities, subdivisions and agencies whose rank should not be lower than Director level in charge with cooperative programs
The first meeting gathered national government agencies to strengthen mutual collaboration and inclusive formulation and enforcement of cooperative development initiatives in the country. This has also been a venue for the member-agencies to share their programs and services to and for cooperatives.
CDA Usec. Joseph B. Encabo, presided over the meeting of the NCC-CD. He expressed his enthusiasm to all the manifestation of the representatives of member-agencies in attendance on their assurance of support to CDA initiatives for the cooperative sector.
He also thanked all the agencies present in throwing support to the CDA ‘s effort in converging government activities for cooperative development. In addition, Usec. Encabo also requested the NCC-CD member-agencies to vigorously work with the CDA in achieving sustainable cooperative development towards economic growth and to fully commit to the upliftment of the quality life of Filipino cooperatives and their families.
The national government agencies present during the 1st Meeting of the NCC-CD were the following:
- Department of Agriculture (DA)
- Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
- Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
- Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD)
- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
- Department of National Defense (DND)
- Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
- Department of Migrant Workers (DMW)
- Landbank of the Philippines (LBP)
- Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP)
- National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)
- National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF)
- Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA)
- Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)
- Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)
- Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR)
- Credit Information Corporation (CIC)
- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
- Department of Energy (DOE), as observer-agency.
Before the enactment of Republic Act No. 11364, known as the “Cooperative Development Authority Charter of 2019”, the NCC-CD was operating pursuant to Executive Order No. 95 dated June 08, 1993 designating CDA as the lead government agency in the promotion and development of cooperatives in the country. RA No. 11364 expressly mandates the creation of the National Coordinating Committee.
From this, CDA issued Memorandum Circular No. 2022-22 entitled “Guidelines Governing the creation of the National Coordinating Committee for Cooperative Development NCC-CD” outlining its operations and involved agencies.
The next NCC-CD meeting is expected to be held sometime in October 2023. -Lester John Molina