The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) conducted the 14th CDA Performance Assessment and Planning Conference (CPAPC) on November 16-18, 2021 at Hotel Casiana, Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay City.
This is the first breakout face-to-face conference after the nationwide declaration of quarantine protocols due to health and safety measures imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force to Fight Against COVID-19. The declaration of Pandemic which started in March 2020 has tremendous effect in the execution of Agency plans considering the magnitude of health and safety protocols limiting the movement of people and transportation.
The CPAPC is a regular activity of the Authority wherein the Board of Directors, Head Office Directors, Regional Directors, Division Chiefs and selected CDA personnel meet to discuss the accomplishments and plan for the ensuing year.
This year’s CPAPC is the first under CDA’s new Chairman Undersecretary Joseph B. Encabo. Chairman Encabo in his opening message, informed the participants that, “ The CDA, through its leadership, embarks on a roadmap of innovative and convergent service that seeks no less than bringing the CDA closer to the people, particularly those in the grassroot level, and push for a purpose driven brand of cooperativism that, realistically, and genuinely demonstrates the meaningful and existential significance of cooperatives, in improving people’s lives at a time when our country will seek to rebuild our economy under new normal”.
One of the features of this year’s conference is the presentation of the plans and accomplishments of the six (6) cooperative clusters by the respective heads, as follows: Human Services: Health, Housing, Workers, and Labor Service: Asec. Myrla B. Paradillo; Education, Advocacy and Union: Asec. Abdulsalam A. Guinomla; Public utilities: Electricity, Water, Communications, and Transport: Asec. Abad L. Santos; Credit and Financial Services, Banking, and Insurance: Asec. Vidal D. Villanueva III; Consumers, Marketing, Producers, and Logistics: Asec. Pendatun B. Disimban; and Agriculture, Agrarian, Aquaculture, Farmers, Dairy, and Fisherfolk: Asec. Virgilio R. Lazaga, MD.
The conference aims to assess the level of organizational accomplishment in the execution of the Agency’s 2019-2020 Strategic Plan target and the discussion of strategies to meet the Agency new vision, which is, “By 2025, CDA is ASEAN’s benchmark of EXCELLENCE in Cooperative Development”. The conference also aims to discuss the draft 2020 Strategic Plan and the preparation of the proposed FY 2022 Work and Financial Plan.
During the sessions, the Regional Directors were given the opportunity to report on their respective current year’s accomplishments and indicative programs for the ensuing years of the strategic plan.
Chairman Encabo reported the consolidated priority programs and thrusts of the Board of Directors including the medium and long term plans for the Agency characterized by institutional reforms, capacity building of human resource, and focused on relevant initiatives for the cooperative sector.
Overall, the conference made history in the CDA-CPAPC experience because of the content, the process employed and the totality of the proceedings which brings new confidence and trusts among CDA officials and all participants. Everybody are anticipating a better CDA in the years ahead.