Our Nation’s Youth: Guarantors of PH Coop Movement – CDA Joins APO-Multicountry Observational Study Mission in Bali, Indonesia

The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) joins the Multicountry Observational Study Mission on Millennial Leaders to Drive Rural Development held in Bali, Indonesia last July 11-13 2023.

This Project was designed by the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) and the implementing organization is the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia and Ministry of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia. The Project aims to allow the APO-member country participants to observe effective rural enterprises developed by millennial leaders in Bali, Indonesia by applying modern innovative business strategies, and attract youth sectors in the said area to increase their participation in sustainable rural development.

First day for the site visit are in Cau Chocolates last Tuesday (AM July 11, 2023) and Bali Organik Subak (BOS) Packing House (PM July 11, 2023). Tembok Village (AM July 12, 2023) and Gobleg Far-tc (PM July 12, 2023) are for the second day.

All participants were able to see the smart farming techniques in Bali Organik Subak (BOS) Packing House, and in the Cau Chocolates, where the grantees observed the practice and good use of vertically integrated value and supply chain (including farming, processing, and marketing), true to the utilization of available technology and innovation the fullest these enterprises based in Bali can.

This is also the same case with the Tembok Village where there is a committed leadership based on a high sense of community consensus and strong collaboration with key stakeholders. Aside from the effective application of technology through smart farming and managerial digitalization of cooperative operations, the grantees also took cognizance of the importance of community engagement in policy formulation. Tembok Village sits between the Bali Sea and Mount Agung.

Such APO Projects are a tool for the CDA to gain a deeper appreciation of different approaches that will empower the youth sector for agricultural and for rural development. Flexibility is required of any government office like the CDA in a globalized landscape that is rapidly changing. Projects such as this of APO are an important ingredient in increasing its personnel’s flexibility in public service.

The participation is meaningful for the agency. In the current set-up, any initiatives here and abroad are welcomed as one of the helpful outlets to increase youth participation and encourage much greater mobility in terms of professional growth and personal well-being so CDA will be given much space in searching ways to address inter-generational issues in the Philippines, featured in sizable demographic shifts on general cooperative membership base.

The CDA is being represented by Mr. Lester John B. Molina of the IDS-Cooperative Project Development and Assistance Division (CPDAD) as the APO Project Grantee. This participation is also made possible through the coordination with the focal organization Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) as the country’s National Productivity Organization (NPO).

Mr. Molina taking pictures using the tarpaulin design as background before the start of the formal welcome activity.
The APO-member participants during the opening activity of the project.
Participants taking picture before the start of site visits. In the background is the Sthala Ubud Bali Hotel where the delegates stay for the duration of the project.
Pictures of the cooperative’s Bali Organik Subak (BOS) Packing House in Bali, Indonesia.
Display of Tembok Village’s mostly coconut-based products during the visit.