Hearing on the Creation of Coop APEX

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Continuation of the deliberations on House Resolution 44 authored by Coop Natcco representatives Congressmen Anthony Bravo, Sabiniano Canama and Rico Geron was held on May 29 at the House of Representatives.

Atty. Monaliza Juarez, Legal Officer of Cooperative Development Authority, presented the results of the consultation conducted by the agency in all regions (except ARMM) relative to the concepts and proposed guidelines on the creation of a coop apex body in the country.

Representatives of federations in the country like PCC, CUP, PFCCO, NATCCO, MASS-SPECC, VICTO, BANGKOOP, LCDOP and big cooperatives like ACDI, SACDECO were present and provided inputs to the result of the consultation.

Among the issues discussed were:

1. Whether the coop apex body would be a new organization or would come from existing tertiary federations/unions.
2. Whether membership to the apex body would include only tertiary federations or primary cooperatives.
3. The composition of officers of the apex body, the Committees and Executive Committee
4. Powers and Functions of the coop apex body as well as the powers and functions of the General Assembly
5. Sources of Funds and their administration
6. Whether the coop apex should engage in business or should focus only on advocacy, linkaging, and research.

Initially, three tertiary cooperatives (PCC, CUP and PFCCO) were interested to be coop apex. However, Atty. Manuel Beaniza of PFCCO National manifested that they would rather support the creation of a new organization. Meanwhile, PCC and CUP talked about a possible collaboration.

The inputs presented will form part of the House Committee on Cooperatives Development’s report on HR 44, which will reconcile all inputs presented to the Committee. The report will be the basis of a possible filing of a bill that will amend RA 9520.