Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. addresses the jam-packed municipal covered gym of Dumangas, Iloilo during the culminating activity of the 2016 National Cooperative Month celebration on Friday, October 21, 2016. He reiterated his commitment to support the cooperatives in Iloilo province.
Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. reiterated his full support to the cooperatives in Iloilo province during the culmination of the 2016 National Cooperative Month in Dumangas, Iloilo on .
Speaking before the more than 3,000 cooperative members who filled the Dumangas gymnasium, Defensor stressed that he firmly believes that the cooperative has a vital role in national development. He cited that among his first acts as governor in 1992 was the creation of the Provincial Cooperative Development Office (PCDO) in order to help in the development of cooperatives in the province. The provincial government through the PCDO has been offering soft loans to accredited cooperatives ranging from P100,000 to P5 million.
Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, chair of Senate Committee on Cooperatives, graced the occasion as the keynote speaker. Sen. Zubiri assured the cooperative officers and members that he will block any moves to tax the cooperatives. He also promised to pass legislative measures to further help the cooperatives in the country.
This year’s National Cooperative Month celebration has a theme, “Cooperatives: The catalyst of change through poverty eradication and social transformation”.
Dumangas Mayor Ronaldo Golez thanked the organizers of the celebration for choosing his town to be the venue of the culminating activity.
Aside from representatives from the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), also present in the event were Vice Gov. Christine Garin, Second District Board Member Liecel M. Seville and some local officials. Distinguished cooperatives also received awards from the Land Bank of the Philippines and the CDA.
The activity ended with the turn-over of the cooperative flag and key of responsibility to Tigbauan Mayor Suzette Alquisada as the host municipality for the Cooperative Month celebration next year.
Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. shakes hands with Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri in the presence of Dumangas Mayor Ronaldo Golez during the distribution of certificates at the culminating activity of the 2016 National Cooperative Month celebration in Dumangas, Iloilo on .