Davao Oriental recognizes coops’ role in poverty alleviation

Board Member Anacleto Macatabog, who represented Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang during the celebration, congratulated the cooperatives and their members for their contribution in uplifting the lives of families and empowering people and small businesses to succeed.

Board Member Anacleto Macatabog, who represented Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang during the celebration, congratulated the cooperatives and their members for their contribution in uplifting the lives of families and empowering people and small businesses to succeed.

Davao Oriental—Recognizing the value of cooperatives in the creation of vibrant local economy, the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental has joined the national celebration of the Cooperative Month 2016.

During the celebration’s opening salvo on October 5 at the Pelaez Activity Center in the City of Mati, members of different cooperatives came together in celebrating their shared success and reflecting on their common principle as cooperatives.

With the theme “Cooperatives: The Catalyst of Change for a New Era by Advancing the People’s Agenda in Poverty Alleviation and Social Transformation”, the celebration highlights the contributions of  cooperatives in poverty alleviation and in promoting socio-economic development.

Board Member Anacleto Macatabog, who represented Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang during the celebration, congratulated the cooperatives and their members for their contribution in uplifting the lives of families and empowering people and small businesses to succeed.   He lauded the role of the cooperatives in advancing the peoples agenda of poverty alleviation. He stressed the coops’ significance not only in strengthening trade and services but also in providing aid for their members.

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“Since time immemorial, cooperatives have already existed. It has led many families and small business to proposer,” he said. He said cooperatives throughout the years have been empowering people and has done its share in strengthening the province economically and socially.

He encouraged the cooperatives, which are mostly engaged in agriculture-based businesses, to inculcate the idea of working together for their common interest. “Together we succeed but divided we will fall,” he stressed.

Glenn S. Garcia, Senior Cooperative Development Specialist of the Cooperative Development Authority of Region XI, reported that the higher office of the CDA and the Senate through the efforts of Senator Miguel Zubiri, who heads the committee on cooperatives, have been reviewing taxation issues in favor of the cooperatives.  

Glenn S. Garcia, Senior Cooperative Development Specialist of the Cooperative Development Authority of Region XI

Glenn S. Garcia, Senior Cooperative Development Specialist of the Cooperative Development Authority of Region XI

Operating under the Office of the President, the CDA, said Garcia, is serious in its cause to push the cutting off of taxes on cooperatives so that coop members will fully enjoy the provisions of law allowing tax exemption on cooperatives.  benefit of being a member of a cooperative.

The first Coop Month celebration under the Duterte administration, the programs of the CDA centers on poverty alleviation, placing as priority the delivery of services to coop members. By PIO

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