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A Model for Philippine Cooperative Development

17 October 2011

Speech-Cooperative-DevelopmentSpeech of Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.
2011 Cavite Cooperatives Month Celebration
Cavite 17 October 2011

Gov. Remulla, Officers of the Cooperatives Development Authority, Members of the Cavite Cooperative Movement,
friends and fellow countrymen:

Good morning.

Thank you, Mr. Tongson, for the kind introduction.
And thank you all very much for inviting me to join you here today in celebrating cooperatives month here in Cavite.

It’s wonderful and thrilling for me to see that the cooperative movement is alive and well here in Cavite.

And it’s inspiring to learn that there are hundreds of thriving cooperatives in your province, and that their combined membership runs to nearly 100,000 members.

As former governor of Ilocos Norte, i know firsthand about the role that cooperatives can play in the development and wellbeing of local communities. I have an idea also of what it takes to make a cooperative work.

As governor, I made a conscious effort to encourage and support the formation of cooperatives in my province. I helped in the formation of a teacher’s cooperative as well as a farmers’ cooperative.

One reason for my doing so was that I have seen and learned about cooperatives while I was studying in England. I saw for myself what tremendous good an effective cooperative can do to improve the lives of its members and their communities.

Even then, I could already see the potential value of an effective cooperative development to our country. And I resolved that if ever I would have the opportunity to serve in Ilocos Norte, cooperatives development would become a key part of my program.

Here in Cavite, there is truly good reason for you to celebrate cooperatives month.

Cavite, as is now well known, is “the cooperative province of the Philippines” – meaning that it is here where the cooperative ideal has thrived the most and found the most adherents.

The highlights of the Cavite cooperative movement are truly something to behold: as of this year, these are the things that we find here:

- Number of primary cooperatives – 276
- Total membership – 81,286
- Paid-up capital – p993.74 million
- Assets: p2.52billion
- Volume of transactions: p2.31billion
- Loans to members: p1.33billion
- Value of products sold to members: p982.9 million
- No. Of employees: 6.659

These are truly impressive and significant statistics. And they fully testify to the vitality of your cooperative movement.

Here, the idea that the cooperative as a form of business organization works. And it is as e as effective as a corporation, partnership o single proprietorship.

Here, also, the various types of cooperatives – consumers cooperative, producers cooperative, credit cooperative, marketing cooperative, and service cooperatives – are all being tested, organized and proven.

All this is a tribute to your province and your people, Governor Remulla.

It is also a testament to the effectiveness of the Cavite Provincial Cooperative, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCLEDO), which provides many forms of assistance to your cooperatives. It has helped to organize them into a cohesive organization that enables cooperatives to help each other.

In coming here today, I thought this brief visit would be a good opportunity to find out for myself whether our enabling law – the law which governs cooperatives, republic act no. 9520 (“Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008?) is sufficient to spur cooperative development throughout our country.

This is also a good time for me to find out whether the Cooperatives Development Authority (CDA) is truly fulfilling its mandate to promote and assist the development of cooperatives all over the archipelago.

If Cavite were the only testing ground, we can say that the law and the authority are doing a wonderful job.

But the truth is that the cooperative ideal has not taken root in other places, as well as it has here in Cavite.

Other provinces need to learn from your example and experience, and emulate what you have done here.

The declared purpose of our cooperatives law is to foster the creation and growth of cooperatives as a practical vehicle for promoting self-reliance and harnessing people power towards the attainment of economic development and social justice.

It is a vision still waiting to be fully realized. And we must strive to do this work better on a nationwide scale.

In closing, let me say that after visiting with you today, I am convinced that cooperatives development has the potential to become a dynamic arm for national development.

You have made me a believer that the day will come when the Philippines will have a cooperative movement to rival the great achievements of the movement in England and Europe.

This is not known by many of you, but the very first cooperative in our country was a probably founded by dr. Jose Rizal when he was in exile in Dapitan. He started there a cooperative among the farmers.

So to the officials and people of Cavite, let me say: congratulations for redeeming the purpose of our cooperative code. Thank you for making the cooperative ideal breathe in your province.

How fitting and glorious that cooperatives development should find its greatest exponent here in the province where the Philippine Republic was born.

Maraming Salamat sa inyong lahat.