RMC-MPC fulfills a 40-year-old dream

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By Mimi Olorga

Points of View

Saturday, March 15, 2014


AFTER more than 40 years since the inception of Riverside Medical Center (also known as the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital) in Bacolod City, the dream of RMC-Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) to have its own building has come true.

With the whole-hearted support, trust and confidence of the more than 2,700 active members of the RMC-MPC, their three-storey building, with a canopied roof deck, now stands tall and proud in a 360-square meter lot at 22nd Lacson St. in Bacolod City.

The building was blessed and it officially opened its doors to its members on March 1, 2014.

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What started as a vision of the late Dr. Pablo O. Torre Sr. in helping RMC employees face financial difficulties has become a legacy.

Four decades ago, 43 original incorporators pooled their resources together and organized the RMC-MPC in 1974. Under the mentoring of the late Antonio Puerta, the small cooperative, with exclusive membership then to RMC employees, and with only P200,000 as starting capital, has thrived to become one of the biggest open cooperatives in the Bacolod and Negros Occidental.

From a small office in the basement of then DPOTSM Hospital, and manned by only two-part time staff, RMC-MPC has now 9 full-time management staff and still holds office at Door No. 2, M & M Building at B. S. Aquino Drive.

But after the new RMC-MPC building was blessed, a clearer vision of the coop’s thrusts was seen by the members: to better serve the growing number of clienteles.

With fingers crossed, and once the electrical connections are done, RMC-MPC staff and members look forward to hold business transactions in the new building before this month is over.

People succeed because of each other’s support. Partners of the building project are Land Bank of the Philippines, Ms. Renia Salinas, CEO of VICTO National as project business plan adviser, Engr. Linde Flores, Engr. Carlos Alfonso Pineda, and Mr. Julius Constantine Lamazon as consultants, the technical working group composed of Noemi Apuhin (chair of the board of directors)), Raquel Portal (past chairperson, Real Estate committee), Ophe Custodio (Audit and Inventory chairperson), Vicente Castro (coop manager), and Anabelle Senador, (technical working group acting secretary. They were able to thresh out the rudiments of having the RMC-MPC building constructed.

Work started in April 2013, with the supervision of RMC-MPC member Tony Elipe as liaison officer, and the construction works handled by Salvacion Infrastructure Development Corporation.

With God’s blessings, and the goodness of men, after less than a year, the RMC-MPC building come into being, fulfilling one of the outmost dreams of its officers and members.

The blessing rites was officiated by Fr. Ruel Jundos. Assisted by
Ms. Noemi Apuhin, RMC-MPC board of director chairperson Dr. Hector Torre, president of the Torre Hermanos Agro Industrial Enterprise cut the ribbon.

Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., chairperson of the SP Committee on Cooperative Development Council, Brgy 5 captain Raymundo Salaveria, and representatives from the Cooperative Development Authority, Landbank, United Coconut Planters Bank, Metrobank, VICTO National, Philippine Central Fund, FOCONO, LCCFCMPC, CEMPCO, TechnoVentures, SIDC, Panasiatic and proud members of RMC-MPC gladly shared their gifts of presence to be part of the momentous occasion.

Just as the birthing process is much welcomed by the mother, everybody who attended the short program was highly ecstatic of having the building.

After the warm welcome made by Board of Directors chairperson Noemi Apuhin, Dr. Gil Octaviano, one of the former chairpersons of the RMC-MPC Board of Directors fondly shared his insights of being a coop member.

Edgar Comeros and Renia Salinas of VICTO –National presented the Coop Principles gift to RMCMPC, while Dudz Samson shared to everybody the COOP Net.

The RMC-MPC officers and members are proud to have contributed something that has shaped the members’ lives for the past four decades. And not only to its members, but to the neighboring community.

I believe that the people who built the building are, and would always be, the greatest resources of any institution. Without them, the organization would not succeed.

If the members of a family desire to stay in a dwelling they can call their own, the same ideal holds true with the growing RMC-MPC community.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 15, 2014.

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