Doble: Three in One-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
FIVE years after retirement, got a chance again on Friday to visit Land Bank of the Philippines, Civil Service Commission and Capitol's cooperative office after failing to locate the Cooperative Development Authority.
"It's three birds with one stone," said Cora Pahilanga, the only "fighter" left in the Sugar Regulatory Administration Bacolod office who asked PT for company and be a "witness".
The laboratory worker from Talisay City is the only thorn for SUDEMUPCO, the monicker for Sugar Development Multi Purpose Cooperative created for SRA employees in the '90s. Her story is unbelievable and her schedule for the day was not pre-planned.
She just wanted to visit a friend or two from LBP who promised her some information about the status of SUDEMUPCO, considered the number one coop in FOCONO and the province in its early days.
It seemed her favorite coop, which borrowed a substantial amount from LBP and later foreclosed the coop's unfinished building at the entrance of Regent Pearl at Panaad, has a dormant account with an undisclosed indebtedness only God knows.
Cora's friends advised her to go to CDA whom she already has written a letter of complaint before. Per Pahilanga's account, she and her fellow Coop members were never informed about the CDA's reply which was endorsed to the COOP officials.
How can Cora and her fellow Coop members who want their shares returned got any reply since SUDEMUPCO has not conducted any general assembly since 2005 until today. This was explained by the provincial coop officer in-charge Mr. W. Salido that it is mandatory for a coop to have a general meeting every year.
If it is in the CDA policy, how come no sanction was meted to this SRA coop?
Are there Coop officers left since many employees have since retired from SRA (16 of them filed a case and won in the Supreme Court but not yet fully paid of their 25% incentive benefits held whimsically by an SRA accountant). Who is calling the shot and why they are still in the officers' list when they are supposed to have been vanished for violating the rules of a Cooperative.
What is CDA doing? Is CDA just good for organizing seminars, symposia, attending general assembly meetings and fattening their tummies in the comfort of their offices? Is CDA in cohorts with SUDEMUPCO. Do they go out of their lairs and inspect CDA registered cooperatives?
Granting that SUDEMUPCO members themselves are to be blamed for being passive and fearful of airing their grievances, we cannot fault them outright. They are either numb, afraid to lose their jobs, too weak to talk, or just going through the motions of pushing their fingers in the biometrics.
If the president of SRA employees association (union in a private corporation) is assigned at SRA's legal office together with SRA Bacolod Legal Office chief, who is also the legal consultant and a member of the SUDEMUPCO Board, it’s a lost battle for Cora and her whining cootmates.
Since Pahilanga is alone in her quest for justice, she passed by CSC Negros Occ. office where PT introduced her to Beethoven Kiano, a good friend and my favorite lecturer before retirement. Cora got what she need and she will use it at the right time, singly or collectively if there are still brave souls left at SRA.
Cora's parting words left a sting: really, things you don't know won't hurt you__until you know.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 30, 2013.