Extraordinary Women

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By Gingging Avellanosa-Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Sunday, March 16, 2014


IN WHATEVER involvement or endeavour women find themselves in, one will always expect them to excel in ways that only women can. There's no mistaking how women easily win battles in their small and quite ways, even when the going gets rough and the path seemed impossible to tread on.

Some of these women are involved in organizations that are usually male-dominated and governed, and at times feels threatened by the power wielded by these strong women. One such organization is the now internationally noted Cooperatives that are helping the small people help themselves.

The women I have the great opportunity to be acquainted with in my involvement with a church-based cooperative called the Pilipinhon Multi-Purpose Cooperative, (PilMPC), include Ms. Norma Vosotros and Ms. Joan Budo, both of whom are pioneers and authorities at the City Cooperative Administration. Honed by years of actively making headways in advocating the Cooperative movement in Southern Mindanao, these wonderful women have become stalwarts in pursuing community development through active participation in the cooperative movement.

In recognizing the little efforts of fledgling Cooperatives wherever in the region, these great women inspires more participation even among the uncertain. Their style of imparting their knowledge and thoughts are so engaging such that no one among their audience fail to take in every nugget of wisdom coming from their sharing.

Why do they seem to be so at home in what they are doing? Spontaneity could be one key, because when they speak about their experiences, they do so with wit and ease that comes with constant exposure and love of their work. It almost like they are talking among family members in their home, authoritative yet pleasantly appealing, as they shared how they too went through the processes that are sometimes difficult to handle.

This could be one reason why the Cooperative movement in the region is a sure winner in this part of Southern Mindanao because there are valuable players (just like a basketball game) that never fails to get the message straight into people's minds.

There's no mistaking it, and as sure as the sun rises each morning, the Cooperative movement will continue to uplift peoples' lives because there are steadfast advocates in its midst that are tirelessly and genuinely working for the betterment of the small and the destitute.

With the kind of cooperative leadership that we have in women like Ms. Vosotros and Ms. Budo, and all the men and women in Cooperatives who are painstakingly working without counting the cost, there will always be hope for the poor to uplift their lives. Certainly, in the city of Davao, there is no mistaking it.

Long live the women's power in the cooperative movement!

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 17, 2014.

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