ACCDO to remain strong, consistent

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Saturday, July 26, 2014


ANGELES CITY -- With a vision of genuine people empowerment, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, through the Angeles City Cooperative Development Office (ACCDO) headed by Ferdinand P. Calma, remain consistent with the promise of strengthening one of the bases of the city’s economy, the cooperative sector.

Pamintuan recognizes the role of the “cooperative movement” in the city’s economic front, which ultimately allows the local government to pursue its desired programs and plans.

“The economic advantages that our local coops have extended to the city, through the assistance of the ACCDO, have inspired the administration to build several of our projects – including the hospital extension at the Ospital ning Angeles, the City College, the Renal Care unit and so on,” expressed the mayor.

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ACCDO, in coordination with the Angeles City Cooperative Development Council (ACCDC) and Cooperative Development Office (Pampanga Extension) successfully convened 98 percent of registered and operating cooperatives in the city and Freeport zone in order to educate and refresh officers of their organizations for a more efficient fiscal management.

“A sound fiscal management policy is influential in the growth and advancement of a business organization. What more with the cooperatives where more people, its members, are directly affected with it growth.” said Joseph Guintu, resource speaker for the said seminar.

It was in the post Pinatubo era, that more than 300 cooperatives were registered in the city. The incumbent mayor then on his first term fully supported the people in the massive organizing campaign. However, with the absence of a law (RA 6938 or the Cooperative law only passed in 1998), most of the registered cooperatives were delisted or failed to operate not even reaching a month after its registration.

“Tapos na po ang panahon na ang mga kooperatiba ay tinitignan bilang “kuha-pera-tiba” o anumang masamang misinterpretasyon sa sector. Ngayon po ang panahon na ang mga kooperatiba ng siyudad ay mulat at tunay na bumabangon at nagsisikap para sa ikauunlad ng kanilang mga miyembro,” said Calma.

“This seminar is one of the many programs we have agreed to in consensus with the council and ACCDO believing that services should not be entirely reliant upon the government. But we greatly appreciate Mayor Pamintuan in keeping his promise of full support the sector,” stated Bernard DT Chua, chairman of the ACCDC.

The seminar elicited active participation from the attendees on the scheduled lectures and workshops using their actual financial statements as reference on the activities instructed by Guintu. (AC-CIO)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 27, 2014.

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