Monday August 20, 2018

Pacya: The search is on for top performing co-ops

THR Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) is calling for applications for this year’s Gawad Parangal.

One of the banner programs of CDA is the award and recognition program for cooperatives, partner organizations, local government units, and cooperative leaders in acknowledgment of their exemplary performance, best practices and good governance.

This program creates models of learning to other cooperative stakeholders by highlighting the best practices and success stories of co-ops. In effect, cooperatives will be motivated to strengthen their participation in the economic development process of their community.

In 2017, few coops tried their luck in the national search after qualifying and passing the regional screening and evaluation. Togoy Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative of Tublay and Sagubo Multipurpose Cooperative of Kapangan landed second and third respectively in the micro scale category over their equally strong competitor, Diocese of Maasin Co-op of Southern Leyte.

Also, the local government units (LGUs) of Tabuk under the city division and Kalinga under the provincial category were given plaques of recognition as national nominees. In addition, Tabuk received a special award for its remarkable cooperative services. For the Best Performing LGU-Municipal Coop Development Services, La Trinidad seized first place while Marilao, Bulacan settled for silver.

While the sector is busy preparing its entries, the nation’s Strawberry Capital is in the process of evaluating and validating co-op applicants for its localized Gawad Parangal. Hon. Horacio Ramos, Jr. authored the ordinance on awards and incentives program for co-ops in 2016. It is suggested that this ordinance be replicated to other areas in the region. Co-ops that are performing well deserve accolades from their partner agencies like LGUs.

The judges are composed of selected LGU employees, representatives from line agencies and key persons from the co-op movement. Winners will be receiving cash prizes and plaques of recognition during the awarding ceremonies set in July.

Congratulations to all the applicants for the first year of implementation of the ordinance. You are all a representation of a progressive and transformative co-op causal to the economic growth in the valley.


This week is tough and saddening to the co-ops and employees of La Trinidad as Cathrin Cimatu who is assigned in the LT co-op unit for one year will be leaving the office starting tomorrow. Her contract with the Teach for the Philippines Inc. ends today. At the same time, the municipality is also happy for your next adventure outside the country, soon. Your unselfish and outstanding services to the valley will forever be cherished.


On June 14, the municipality of La Trinidad will be celebrating its 68th Foundation Day with the theme, “La Trinidad towards greater heights” at the Municipal Gym. The Guest of Honor and Speaker is the renowned and multi-awarded Igorot manlulusog and a former Kayabang Awardee, Dr. Ryan Camado Guinaran. Gumali jo, mekihan tan mekichadsak!