COOPERATIVES in southern Cebu got the needed shot in the arm as the Cebu Provincial Government sponsored their mandatory training in Sibonga town earlier this month.
The two-day event tackled a wide range of topics on relevant laws, policies and guidelines governing the cooperatives. It was supported by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and the Sibonga Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
It also discussed management strategies aimed at enhancing the programs and enterprises of micro and small cooperatives.
“Our role here is to bind the cooperatives together so they can help each other. We want to set a new paradigm by teaching them how to sustain the growth of their organizations through good governance and exemplary management rather than relying on dole outs from the government,” said Herculene Rizon, Capitol consultant for cooperatives.
At least 280 participants from 54 cooperatives in southern Cebu joined the mandatory training.
A lot of participants expressed their gratitude to the organizers for facilitating the mandatory training for free.
“I would like to thank the Provincial Government for this free training.
It really helps us save some money,” said Jerah Espartero of Ronda Waterworks and Sanitation Service Cooperative.
To get accreditation from the CDA, officials or representatives from a cooperative are required to undergo training and seminar. Each participant has to spend P500 to P3,000 for the training.
The types of cooperative that attended the training included credit, producers, multi-purpose, livestock, waterworks, senior citizens and funeral service, among others. (PR)