Cooperative Month celebration, pushed

The local legislature passed on first reading a propose ordinance institutionalizing the conduct of a “Cooperative Month Celebration” on October of every year in the city and providing funds thereof.

Authored by Vice-Mayor Edison Bilog, the measure appropriates the amount of P100,000 from the City Mayor’s Office budget, under the implementation of its Cooperative Development Council or any fund allocation as required for the conduct of the activity and shall form part of the city’s annual budget every year thereafter.

It states that the yearly allocation may be adjusted accordingly as may be required for the celebration.

The proposed measure cites Presidential Proclamation No. 493, series of 2003, (Declaring the month of October 2004 and every year thereafter as Cooperative Month), that mandates the entire cooperative movement to conduct the activity and encourages wider participation of all sectors of society in nation-building through cooperativism.

Also, Section 2 of Memorandum Circular No. 2013-01 of the Cooperative Development Authority, Office of the President, that reiterates the organization of the councils shall embody and highlight the partnership and resource-sharing between the cooperative and government sectors.

The proposed ordinance points out that the celebration of Cooperative Month in Baguio has always been initiated by the city’s Cooperative Development Council (CDC) that is a tripartite organization created pursuant to Executive Order No. 95, series of 1993.
The CDC has been conducting the annual celebration of Cooperative Month using its funds obtained from its activities and registration fees collected from participants, the measure reveals.

“To inspire more cooperatives to participate in the event, it is encouraged that funds be provided for the conduct of the activity so that more cooperatives will be benefited,” it stressed.-gaby keith and glen balangao (pio intern)