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Friday, October 9, 2015

Two ZamPen coops Gawad Parangal 2015 finalists

By Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY – Two multi-purpose cooperatives from the Zamboanga Peninsula Region made it to the top five finalists of the annual Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Gawad Parangal this year.

CDA Regional Director Ruben Cunanan was proud to announce that the Aurora Integrated Multi-Purpose Cooperative (AIM Coop) of Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur and Siayan Officials and Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte were nominated as national  finalists in this year’s Gawad Parangal for large coop category and small coop category, respectively.

On the other hand, Mr. Pacenciano Tumarong, AIM Coop manager was also nominated as one of the top five finalists for the coop leader category, Director Cunanan disclosed.

“These finalists have  undergone stringent and strict requirements considering  the hundreds of nominees nationwide but only a few passed the criteria, and we are so happy about this development that we have three finalists from our region,” Cunanan said.

The awarding ceremony of  Gawad Parangal winners will be done on October 23, 2015, during the culmination rites of the  Cooperative Centennial celebration with no less than President Benigno S. Aquino III as guest of honor and speaker.

“The Gawad Parangal is given to  deserving cooperatives in recognition of their valuable contribution to the country’s economy,” Cunanan added.

Meanwhile, he said the first law on cooperatives was enacted last February 5, 1915, creating the Rural Credit Law, an “act regulating the creation and operation of Rural Agricultural Cooperatives Association, and for other purposes.”

This act officially gave birth to a social enterprise which is a model of business based on ethical values and principles whose goal is to provide for the needs and aspirations of their members.