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Los Baños, Laguna – The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) conducted a Training of Trainers last November 7-10, 2017 at the ICOPED Auditorium, College of Economics and Management, UPLB. The training served as a refresher course for the CLDD which is one of the accredited training providers of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), and for members of the Calamba City Cooperative Development Council.
The training course aimed to upgrade the existing knowledge, attitudes and skills of CLDD’s and the City Cooperative Development Council’s pool of trainers and would-be-trainers. The participants were oriented and reviewed on the nature and present status of the Philippine cooperative sector as well as the importance of education and training as a principle of cooperatives. Throughout the course, the participants were guided in preparing session and module guides, going through the training cycle, and in formulating an action plan for cooperative training courses. The participants applied what they have learned during their micro-teaching session. They were also given the chance to experience being a trainer by being the designated hosts for the day.
The resource persons for the said training were Ms. Alicia R. Quicoy, University Researcher; Ms. Anselma C. Manila and Ms. Arminga B. Peria, retired University Extension Specialist and University Researcher, respectively; Dr. JP Roma D. Domingo, University Extension Specialist; and Asst. Professor Liezel S. Cruz of ICOPED. Dr. Mildred O. Moscoso, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Benjamina Paula G. Flor, Associate Professor from the College of Development Communication (CDC) also served as the resource persons.
A total of 18 participants consisting of Cooperative Development officers and staff of CLDD, members of the City Cooperative Development Council, and a Cooperative Development Officer of CDA Region 4 attended and completed the training. JRDDomingo
Kalayaan, Laguna - ICOPED conducted a Credit and Risk Management Training Courses last November 4 and 11, 2017 at Caliraya Botocan Kalayaan (CBK) Training Center Kalayaan, Laguna. The said trainings are part of the “2017 Training Program for Cooperatives Officers and Members of CBK Multi-Purpose Cooperative” project of ICOPED in partnership with CBK, thru the College of Economics and Management Alumni Foundation, Inc. (CEMAFI).
The training courses were facilitated by Dr. JP Roma D. Domingo, University Extension Specialist, and Ms. Alicia R. Quicoy, University Researcher, both from ICOPED. The courses covered topics on the concepts and principles of savings and credit as well as lending policies and its effective processes. Moreover, they also discussed the concepts, principles, and process of Risk Management as well as provided activities in identifying strategies on planning and evaluation of risks in their respective cooperatives.
A total of 65 participants attended the training coming from CBKMPC, Lumban Embroidery Association Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Pedro Guevara Memorial National High School Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Paagahan Agrarian Reform Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Cavinti Farmers Agriculture Cooperative, Sta. Cruz-Lumban Operators Drivers Transport Service Multi-Purpose Cooperative, NIA Region 4 Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Pakil-Pangil-Pamana Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Lumban Marketing Cooperative, Pila Natural Organic Practitioners Agriculture Cooperative, Now Moving For Better Philippines Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Pagsanjan Farmers Multi-Purpose Development Cooperative. AM Quilloy
ICOPED organized and hosted the first COOPLIGSAHAN 2017, a Quiz Competition on Cooperatives last October 23, 2017 at the ICOPED Auditorium, College, Laguna. Dean Isabelita M. Pabuayon welcomed in the competition more than 90 students from the College of Economics and Management (CEM) and the College of Development Communication (CDC). COOPLIGSAHAN 2017 was organized to encourage teamwork, participation and gauge the knowledge of students about cooperatives. The event was done in partnership with CEM Student Council and CDC Student Council. It was hosted by Dr. JP Roma D. Domingo and Ms. Adriann M. Quilloy.
The competition was comprised of elimination, semi-final and final round. Out of 33 groups, the top 20 teams with the highest scores advanced to the semi-final round. After which, 5 teams were ranked and battled at the final round. Only 3 teams were declared as 3rd Place, 2nd Place and Grand Champion for COOPLIGSAHAN 2017.
The students from CDC topped the COOPLIGSAHAN 2017. The team of Aikha Gene R. Liveta, Ysrael Yaj S. Montoya and Melissa Alamo emerged as the Grand Champion of COOPLIGSAHAN 2017 among 100 contestants. The group of Queenie A. Rumbines, Marinela P. Lantin and Paulo Luis S. Zipagan, also from CDC, ranked 2nd place while the team of JR Arnel Gabriel G. Sanchez, Elaine Joy P. Chavez and Jaide J. Canilan of CEM were awarded as 3rd place.
COOPLIGSAHAN 2017 was part of the series of activities of COOPIHAN 2017, the ICOPED's Cooperative Month Celebration held during the whole month of October this year. Other COOPIHAN activities were the sCOOP Poster Making Contest and Exhibit and the ICOPED Logo Design Contest. For sCOOP, a total of 25 groups submitted their poster entries depicting the different kinds of cooperatives namely, Consumers Cooperatives, Marketing Cooperatives, Credit Cooperatives and Producers Cooperatives. Five posters under these different cooperative categories were given Best Poster Awards, which were chosen based on their appeal, content and creativity. ICOPED also awarded the Most Liked Poster based on online votes in ICOPED’s Facebook Page. For the Logo Design Contest, nine (9) entries were submitted, with the creation of Ms. Casey Ann Cruz, a BS Development Communication student, being awarded as the Best Logo Design. The ICOPED staff chose the design based on its originality, relevance, creativity and impact. The winning logo will soon be adopted by ICOPED with minor adjustments to better reflect its vision and aspirations. AM Quilloy
Los Baños, Laguna – The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED), in celebration of the Philippine Cooperative Month, conducted a free training on Internal Control for Los Baños Cooperatives last October 12-13, 2017 at the ICOPED Auditorium, College of Economics and Management (CEM), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). This is part of the project entitled, “Capacity Building of Los Baños Cooperatives” under the UPLB Basic Research Program with Ms. Alicia R. Quicoy and Dr. JP Roma D. Domingo as the project leader and staff, respectively.
Dr. Salvador P. Catelo, ICOPED Director and Dr. Isabelita M. Pabuayon, Dean of CEM, welcomed the participants of the said training. In his speech, Dr. Catelo echoed the ICOPED’s active participation in Cooperative Month celebration in the country and promoted the ICOPED and its available services particularly on capacity building. Hon. Ceasar P. Perez, Mayor of Los Baños, also graced the activity with an inspiring message. He was all praises to the efforts accorded by ICOPED to cooperative growth and development and encourages the Institute to cover also the other sectors such as the transport sub-sector.
COLLEGE, LAGUNA – Ms. Adriann M. Quilloy, a University Researcher of the Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED), was awarded first place in the Best Paper and Best Presenter categories in the 1st CPAfAA International Conference on Education and Social Development held last October 10, 2017 at the College of Public Affairs and Development, University of the Philippines Los Baños.
Ms. Quilloy presented a paper entitled, “Unpacking the Role of Participatory Action Research on Youth Leadership for Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) in Brgy. San Antonio Bay, Laguna, Philippines.” The presentation highlighted the youth-based risk assessment tool, developed and dubbed as #HUGOTLINES, used in capturing the perceptions, vulnerabilities, and capabilities of the youth in DRRM. The tool was also utilized in identifying youth-based DRRM activities. The study also emphasized the effectiveness of participatory action research in youth organizing.
Ms. Quilloy bested more than 20 paper presenters in the said conference. JRDDomingo
The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) launches COOPihan 2017, a celebration of the Philippine Cooperative Month following the theme, “Cooperatives: Empowering the Poor and the Vulnerable Towards Job Creation and Poverty Eradication.” The activity aims to promote the cooperative spirit in the UPLB community.
The month-long activity commences with the Cooperative Awareness Seminar for the Youth on October 9 followed by a free training on Internal Control for Los Baños Cooperatives on October 12-13. Students can join the poster making contest wherein the entries shall be displayed at the sCOOP: A Poster Exhibit which shall run from October 16-20 at the ICOPED lobby. They may also join the COOPligsahan: A Quiz Contest on Cooperatives to be held on October 23 at the ICOPED Auditorium.
Meanwhile, all interested individuals are invited to join the ICOPED Logo Design Contest. The mechanics for this competition are posted in the ICOPED website and in the ICOPED Facebook page.
Winners of all events shall be awarded at the closing program on October 23 at the ICOPED Auditorium. ICOPED encourages everyone to use the hashtags: #ICOPED #COOPIHAN2017 #COOPLIGSAHAN2017. AMQuilloy
The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) held a General Staff Meeting on September 13 and October 2 in line with its vision of enhancing its services towards the development of the cooperative sector.
Dr. Salvador P. Catelo, ICOPED Director, presided the meeting which aimed to revisit the ICOPED’s previous programs and accomplishments and discuss the initiatives that will meet the current challenges of the Institute in 2018 and beyond. He enjoins the faculty and staff in retrofitting ICOPED’s academic, research and extension programs, as well as strengthening partnerships and linkages, and improving administrative support, financial status and database management systems. He encourages human resource development and breaking the rigid silos in operations and functionalities. He also envisions a physical resource facelift of the Institute.
During the meeting, the ICOPED faculty and staff identified the immediate activities of the Institute such as the Cooperative Month celebration this October, and the hosting of the National and International Conferences on Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development in 2018.
Dr. Catelo concluded the meeting by reiterating his philosophy for ICOPED, that is, “Our life at ICOPED is our own work of transition and end - one that we collectively create and enrich. It is an expression of our values and the things we believe in, and is not deterrent to ICOPED’s vision and mission.” AM Quilloy
Calamba, Laguna – The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED), College of Economics and Management (CEM), UPLB, in partnership with the Calamba City Cooperatives and Livelihood Development Department, conducted the second batch of Financial Management Training for Calamba-based cooperatives last September 6-7, 2017 at the CLDD Training Center II, Mercado de Calamba. The said training is one of the mandatory trainings under the RA 9520, known as Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008, for cooperative officers whose cooperatives are engaged in savings and credit with at least PhP 5 million worth of deposit liabilities based on their latest audited financial statement.
The training aimed to equip cooperative officers with the knowledge and skills in applying financial management principles in their respective cooperatives. Among the topics covered were the basic concepts of cooperative financial management, financial standards, and preparing annual plans and budget. Dr. JP Roma D. Domingo, University Extension Specialist, and Ms. Alicia R. Quicoy, University Researcher of ICOPED, Ms. Joan E. Mendoza, Chief Accountant of the UPLB Accounting Office and Senior Lecturer of the Department of Agribusiness, Management and Entrepreneurship (DAME) of CEM, and Ms. Maria Cielo M. Lampa, Chief Administrative Officer of SPMO, UPLB, served as resource persons for the training.
A total of twenty-one (21) participants attended the training, representing the following cooperatives: Calamba Fisherfolk Producers Cooperative, Calambenga Vendors Marketing Cooperative, Eduardo Barretto Credit Cooperative, Green Beans Multipurpose Cooperative, Calamba City Employees Multipurpose Cooperative, Calamba Multipurpose Cooperative, Tanglaw Kaunlaran Producers Cooperative, Mabato Coffee and High Value Crops Agricultural Cooperative. JRDDomingo
The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) welcomes its new Director, Dr. Salvador P. Catelo, a professor from the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics (DAAE). Led by CEM Dean and former ICOPED Director Isabelita M. Pabuayon, a turnover and welcome ceremony was held on September 4, 2017 at the ICOPED Buidling. Gracing the occasion were former Director Zenaida M. Sumalde, all faculty and staff, a number of retirees and graduate students of the Institute.
Dr. Catelo has a doctoral degree in Agricultural Economics from Kyoto University and MS and BS degrees in Agricultural Economics from UPLB. His fields of specialization and research interests include policy and development, global food systems and value chains, and impact analysis of agricultural projects. For 35 years, he has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in agricultural economics which include Economic Analysis and Planning of Agricultural Projects, Agriculture and Economic Development, Agricultural Policy, Farm Management, and Production Economics, among others.
Prior to being ICOPED's Director, Dr. Catelo occupied a number of key positions. He was a former dean of CEM and chair of DAAE and a visiting professor at the Faculty of International Agriculture and Food Studies of Tokyo University of Agriculture and at the Graduate School of International Development of Nagoya University. At present, he serves as Chair of the Technical Committee on Policy Research of the Department of Agriculture’s Biotech Program.
Director Catelo envisions ICOPED to continuously serve the cooperatives, associations and other organizations in bio-enterprise development through relevant and responsive curriculum, training programs and researches. He also hopes for ICOPED to establish strong linkages in both local and international arenas. AM Quilloy