Calamba, Laguna – The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) in partnership with the City of Calamba Cooperative and Livelihood Development Department (CCLDD) formally launched the Enterprise Development Training Program for the Youth last May 2, 2017 at the CLDD Training Center II, Mercado de Calamba, Poblacion, Calamba City. The training program aims to raise awareness and develop the knowledge and entrepreneurial competencies of the youth who are interested into becoming young entrepreneurs themselves and future cooperative members or leaders.
The program is divided into two phases. Phase 1 is a 10-day training consisting of a series of lecture-workshops, practicum, and cross visits to inculcate the concepts and practices in enterprise development, while Phase 2 is monitoring and evaluation of the implementation process of the chosen enterprises by the young participants. Start-up funds will be provided by the CCLDD for the participants to implement their chosen enterprises, with the continued assistance of ICOPED for the next 6 months.
A total of 41 student-participants from Grades 6 to 11 are attending the training program. These are students from Looc National High School, Calamba Bayside National High School, Punta National High School, E. Barretto Sr. National High School, Lecheria National High School, Tanauan Institute, Saint Benilde, Kapayapaan National High School, Palo-Alto National High School, Camp Vicente Lim National High School, and Gulod National High School.
The training began with the sharing of knowledge and experiences of invited young entrepreneurs: 1). Mr. Emmanuel L. Bernardo, the proprietor of Masikhay MicroPlants Nursery, and 2) Ms. Maris M. Manalili, owner of Gawa Ko To Handicrafts. The successful young entrepreneurs who served as resource persons shared how they started with their business, the struggles they encountered and how they were able to overcome them. They also inspired and guided the young participants in deciding the enterprise they want to pursue.
In the second day of the training, lectures cum workshops were conducted for the students to understand the concepts of entrepreneurship, business models, and generating business ideas. Ms. Alicia R. Quicoy, a University Researcher, and Ms. JP Roma D. Domingo, a University Extensions Specialist of ICOPED served as the resource persons for the session. By the end of the second-day session, the students were able to generate their own business ideas and identify the enterprise they wanted to pursue. The remaining 8 days of Phase 1 will be continuously devoted to more learning experiences for the students to realize the goal of the program. JRDDomingo
The activity, which was conducted in Oriental Mindoro last May 13, 2017, aimed to help the Iraya Mangyans form a marketing cooperative to enable them to have better returns from marketing their agricultural commodities. As a first step, the Iraya Mangyans were oriented on the nature of a cooperative, the cooperative principles and values, as well as the structure and membership in a cooperative. After an interactive lecture-workshop, a set of interim officers were identified to set the organization of the cooperative in motion.
By organizing themselves into a cooperative, the Iraya Mangyans can benefit from collective marketing by getting more competitive prices for their goods, lowering their marketing costs by achieving economies of scale, having bargaining power in purchasing inputs and setting prices, among others.
A total of 28 Iraya Mangyans from the municipalities of San Teodoro, Puerto Galera, and Bacu attended the seminar. Ms. Lilia Buela, a Cooperative Development Specialist assigned in Oriental Mindoro, Ms. Arminga B. Peria, University Researcher, and Ms. J.P. Roma D. Domingo, University Extension Specialist of ICOPED served as resource persons for the said activity. JRDDomingo
Los Baños, Laguna – The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) continues to promote green practices in cooperatives with a training-workshop on Going Green: Strategies, Practices, and Opportunities for Cooperatives conducted on May 10, 2017 at the ICOPED Auditorium, College of Economics and Management, University of the Philippines Los Baños. The objective of the training-workshop is to enhance awareness and knowledge of agri-based cooperatives on green growth practices and opportunities and to capacitate them on the strategies for effectively incorporating green practices into their enterprise’s goals, operations, and activities.
Assistant Professors of ICOPED, Karen P. Quilloy and Liezel S. Cruz presented a green growth framework for cooperatives and the different green growth practices that cooperatives can adopt, respectively. Resource persons from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – CALABARZON and the Land Bank of the Philippines Lending Center (LANDBANK LC) – Laguna were also invited in the training to present green growth opportunities for cooperatives. Ms. Irish Joy M. Inciong, Trade and Industry Specialist from DTI-CALABARZON presented the various DTI programs and projects that support green initiatives among micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which include cooperatives. Meanwhile, Mr. Alex Hinojosa, the Department Manager of LANDBANK LC, discussed the agricultural financing opportunities for cooperatives, particularly the Climate Resilient Agriculture Financing Program of LANDBANK.
The training-workshop was attended by 18 participants from the Green Beans Multipurpose Cooperative and the Calamba Vegetable Growers Marketing Cooperative, which were composed of members of the Board of Directors, officers, employees and non-officer members. During the workshop, the participants assessed their current level of being a “green cooperative,” formulated a green growth-inspired vision and mission for their cooperatives, and identified and prioritized green growth practices that can be adopted by the cooperatives. The participating cooperatives are expected to implement prioritized green growth practices and shall be evaluated one month after the training.
This activity is part of ICOPED’s action research project entitled “Leveraging Agricultural Cooperatives for Green Growth: A Pilot Study,” which is funded by the ASEAN-CSR Network, Ltd., Singapore. The project is being implemented by Asst. Prof. Quilloy, project leader and Asst. Prof. Cruz, project staff, who are also the lead organizers of the training workshop. JRDDomingo
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA – The Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED), College of Economics and Management (CEM), UPLB conducted a consultation workshop on greening cooperatives for sustainable growth on April 25, 2017 at the Splash Mountain Resort, Los Baños, Laguna. The workshop is part of ICOPED's six-month action research entitled, “Leveraging Agricultural Cooperatives for Green Growth: A Pilot Study.” The project is being implemented under the leadership of Asst. Prof. Karen Quilloy, ICOPED faculty and CEM Associate Dean and is funded by the ASEAN-CSR Network, Ltd., Singapore, with the CEM Alumni Foundation, Inc. (CEMAFI) as fund manager.
The workshop aimed to stir discussion among experts and practitioners from different sectors and to solicit inputs on how to effectively encourage cooperatives to adopt or practice greening in a sustainable manner. A total of 20 participants attended the workshop, which included stakeholders from the cooperative, government, and academic sectors. Particularly, the cooperative stakeholders were from the Calamba Rice Growers Multipurpose Cooperative, New Batong Malake Public Market Multipurpose Cooperative, Southern Tagalog Rubber Producers Cooperative, and the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Multipurpose Cooperative. The government sector was represented by stakeholders from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Office IV-A and DTI Provincial Office of Laguna, Land Bank of the Philippines Lending Center of Laguna, National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office IV-A, and the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Calamba Extension Office. Meanwhile, the academe was represented by faculty and REPS from the Department of Economics, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and ICOPED of the College of Economics and Management (CEM) and from the College of Public Affairs and Development, UPLB.
During the consultation, it was emphasized that cooperatives are good entry point for promoting green growth in the enterprise sector and among communities and individuals as they are supportive of the sustainable development goals and green growth objectives, being a triple bottomline people-based enterprise. Green growth is embedded in the cooperative principles specifically under the concern for the community, which encompasses the three pillars of sustainability. The cooperative is also seen as instrumental in influencing the implementation of green practices through education, values formation, and cooperative practices.
At the end of the workshop, the participants came up with an improved version of the green growth framework proposed by the project team and a priority list of green growth practices for cooperatives. These outputs will be used as inputs in the preparation of a toolkit for greening cooperatives and in the next project activity of ICOPED, which is a training of two pilot agri-cooperatives on strategies, practices and opportunities for greening cooperatives. JRDDomingo