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COLLEGE, LAGUNA― October is the Cooperative Month in the Philippines (Presidential Proclamation No. 493, Series of 2004). This year’s theme is “Cooperatives: the Catalyst of Change through Poverty Eradication and Social Transformation.” Every October, the Philippine cooperative movement highlights the cooperatives as a vehicle for ending poverty. Through cooperatives, various livelihood programs and opportunities are offered to improve the quality of life of its members and the community. The spirit of cooperativism is promoted through the holding of national and local activities, which showcase the coops impact on social and economic development; wherein cooperatives, government, non-government organizations, and the entire cooperative movement participate.
In celebration of the Coop Month, the Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development (ICOPED) held a Cooperative Orientation Seminar for the Youth on October 17, 2016 at the College of Economics and Management (CEM) Function Hall, UPLB. The seminar is part of the Institute’s cooperative education program for the youth, which is regularly conducted every school semester to create awareness and build knowledge on cooperatives of high school and college students. It covers the concepts of cooperative history, values, principles, practices and its differences from other forms of business.
Ms. Alicia R. Quicoy and Ms. Arminga B. Peria, University Researchers of ICOPED, served as resource persons for the recently conducted seminar. Prof. Jan Danica S. Asma and Prof. Liezel S. Cruz, both ICOPED faculty also gave an overview of the Cooperative Studies (COST) subjects offered by the Institute― Fundamentals of Cooperatives (COST 110), International Cooperative Development (COST 120) Cooperative Banking and Finance(COST 140), Cooperatives and Rural Credit (COST 141), Cooperative Marketing (COST 150), and Education and Training Cooperatives (COST 160). There were 331 CEM National Service Training Program 1 (NSTP1) students who attended the said seminar.
ICOPED commits to raise the level of awareness and knowledge of the youth on cooperatives because it believes that the youth is the future of the cooperatives. PM Luis