Cooperatives showing concern for the IP community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

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April 28, 2020

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The Cooperative Development Authority Chairman, Usec. Orlando R. Ravanera lauded the collective efforts of cooperatives that paved the way for the delivery of assistance to the Indigenous Peoples (IP) in Talakag, Bukidnon amidst the current pandemic hounding the country and the whole world.
    
Inspired by the letter of Senator Bong Go addressed to all the cooperatives in the country, the PLDT Employees Credit Cooperative (PECCI) heeded the call to help those communities in need. PECCI exemplified the 7th Principle which is Concern for the Community by providing assistance in the form of cash donation worth P 200,000.00. 
    
The said amount was distributed in the form of grocery items to the 900 families of IPs and members of Kitanglad-Kalatungan Producers Cooperative in Tagbak, Talakag, Bukidnon headed by Datu Pokol and the 700 IP families from the Igpanuyadug sa Abaga Ta Bayug Agriculture Cooperative headed by Sultan Abdul Amoran in Sitio Kibulag and Lantud, Talakag, Bukidnon.
    
Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperatives through Mr. Jose Romeo Ebron also joined PECCI in this endeavor of helping the communities by distributing milk bars to the same beneficiaries especially the malnourished children. Mr. Jose Romeo Ebron, who heads the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) is one with the cooperatives in their effort to help the IP communities.  He encouraged the IP cooperatives to engage in coffee production giving the inspiration that Bukidnon coffee has placed for the best coffee in the world.
    
By showcasing their collective efforts in helping out the IP communities in the area which was the first that they have received, the cooperatives hoped that this would create a ripple effect and that other organizations would continue to do their share in helping out the communities in need especially those in the marginalized sector, and more so of the Indigenous Peoples.
    
Ravanera also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all cooperatives nationwide that took the extra mile to serve their members, frontliners and the community as well. “Cooperative officers and members indeed live up to the spirit of cooperativism and their efforts is a manifestation that truly, cooperativism is a countervailing force against this pandemic.” 
    
The cooperatives also express their gratitude to Sen Bong Go, and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for their tireless efforts in leading the country and in inspiring organizations across the nation to do their share and help out in the fight against the dreaded COVID-19 virus.


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