ACDI MPC Participates in the 11th Cooperative Summit in CDO

On October 10-12, 2012, ACDI Multipurpose Cooperative took part in the celebration of the 11th Cooperative Summit in Atrium, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City. This year marked a very significant event Fin the cooperative movement or United Nation has declared 2012 as the “International Year of Cooperatives” to gratify the contributions, as well as the role of our world leaders to the Socio-Economic Development of nations and in promoting the betterment of the lives of the poor and the marginalized sector.

Dubbed as “Cooperative Enterprise Build a Better Philippines”, this year’s Summit localized and aligned it’s theme from IYC’s “Transformative Cooperatives for People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace”. The event runs for two days in The Atrium at Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro which was filled by approximately three thousand (3,000) cooperators coming from different parts of the country. The ACDI MPC President, MGen Gilbert Llanto (Ret) together with the ACDI BOD members, MGen Salvador S Collantes Jr (Ret), BGen Alfredo Ramirez (Ret), BGen Teodoro Evangelista (Ret), MGen Jovito Gammad along with BGen Neal Gacrama, VP-CMAO attended and actively participated the said two-day event.

Moreover, a variety of honorable speakers were invited to the event to share and embark upon different key-subjects to establish Sustainable Development among cooperatives. Hon. Oscar Moreno, Governor of Misamis Oriental opened the program proper by welcoming the delegates to their province. Afterwards, Senator Agapito “Butz” Aquino presented his overview to the 11th National Cooperative Summit, and was subsequently followed by Dr. Emmanuel Santianguel, PhD Chairman of Cooperative Development Authority with his State of the Coop Address (SOCA 2012).

As part of the program, Ms. Sally Ganibe from Asian Women in Cooperative Development Forum (AWCF) imparted about Gender Equality in Cooperatives. Also, The Senior Advisor of Development International Desjardins (DID), Mr. Jean Caron discussed the Model for Savings and Credit Cooperative. Lastly, Mr. Fermin Gonzales, President of CLIMBS conversed about Cooperative’s Risk Mitigation.

The overall concept of this year’s summit as adapted to its theme aims to give emphasis and to develop the operational condition of the cooperative industry as what has been agreed upon during the last year’s Cooperative Summit. It also aspires to tackle the challenges that the cooperatives may face for the incorporation of the production and marketing of its product and services. The highlights of the event include the Cooperative Parade and the assembly of the representatives of all participating Coops. As part of the culminating activity of the group, the participants were given the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the beautiful city of Cagayan De Oro and their famous tourist spots.