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Wednesday, February 25, 2009


The City Government of Olongapo through the City Cooperative Development Council (CCDC) will host the first-ever Cooperative Congress in Central Luzon slated on March 9 to 11, 2009 at the Olongapo City Convention Center.

The city’s preparation for this event is on-going and Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. is expected to welcome the guests and participants of the said congress. This event was conceptualized to harmonize and complement the efforts of all stakeholders towards more strengthened, independent and dynamic cooperatives.

Cooperative leaders will convene to tackle the challenges affecting the country’s economy brought about by the global financial crisis. Their main objective is to develop and strengthen cooperative development councils (CDCs) by identifying and organizing the CDCs in provinces and municipalities. The council also intends to come up with unified plans, programs, projects and activities. Through this congress, the cooperative sector targets an intensified partnership with the government sector, private groups and civil society.

With the theme “Partnership for Globally Competitive Cooperatives,” resource speakers include Senators Manny S. Villar, Juan Miguel Zubiri and Richard J. Gordon. Other speakers are CDA Chairperson Lecira V. Juarez, Butil Partylist Representative Leonila V. Chavez, CDA-Region III Director Manuel A. Mar and Zambales Vice Governor Anne Marie C. Gordon.

Each topic and the choice of resource speakers were chosen based on the needs of the cooperators. Topics vary from the present national state of the cooperative sector, the global economic crisis and its effects a cooperatives, updates on legislative measures affecting coop movement, regional coop situation, sharing of best practices and economic forecast for 2009 and beyond.

Awards will also be given to honor an exemplary primary cooperative, a coop-friendly LGU, a cooperative development officer, a cooperative development council and an outstanding CDA employee.

The three-day affair is a joint project of the Central Luzon Development Cooperative Council (CLDCC) and the Cooperative Development Authority – Region III (CDA-RIII).

Three thousand delegates from Central Luzon and other regions in the country, together with local chief executives, coop advocates and supporters are expected to participate in this maiden event.

Olongapo City Convention Center will be the venue of the 1st Central Luzon Cooperative Congress on March 9-11, 2009 where 3,000 delegates are expected.


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