Oct 8, 2019

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA – The Provincial Government led a two-day mandatory Gender and Development Mainstreaming and Assessment Seminar for micro-cooperatives in the province at Benigno Aquino Hall, Capitol Compound, here.

This was jointly facilitated by the Provincial Cooperative Development Council (PCDC) headed by Board Member Anthony Joseph Torres, the Provincial Cooperative and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCEDO) headed by Luningning Vergara, and the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).

According to Abraham Pangan, PCEDO staff, the seminar aimed to help the said micro-cooperatives develop gender equality plans for their respective cooperatives.

“Ang layunin po nito is to help micro-cooperatives na mag-come up ng mga gender equality plans sa sarili nilang mga kooperatiba, nang sa gayo’y ‘yung operations ng coop ay mas maging harmonious and progressive,” he said.

Among the topics discussed during the event were Gender Sensitivity, Concepts, and Issues; Household and Cooperatives; Understanding Gender Equality; GAD Mainstreaming in Cooperatives; CDA Memorandum Circular 2013-22; and GAD Planning and Formulation.

Prior to this, Torres announced that there will be a Cooperative Month celebration in October wherein series of activities will be conducted.

“Ngeni pung i-celebrate taya ing Coop Month, aside from seminars, we also have culminating activities. Atin tamu rin pung Galal Parangal kareng Kooperatiba king Pampanga nung nokarin i-recognize tala pu deng outstanding cooperatives king kekatamu pung probinsya. Sana pu akayabe da kayu kening month-long celebration tamu,” he said.

He also mentioned that the provincial government is willing to provide assistance to meet the needs of the said cooperatives.

To date, there are already 212 cooperatives consisting over 50,000 members across the province.