WhyCooperative?J.B. BitonioLecture/Presentation Trainers Training for the La Union CDOsProject of the Provincial Government of La UnionSeptember 24-26, 2012
A cooperative is amember-owned andcontrolled businessthat operates for themutual benefit of itsmembers
Members whouse their servicesor purchase theirproducts
A Cooperatives promote thefullest possible participationin the economic and socialdevelopment of all peopleand are a major economicforce in developedcountries and a powerfulbusiness model indeveloping ones
The Co-operative Movement brings together over one billion people around the world. The United Nations estimated in 1994 that the livelihood of nearly 3 billion people, or half of the worlds population, was made secure by co- operative enterprise. These enterprises continue to play significant economic and social roles in their communities.United States with 305.6 million members.
75.8 million 160.8 million97.6 million 7.29 million 40.6 million
30 %97.6 million The countrys poverty incidence is at roughly 30 percent, which means about a third of the nearly 100 million Filipinos subsist on less 40.6 million than two U.S. dollars a day.
Region I. Coordination Board(NSCB) Statwatch data, it has atotal population of4,546,789. Of the statedpopulation countRegion I cooperativemembership1,423,124 as ofJuly 2012
Co-ops serve a range ofsectors, including housing,food, worker, agriculture,service, financial, youthand community.
The Philippines has been in a boom andbust cycle for several decades now. Wehave failed to achieve the necessaryGDP growths to bring us to developednation status relative to other East Asiannations (i.e., 8 percent growth of SouthKorea in the last 50 years and double-digit growth rates of China in the last 20years). The best in 19 years we haveachieved is 7.3 percent growth in 2007.The rest of the decade it has been 3 to5 percent growth on averageannually, too small to overcome povertylevels pegged at nearly 1/3 of the nation.Sen. Pangilinan (2012)
Poverty, with all its faces and forms, is our country’s biggest problem, not because of its drag on the economy, its effects on the environment, or the unsightly slums, but because this is simply not the way people are meant to live. Therefore, all our causes—education reform, transparency, infrastructure development, environmental protection, etc.—must ultimately lead to the uplift of the human situation of the Filipino poor.Ramon R. del Rosario Jr (2012).
We must together exploit this rareand great opportunity to move ourcountry forward and upwardLet us set our differences aside andfocus on what we have in common.We are but one people, have butone country and one future, and nomore time to waste.Ramon R. del Rosario Jr (2012).