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Pagadian officials laud coop organizations for their unity

Pagadian City (30 October) -- Local officials praised Coop organizations here for having shown their enduring unity. The admiration expressed during the culmination of the Cooperative Month Celebration recently at the City gymnasium and highlighted by the coronation of search for Mr. & Mrs. Cooperative 2009 and folk dance contest with the theme: "One coop movement, one vision, one nation: Bagong batas, bagong sigla sa kooperatiba."

Mayor Samuel S. Co lauded the Coop organizations for upholding the spirit of solidarity that creates special bonding among coop members. He was impressed on the lending capacity of the Coops which provided low interest to members to help uplift their living conditions thru livelihood projects.

"I encourage you to steadfastly continue your unity because in unity, there is strength," Co said.

He also encouraged the farmers and fishermen to unite and form a cooperative organization so they could avail of financial assistance from the government.

Co thanked the success attained by the cooperatives because this has greatly helped in improving and sustaining the economy of the city, and it gives livelihood opportunities to their respective members.

"The city government will always support you in your endeavors, Co assured the members of a cooperative.

Governor Aurora E. Cerilles, in her message delivered by 1st Dist. Board Member Flaviano Fucoy, Jr. said, she hopes that cooperativism will grow and more organizations will exist and flourish in the city to help contribute to the economy.

She said that the provincial government has intensified their campaign in forming coop organizations to help, especially the poor and low-income families in obtaining livelihood and additional income.

Cerilles, further said, there are some types of cooperatives that a farmer can join, and she is earnestly requesting the farmers in rural barangays to form cooperative organizations to help improve their living conditions and be guided always on the saying that goes: "The success of the cooperatives greatly depends on the spirit of solidarity and cooperativism.

"Like an eagle, we strive to soar high for us to achieve our dreams amidst the challenges that we are facing today," Cerilles stressed.

Supervising cooperative development specialist nestor mindaros said that the coop organizations in Pagadian City reached to 50 with an estimated more than 20,000 members after the City Cooperative Development Office (CCDO) was created by the city government as an office in the year 1990. (GCC/ PIA9-Pagadian City) [top]

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