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Coop stakeholders invited to attend inter-regional consultation on New Coop Law

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (31 October) -- The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) - Dagupan Extension Office and the United Cooperatives of Pangasinan (UNICOOP) will host an inter-regional public consultation on the proposed Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9520 or the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008 on November 9 -10 at the City De Luxe Restaurant, Tapuac District, Dagupan City.

Cooperative stakeholders from Regions 1, 2 and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) are enjoined to attend the event, as this is venue for discussions to obtain public inputs testimonies and comments relevant to the proposed IRR in the spirit of cooperativism.

In line with this, CDA-CAR regional director Ray Elevazo encourages all cooperative stakeholders in the region to join the consultations. The consultation, he said, is being done nationwide and every stakeholders input will be as important as this will all incorporated in the final IRR that will be submitted to the Oversight Committee in Congress for ratification.

Elevazo also stressed that RA 9520, which was signed into a law last March 23, will have a very big impact on the cooperative sector and the rural and urban economy once the IRR is finalized.

CDA-CAR is now in the process of sending invitations to the different cooperative group in the region. For more information, you can coordinate with the CDA-CAR office at tel. no. 4426731.

Meanwhile, Elevazo is calling on all cooperatives in the region to coordinate with their office in relation to the issuance of new certificates before the deadline on March 22, 2010. He explained that under RA 9520, all cooperatives are mandated to get issuance of New Certificate of Registration or re-register. For any cooperative who could not comply, its registration will be deemed cancel.

Elevazo also announced that the documents needed for re-registration is the original copy of their past certificate of registration, photo-copy of the coop's Bylaws and articles of cooperation, latest audited financial statement of the coop for the past 2 years (As of Dec 31, 2007, and/or 2008 and/or 2009). A re-registration fee of P500 is also included. Non-operational cooperatives are also welcomed to re-register, if they are willing to, though operating cooperatives will be prioritized.

Elevazo is also inviting all cooperative stakeholders in the region to join the regional Cooperative Month celebration on November 13 and 14 at the PFVR Multi-Purpose. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri is the expected guest of honor for the said event. (PIA) [top]

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