Tacloban wins Nat’l Best Coop Office Award for second straight year
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) – The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacloban added yet another feather to its cap when the City Cooperatives Development and Livelihood Assistance Office (CCDLAO) was recognized as the National Best Performing Local Government Unit-Cooperatives Development Office (Highly Urbanized Cities Category), for the second straight year, by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).
In its Gawad Parangal 2017 Search held at the Makati Shangri-La, Manila in Makati, Metro Manila last October 27, Tacloban City was recognized along with the Leyte National High School Multipurpose Cooperative (LNHSMC), which was awarded 3rd Place Best Performing Cooperative (Medium Category) throughout the country. CCDLAO and LNHSMC received plaques of recognition from CDA.
The Selection Committee was composed of the Senate Cooperatives Committee headed by Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, the Secretaries of the different Government Departments implementing programs for cooperatives and the National Cooperative Federation.
CCDLAO Chief Ruena Mate credited the national recognition to the efforts of Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez who zealously provided funding for the cooperative movement in the city which enabled the Coop Office to implement programs and extend technical assistance to local cooperatives.
According to Mate CCDLAO’s “best practices” and the thriving local cooperative industry also contributed to the LGU winning the award.
As of this writing, Tacloban has 52 active cooperatives with a pooled asset of 3 Billion pesos, employing more than 200 Taclobanons.
Meantime, in line with the thrust of Mayor Romualdez to provide employment and livelihood opportunities to Tacloban residents, the CCDLAO provides entrepreneurial development assistance to livelihood beneficiaries in coordination with national agencies. These beneficiaries are given marketing and promotional support by Coop Office by introducing them to Trade Fairs and assisting them avail of Government Grants.
The annual Gawad Parangal award recognizes exemplary performance, best practices and good governance initiatives of Cooperatives, LGUs, partner organizations and cooperative leaders in bringing responsive services to the people and to the community. –Henry James G. Roca, photo by Tim Canes/CMO