About 2,475 Provincial, Municipal and City Cooperative Development Council officers and members convened in the celebration of Cavite Cooperative Month with this year’s theme “Kooperatiba tungo sa patuloy na pagtataguyod ng matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay mula sa komunidad tungo sa sambayanan” on October 04, 2019 at the Provincial Gymnasium in Trece Martires City. The event aims to intensify awareness in promoting the significance of cooperatives in uplifting the lives of its members which conveys a great impact on economic growth and development.

COOP color Zumba signaled the kick-off activity followed with the parade of MCDC, CCDC and other partner agencies.  A blood-letting activity was also facilitated to gather blood which will be utilized in saving lives of patients who are in need of blood. Ribbon cutting of the trade fair and exhibits were also featured to showcase local products and delicacies of the province.

Provincial Administrator for Community Affairs Mr. Alvin S. Mojica confidently assured the public on the local government’s full support in all the cooperative movements to further develop a strong and well-established organization. On behalf of Cavite PCDC Chairperson Fr. Arturo Joseph M. Balagat, PCDC Vice Chairman Ms. Teresa Daño expressed her gratefulness to everyone who has been part of the success of the program. Likewise, Chairman Emeritus of Cavite PCDC Mr. Rodrigo M. Camia, Trece Martires City Mayor Gemma Lubigan, Vice Mayor Bobby Montehermoso and other local officials also echoed messages of support to cooperatives.

Meanwhile, Senator Francis N. Tolentino who was the keynote speaker encouraged the attendees to formulate new ideas as he shared some techniques on how to enhance or innovate their existing products. He also guaranteed everyone that he will represent their voice in providing the coop needs and interests.

Highlight of the program was the announcement of winners for various activities. CO-Oplympics category was composed of Caterpillar Walk which was won by Amadeo COOP (1st Place) and Rosario MCDC (2nd place); Tug-of-War winners consisted of Alfonso MCDC (1st Place), Silang MCDC (2nd Place) and Amadeo COOP (3rd Place); Group Relay winners comprised of Silang MCDC (1st Place), Tanza MCDC (2nd Place) and Imus CCDC (3rd place) and KOOPera o Kahon which was played by Ms. Lilibeth A. Manzano of General Trias CCDC. Meanwhile, Ms. Emma Villanueva of Amadeo CCDC got the Best in Zumba Costume award while Mr. Arnold Bay of Amadeo COOP received the Best in Zumba Dance award.

COOP Fashion Show was also showcased as Amadeo COOP representatives were hailed as the over-all champion followed by General Emilio Aguinaldo MCDC, Carmona MCDC and Tagaytay CCDC. Winners of the Biggest Delegation were awarded to Bacoor CCDC (1st Place), Imus CCDC (2nd Place) and General Mariano Alvarez MCDC (3rd Place).

First District Board Member Rommel R. Enriquez, SP Chair, Committee on Cooperatives also graced the program and ensured the support of the provincial government on the creation and implementation of cooperative plans and programs. Provincial Cooperative, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCLEDO) Officer-in-Charge Atty. Khervy B. Reyes delivered his words of challenge motivating every participant to work hand in hand in encouraging other people to join and see the real essence of COOP in their lives and to the community.

The event was made possible thru the effort of the Provincial Cooperative, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCLEDO) in collaboration with the Provincial Cooperative Development Council (PCDC) and Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).