CITY of BALANGA, Bataan – As part of the 74th Araw ng Kagitingan celebration, the cooperatives and MSEs of Bataan held its second Cooperatives Night, last April 6 at the Plaza Mayor de Balanga.
Dubbed starting this year as Bataan Cooperatives and Entrepreneurs Night, the well attended event, with more than 350 participants from different cooperatives of Bataan, started with a vibrant tambourine dance led by Lingap Kapwa MPC from Pilar followed by a rendition of the Cooperative Hymn led by Abucay MPC.
Mr. Florentino J. Obana, also known as the “Father of Cooperatives in Bataan” presented the new Bataan Cooperative Development Council’s logo which symbolizes LGUs, line agencies, and the coop sector from the 11 municipalities and 1 city of Bataan. As it emphasizes the values of excellence, hope, sense of cooperation and community, and progress, the logo likewise aims to inspire the cooperatives to remain contributory in the realization of Bataan’s vision of becoming the preferred location for eco-industrial investments leading to the highest human development index in the Philippines.
Cooperatives Development Authority (CDA) Regional Director Marietta P. Hwang launched the 2016 CDA Gawad Parangal that inspired the cooperatives to join and bring home the bacon. Iwahori MPC, Watchlife MPC, Cupang West MPC, and the Bataan Cooperative Development Council were among the recent 2015 CDA Gawad Parangal awardees. Worth mentioning is that Watchlife MPC and Iwahori MPC are consistent awardees of said prestigious search.
CDA Administrator Mercedes D. Castillo who also graced the event congratulated the cooperatives for being very active players in the sector bringing significant contributions to Bataan’s economic progress. She also acknowledged the ACE BPO of Abucay MPC as the first and sole BPO at present run by a cooperative in the entire country. She also congratulated the cooperatives and the MSE sector for the wonderful job they are doing for their members and the province as a whole.
Ms. Castillo did not miss to commend all the participating cooperatives for the talents they displayed that night such as modern, interpretative and folk dances. The audience was also serenaded by sweet voices and entertained by the witty performances of even the young children of the cooperative members.
First time to join as mentioned were the MSEs of Bataan who recently graduated from the pioneer batch of Grassroots Entrepreneurship and Management Training Course under the Micro Enterprise Development Program of the Enterprise Development Division of the Provincial Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office with members of the Bataan Food and Non-Food Manufacturers Association, Inc. (BAFNOFMAI) spearheaded by their very diligent President Ms. Pamela Santos.The Provincial Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office coordinated the said event under the dynamic leadership of Ms. Azucena E. Sugatain.