LGU Valencia Spearheads Cooperative Month Celebration
The City Government of Valencia in partnership and coordination with the City of Valencia Cooperative Development Council (CVCDC) culminated the month-long celebration of the Cooperative Month last October 25, 2016. Aimed at empowering the cooperative and business sector and recognising their vital contribution to the City’s economic development, the present administration showed full support to the various lined-up activities for the benefit of all members of the CVCDC.
With the this year’s cooperative theme: “COOPERATIVES: THE CATALYST OF CHANGE THROUGH POVERTY ERADICATION AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION” the month-long celebration culmination activities started with a motorcade and foot parade participated by various cooperative members in the city at 7 o’clock in the morning from the DepEd Oval and ended at the City Covered Court, where the thanksgiving mass and culminating ceremony took place.
City Councilor and Chair on Labor, Employment and Cooperative, Hon. Glenn P. Peduche, gave a solidarity message and recognized the significant contributions and accomplishments of the cooperatives and micro and small enterprises (MSEs) that brought considerable growth in the increase of assets and employment generation in the city. The City Government through the City Cooperative Officer, Mr. Hipolito B. Ucang, Jr., also recognized the crucial role and responsibilities of cooperatives in reducing poverty, advancing inclusive growth and promoting social development, especially in the countryside and grassroot communities in Valencia City during his message and introduction of delegates and guests.
During the said culmination program, outreach activities were also conducted and initiated where the cooperative sector showed its social concern and responsibility through Medical Mission with free prescribed medicines, Eye Checkup inclusive of prescription glasses and Massage Services where there were more than 160 recipients of the aforementioned free services.
The council through its president, Mr. Michael M. Pornia, expressed gratitude to the City Government of Valencia through Hon. City Mayor Azucena P. Huervas for the wholehearted support which was monumental to the success of the whole day activity.
The celebration of Cooperative Month every October is in accordance with the Presidential Proclamation No. 493 dated October 27, 2003 that aims to encourage public participation and awareness about cooperatives, its importance in nation building and its contributions to sustainable economic development.
By: Lourdita L. Aguirre - SAO – City Cooperative Office