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  • Dr. Luis Carrillo: Bigay Pugay Awardee 2018

    Dr. Luis Carrillo sought wisdom from the written divine revelation, fascinated with numbers, and believed cooperation is the key to attain better quality of life for humanity.    He obtained a Diploma in Pastoral Theology from International Grace Bible Institute Read More
  • ICA Backs Zero Tolerance for Harassment & Discrimination

    BUENOS AIRES – The cooperative movement has approved a formal commitment towards the promotion of a decent working environment and zero tolerance for any form of harassment. The fact that a global actor like the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) commits Read More
  • Felisa Palencia: Bicol Region’s Bigay Pugay Awardee

    BAAO, CAMARINES SUR – An educator and training provider, Director Felisa M. Palencia has been instrumental in the training and education of the cooperators in this Municipality. She has been a member of the Baao Parish Multi- Purpose Cooperative for Read More
  • AsiaDHRRA taps NATCCO to help Farmers’ Co-op

    EASTERN SAMAR – Many agricultural cooperatives fail due to the inability of its members – mostly farmers – to run its operations.  But for a farmers’ cooperative named Island of Samar & Leyte Agriculture Cooperative (ISLACO), the future looks bright. Read More
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    MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) to be placed under the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI).  Malacanang Palace issued Executive Order 67 on October 31.   It will be recalled that just on his Read More
  • First Co-op Chess Tourney in History

    MAKATI CITY – More than 200 chess players battled wills over the Chess Board on Sunday, October 22, at the First Co-op Cup Chess Tournament held at the Alphaland Southgate Mall, with Max Dave Tellor of Adamson University taking the Read More
  • ACCU Founder Rekindles Raiffeisen Ideals

    Mr. Andrew So, one of the founders of the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions gave this inspirational speech at the 2018 ACCU Forum in September in Manila.   Social Justice is a moral principle and a moral value. Read More
  • Co-op Month Celebrated Nationwide!

    Cooperators all over the country celebrated the Cooperative Month this October, culminating in the National Cooperative Day on October 20.   According to the Co-operative Month Secretariat that collates nationwide data and monitors social media posts under the hashtag “#1coopnation”, Read More
  • Co-op Resiliency & Sustainable Development

    COOP-NATCCO Rep. Anthony Bravo delivered the following Privilege Speech in Congress last  October 8.   Mr. Speaker, honorable colleagues, I rise today as we again honor our cooperatives across the country for being resilient amidst the growing inflation and other Read More
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Stabilization Fund System Keeps Co-op Trust

26,000 cooperatives in the Philippines with memberships ranging in size from 15 to 100,000 manage the hard-earned money of their members.  Their foundation is trust.  When trust is gone, co-ops are gone.
 
The Stabilization Fund System (SFS) is a form of “solidarity fund” as cooperatives contributing to it, in effect, are coming together to help one another to prevent insolvency (or bankruptcy) – thus maintaining the trust and confidence of depositors.
 
Following the models in Germany, Netherlands, Canada and South Korea, NATCCO Network established the SFS in 2008 with 3 elements: 
 
1) SUPERVISION AND MONITORING through on-site Risk-Based Evaluation (RBE) of member-cooperatives by the SFS Team
 
2) OFF-SITE MONITORING AND FOLLOW-THROUGH of compliance to RBE recommendations
 
3) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, or use of the Stabilization Fund, as a last resort to prevent co-op run/bankruptcy.
 
Overseeing the Fund is the SF Committee comprising the NATCCO CEO, NATCCO Chairperson, the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), the Dept. of Finance or the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions.
 
The SFS provides co-ops:
 
1) Supervision and monitoring of cooperatives, and if necessary, remedial measures 
 
2) Awareness of the cooperative’s risk level and recommendations to control and mitigate risks
 
3) Self-Regulation to protect cooperatives against insolvency, thus protecting the investments of individual members
 
4) Increase of public trust and confidence in cooperatives
 
5) Cooperatives recognized as a self-regulated financial provider of choice to the marginalized 
 
6) If all co-ops participate in the SFS, this displays Solidarity 
 
The approaches of the SFS are 1) pro-active prevention, avoiding problems in the first place, and 2) holistic, evaluation of a co-op’s financials, investments, credit, cash, controls and systems,  governance, compliance and human resources.
A cooperative under the SFS agrees to:
 
Contribute 0.5% of Total Assets to the Fund which the cooperative builds up  over time
 
Submit financial data for monitoring
 
Open books for inspection
 
The SFS has 50 member co-operatives nationwide, contributing P24.3 Million to the Stabilization Fund.  
 
Holy Child Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Bato, Leyte) joined the SFS in 2008.  General Manager Lorna Gesultura, says: “We never regret investing in the SFS. Aside from securing co-op assets, it earns interest. At inspections, we're guided and monitored in our operations.”   
 
St. Vincent Ferrer Parish MPC (Odiongan, Romblon) Chairperson Martin Lasaga says: “We’re happy to know the areas in our operation where we need to focus!”
 
Technical partner is German co-op federation Deutsche Genosenschafts Raiffeissen Verband (DGRV).
 
The National Association of Training Centers for Cooperatives was established in 1977 to provide and standardize the education and training components of cooperatives.
 
Today, the National Confederation of Cooperatives’ (NATCCO Network’s) Mission is to “build the socio-economic capabilities of cooperatives through the delivery of superior financial products and allied services.”
 
For co-ops to be able to help their members rise out of poverty, the NATCCO Network offers training to co-op leaders, managers and staff in Financial and Risk Management to Bookkeeping, from Marketing to Information Technology, from gender & development and Disaster-Readiness for business continuity, and every aspect of a co-op’s operations.
 
Other services include Financial Intermediation (taking deposits and providing loans), Information Technology (Financial software, ATMs, POS, mobile payment platform) Conditional Cash Transfer, Stabilization Fund, Life Insurance, and Advocacy & Networking.
 

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