Las Piñas City– Former Senate President Manuel Villar, founding chairman of the Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance), personally awarded to the representatives of NATCCO member-cooperatives the 10 Most Outstanding Community Enterprises and 10 Most Promising Community Enterprises chosen from among the almost 200 entries nationwide during a simple ceremony held recently at the Villar SIPAG Bldg., C5 Extension Road,.
The Villar SIPAG Awards recognizes good practices or innovations of community enterprises, which generate jobs, and increase household income. It will also highlight outstanding initiatives of community enterprises as models of good practices in income poverty reduction.
Awarded as the 10 Most Outstanding Community Enterprises are the Andres M. Soriano Employees Fresh Fruits Cooperative, Baclaran Vendors Development Cooperative, Baclaran Parañaque; Bukluran Multi Purpose Cooperative, Dasmariñas, Cavite; Kalasag Farmers Producers Cooperative, San Jose City, Nueva Ecija; Malapatan Multi Purpose Cooperative, Malapatan, Sarangani; Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur; Paglaum Multi Purpose Cooperative, Misamis, Occidental; People’s Alliance for Progress Multi Purpose Cooperative, Panamao, Sulu; San Francisco Associations of Differently-Abled Person Multi Purpose Cooperative San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur; and San Joaquin Multi Purpose Cooperative, Sarat, Ilocos Norte.
Named the 10 Most Promising Community Enterprises are Catmon Multipurpose Cooperative in Catmon, Sta. Maria, Bulacan; Davao Ventures Employees Cooperative, Calinan, Davao City; Danlugan Farmers Multi Purpose Cooperative, Danlugan, Pagadian City; Davao Oriental Coco Husk Social Enterprises, Inc., San Isidro, Davao Oriental; Ipil Market Vendors Multi Purpose Cooperative, Ipil, Zamboanga Sigubay; Light House Cooperative; Paco Soriano Pandacan Development Cooperative, Paco, Manila; People’s Officials, Employees and Community Multi Purpose Cooperative, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte; Southern Iloilo Area Multipurpose Cooperative in Oton, Iloilo and Valenzuela Development Cooperative in Valenzuela City, Metro Manila.
Bukluran MPC, Malapatan MPC, Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives, San Joaquin MPC, Danlugan Farmers MPC, Paco Soriano Pandacan Development Cooperative, and Valenzuela Development Cooperative are active NATCCO Network members.
A cash reward of P250,000 was given to each of the winner in the Most Outstanding Community Enterprises while P100,000 cash to each of the winner in the Most Promising Community Enterprises.
By Mario Casayuran