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Co-ops in the time of COVID

Posted March 30, 2020


Cooperatives are doing their part in the nationwide fight against the COVID 19. Many co-ops in the NATCCO Network are still operating with skeletal workforce. Those with Kaya Payment Platform and Kaya ATM allow their members to operate digitally.

But beyond their day-to-day operations, some co-op have performed thus:

Salvacion Farmers Development Cooperative (SAFADECO) in Sorsogon City offered to members and non-members online/electronic purchase and home delivery of goods within Sorsogon City so they do not have to go out of their homes.  And there are lots of orders coming!  SAFADECO lives by the dictum: “Together we are stronger!” and “SAFADECO delivers because we care.”

Imus Vendors Development Cooperative (IVEDECO) in Imus, Cavite continued operations on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays  from 8 AM to 3 PM. This is compliance with the government directive for enhanced community quarantine and also to protect “ hardworking employees.”

Kauyagan Savers MPC in Impasugong, Bukidnon hascontinued operations to serve its members with the tellers using plastic gloves and social distancing among members. “Little things to help prevent possible spread of virus.”

Tondo Market Vendors Development Cooperative (TOMVEDCO) In Tondo, Manila provided free 10 kilos of rice to jeepney and tricycle drivers who could not operate due to the quarantine.

Most Holy Rosary MPC in Rodriguez, Rizal used thermal scanners for temperature check and provide alcohol handwash for all stakeholders entering the building. Later, officers and staff distributed  5 kilos of rice plus P300 worth of canned goods for a total of PHP500 worth per pack. This benefited 8,000 families.

Kabisig Multipurpose Cooperative in Isabela has donated goods for the frontliners – health workers and police personnel.

Belison MPC in Antique Province observed 1-meter social distancing for members transacting in the office as early as March 16.

Pandan MPC in Pandan, Antique Province gave donations to support the Quarantine Checkpoint Frontliners in Barangays Buang, and Callan.  

Lamac MPC in Pinamungahan, Cebu gave to staff and officers each one sack of rice, groceries, allowance for six months, advance Christmas Bonus.  If infected with the virus, there will be a P20,000 financial assistance to infected staff, and P5,000 to members.

KAILIAN MPC of Lidlidda, Ilocos Sur gave multivitamins to the dedicated men and women frontliners as a way of extending their appreciation and gratitude to protect the community in the fight against this infectious Coronavirus disease.

Sacred Heart Savings Cooperative of Galimuyod, Ilocos Sur distributed 110 pack of pork/meat to DILG, PNP, BFP personnel (60 PNP, 25 POSO, 25 BFP)

Sta. Cruz Development Cooperative of Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur made the “difficult decision” of closing operations temporarily. However,  they acknowledged the countless effort of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams amidst COVID-19 pandemic. The coop gave a package of coffee and biscuits in every barangay of the municipality, as well as face masks for health workers at Tagudin General Hospital.

The Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives in Vigan, Ilocos Sur donated alcohol, alcogel and Vitamin C to Local Government Units.  Co-op members were provided rice, bagoong, cooking oil, soap, and dishwashing liquid. The NSCC also opened its Business Center to serve the needs of the people of Caoayan and nearby communities. Fresh vegetables and fruits, meat, fish and other basic necessities are available. NSCC also opens its NSCC Plaza where supermarket, bakery and pharmacy are located to supply other basic needs of the members and community during quarantine time.

La Union MPC in La Union prepared food packs for health workers in the province

In Cagayan de Oro City, Oro Integrated Cooperative  staff based in Cagayan de Oro went to 14 barangays to provide knapsack sprayers to aid them in their fight against the spread of COVID 19. Each spray tank can fill up to 16 liters of cleaning solution to disinfect contaminated areas. 

In Tacloban City, the Regional and Central COMELEC Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative (RECEMPCO), composed of Commission on Elections employees.  With the cessation of operations of the COMELEC nationwide, RECEMPCO has continued serving its member-owners by releasing Loans amounting to P68.9 Million since January.  

In Bangued, Abra, the ADTEMPCO or Abra Diocesan Teachers & Employees MPC staff and management produced face masks for donation to the local chapter of the Red Cross.

In Valenzuela City, the Valenzuela Development Cooperative  (VALDECO) issued gift certificates for rice and cooking oil worth P250 to all regular members, whether MIGS, delinquent, or those abroad but have families left behind.  On March 28, the co-op established Market on Wheels to deliver market goods to consumers so they do not have to leave their homes during the quarantine period.

In Batangas, where ACDI MPC operates a dairy farm, the co-op donated 500 1-liter bottles of fresh milk) for the frontliners manning the security check points.

Metro Paypayad Multipurpose Cooperative in Candon City provided financial assistance to barangay checkpoint frontliners.

Bantug Multipurpose Cooperative in Talavera, Nueva Ecija ensuring that there will be continuous supply of rice in the NCR and its nearby provinces has filled up truckloads of rice ready for delivery.

Watchlife Workers MPC in Bataan, provided pack of goods to its members.

Angat Credit Cooperative in Bulacan provided support to the frontliners of the LGU of Angat, Bulacan.

CamSur Multipurpose Cooperative in Pili, Camarines Sur is now doing the KADIWA ON WHEELS bringing rice, vegetables, fruits and grocery items to the community.

LEZO MPC, in Lezo, Aklan gave provisions of goods to barangays and to Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) on credit basis and provision of groceries as Calamity Assistance to the families of the Operators under the co-op’s Farm Facilities Program.

Pavia Entrepreneurs MPC in Pavia, Iloilo joined the fight against COVID19 through cash donations from their Community Development Fund (CDF) to Pavia Local Government (LGU), Pavia Philippine National Police (PNP) and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) amounting to P12,000. Php60,000.00 was provided as financial assistance to members in good standing (MIGS), released cash gift loan to fixed earner – members (Pavia, LGU), with service fee, no interest and payment is scheduled on December, and released prorated 13th month pay for January to April to management staff.

Abuyog St. Francis Xavier Credit Cooperative (AFCCO) in Abuyog, Leyte gave food packs, vitamins and disinfectant solution to officers and staff, P5,000 financial assistance to employees, moratorium in loan payments, and dividends and Patronage Refund was released to members’ savings accounts.

Perpetual Help MPC – Tacloban released employees’ 13th Month pay in advance, salary, provided transport service to employees, and allowed some employees to work from home.

Midsalip Farmers MPC in Zamboanga del Sur donated chlorine and food to AFP personnel manning the check points.

Aurora Integrated Multi-Purpose Cooperative provided sanitation kit to frontliners in Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur.

Zanorte MPC is continuously distributing essential goods among the AFP personnel manning the quarantine control point at Brgy. Punta, Sinaman, Obay, Gampis, Bucana and BIR Sicayab in Dipolog City.

Mambajao MPC in Camiguin Island provided Temporary Relief Loan Program to members condoning the penalties and reduced added interest for the months of March and April, donated 50 sacks of rice to the province of Camiguin and 50 sacks to LGU of Balingoan, gave half sack of rice to all MMPC employees, shortened its banking hours from 9am – 3pm and number of working days from Monday to Friday on skeletal working arrangement, providing vehicle support to working staff.  Non-Payment of loan penalties are also waived.

PAFCPIC to its nationwide network of branches, announced suspension of loan payment deductions for April for all types of loans and automatic renewal of back-to-back loans.

Capitol Employees of Bataan MPC in Bataan provided a Moratorium on loan payment collection until May 2020.  The co-op also provided food to doctors, nurses, PNP, and other Frontliners who help directly to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Holy Trinity Agro-Forestry MPC Bakery in partership with donor partners, produced cookies and macaroons for the frontliners in the different barangays of Ilagan City.  

Bokod Sulphur Spring MPC donated bottled water and biscuits to the Quarantine Control Team at Kaling, Bashoy and Kabayan Municipalities of Benguet Province.

Pera MPC in Agusan del Sur donated 500 pieces of cloth masks in helping the Provincial Red Cross combat COVID19.  

Tumalalud Farmers MPC in Mambusao, Capiz donated cash for the construction of a decontamination booth to be used by the Mambusao Fire Station personnel.

Iwahori MPC in Bataan distributed dividends starting March 20 up to March 26, 2020, has continued Loan releases (including Petty/ Quick Cash loan amounting to P5000), performs transactions using  KAYA Platform System for ATM,  declared moratorium of loan payments, released mid-year bonuses for employees plus calamity financial assistance, and maintains a skeletal workforce with  complete salary (Feb 20-Mar 20).

Rhudarda MPC in Polillo Island, Quezon Province has provided an improvised sanitation tent for the Burdeos Rural Health Unit and the Polillo Rural Health Unit.

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