CITY OF MALOLOS – The Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) through the Provincial Cooperative and Economic Development Office (PCEDO) has already lined up various activities for the month-long celebration of Cooperative Month this October that aims to empower the cooperative and business sector and recognize their vital contribution in Bulacan’s economic development.
With the theme “Bulacan Cooperative: Exceeding Limits. Sustaining Excellence,” the month-long celebration will kick off with a cooperative parade on October 1, 2016 at 6:00am from the Bulacan Sports Complex and will end in front of the Bulacan Capitol Gymnaiusm, where the opening ceremony will take place.
Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that the celebration will highlight the significant contributions and accomplishments of the cooperatives and micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Bulacan that brought considerable growth in the increase of assets and employment generation in the province, as well as to increase public awareness about cooperatives and their contributions to socio-economic development.
Various activities for the celebration include Food Safety Seminar on October 11, a two-day Bulacan Hall of Fame League Union Credit and Risk Management Seminar on October 12-13 and a Cooperative Bowling Fest on October 14.
According to Provincial Cooperative and Economic Development Officer Cynthia Abiol, they will conduct a three-day Cooperative Trade Fair on October 17-19 to provide assistance and support to local entrepreneurs and provide them other opportunities for the development of their business and investments.
Abiol also said that a seminar/orientation regarding the implementation of rules and regulations of the Republic Act 9520 or known as the Cooperative Code will be held on October 19 to increase the knowledge and skills of cooperative members.
Moreover, PCEDO will also conduct series of Cooperative Blood Letting Activities on October 18 and 21 with the cooperation of local government units and Bulacan Local Blood Council.
Outstanding Cooperatives in the province will also be recognized in the Gawad Galing Kooperatiba and Coop Fellowship on October 28 at The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city.
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.