MisOr guv urges groups to switch into cooperatives

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

MISAMIS Oriental governor Yevgeny Vincente “Bambi” Emano has encouraged 68 different associations of the province to convert into cooperatives in a ceremony at the Capitol grounds on May 22.

“We want them to become cooperatives because community-based ang cooperatives. The province wants to help their respective communities,” Emano said.

Vernie Wenceslao from the Buko Pie Products Association of Medina said that converting their association to a cooperative would be a great idea.


"We have been here for years, but we only get to earn during fiestas or on some occasions in our town. But I think, when we become a cooperative, there is a cycle of money already. We can help others in our town and help ourselves. Our business can also flourish more [...] we also dream to become like the established cooperatives in the province," she said.

The associations in the province received 11 pigs and organic feeds from the Provincial Government worth P2.5 million.

“Piggery is a great idea that is why we proposed this last year pa. Piggery is money because it is associated with food and people will definitely eat,” he said.

Cora Paderno, a member of the Medina Farmers Federation, said that the pigs will definitely help their association to profit.

“When the pigs will grow, they will eventually reproduce offspring. If there will be more piglets, some of them will be sold in the market and some will be kept. In the future, they will also reproduce. So it is a cycle, yet the association is getting money from these pigs,” she said.

Ten pigs are females and a male. Feeds are also distributed, which is a help for their start-up.

However, after the pigs reproduce, ten female pigs are expected to be turned over from these associations to the provincial government in the future.

An agricultural manufacturer will also help the attendees by conducting a seminar on handling poultry animals, the proper food to eat, among others at the Capitol Grounds on May 24 and 25.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 23, 2014.

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