DAGUPAN CITY – In a move to strengthen the livelihood of the people, the city government in partnership with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) – Dagupan Extension Office, organized a one-day pre-registration seminar on the steps to be taken in forming cooperatives for transport and fishermen’s groups on April 18 at CSI Stadia.
Fiona Mae Lopez, the city’s Cooperative Officer, disclosed that the officers of the Alliance of United Transport Organization (AUTOPRO), City Federation of Tricycle Drivers and Operators (CITYFED), Tricycle Alliance of Dagupan (TRIAD) Inc. and the Pederasyon ng mga Mangingisda sa Dagupan City (PEDMANDACI) informed the city of their intent to organize themselves into cooperatives.
They sought the assistance of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez who readily extended the assistance to them and forged a partnership with the CDA through Lopez.
“I welcomed the request of our transport and fisherfolk groups to organize themselves into a cooperative. I support their undertakings and endeavors especially in helping their members more effectively,” said Fernandez.
Lopez added that after the seminar the city under her office will help the groups in processing their accreditation as a cooperative with the assistance of the CDA.
“After the seminar, regular na tayo magcoconduct ng ganito ulit para sa mga iba pang groups/people's organization na gusto ring maging cooperative. Mas nai-improve po kasi livelihood ng mga grupo once naging coop na sila. So target natin maicooperativize ang lahat ng organizations na may gusto,” said Lopez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)