THE House of Representatives has passed a bill into
law declaring every October
of the year as Cooperative
Month to recognize the importance of cooperativism.
Rep. Sabeniano “Ben”
Canama of the Coop NATCCO Party-List said that
cooperatives in the entire
country celebrated cooperative month every October.
He said the House of Representatives, through the
House Committee on Cooperatives, make it stronger
by passing a law.
Canama said he has
learned that the Senate has
also approved the bill making every October into a cooperative month.
Canama also said that
Congress also passed a law
making mandatory the position of a cooperative officer in every municipality,
city or province.
The Lower House is also
looking for ways on how to
extend help to the community,
In the Cebu City Government, there is a special body
called Cebu City Cooperative Development Council
(CCCDC) but there is no cooperative office, hence, there
is no cooperative officer.
Canama said the cooperative officer is now a mandatory position in the Local Government Unit (LGU) to
supervise and help a cooperative to grow.
In the House Committee on Cooperatives, it organized forums on how to improve the cooperatives.
Canama noted that the
Authority (CDA) said there
are more or less 27,000 registered coops in the entire
country. However, because
some of them are micro, the
active ones in operation are
So, there are about
9,000 which are not anymore in operation and cancelled registration.
Canama said he is saddened by the fact that of
the 18,000 registered active coops, about 8,000
only have Certificate of Tax
Exemption (CTE) from the
Bureau of Internal Revenue
(BIR) so there are about
10,000 which did not avail
of the tax exemption as embodied in the 1987 Constitution.
Canama initiated meetings with the CDA and BIR.
The BIR listened to their
issues and concerns, and
has a commitment to help.
There are now several cooperatives which will receive
CTEs after long delay of its
There are still cooperatives which said that it is
difficult to secure CTE. He
thanked BIR for solvingf
the issue and finally solving the problem. ELIAS O.