REP. BENJAMIN Canama of Coop NATCCO Party-List is happy that President Rodrigo Duterte has
signed into law RA 11535 last
April 13, 2021 mandating
all Local Government Units
(LGUs) to appoint the position of cooperative development officer (CDO).
This means that all municipalities, cities and provinces shall appoint their
respective CDOs, said Rep.
Canama, who hails from Tangub City in Mindanao and
whose roots are in Cebu.
Although Mandaue City
and Cebu City both have
their respective Cooperative
Development Councils (Cebu
City Cooperative Development Council in case of the
City of Cebu), only Mandaue
City has CDO.
Republic Act 11535 has
mandated CDOs to take
charge of the development of
cooperatives registered with
the Cooperative Development
The law provides that the
CDO is tasked primarily of
leading the identification of
groups, sectors, or communities that may be organized into
cooperatives with the objective
to uplift the living condition of
the people, and be the vehicle
in poverty reduction, job creation and socio-economic development of the municipality, city or province.
RA 11535 mandates the
CDO to provide assistance to
prospective cooperatives by
guiding them in the conduct
of pre-registration seminars
on people who want to organize a cooperative.
The CDO shall also provide technical assistance and
other forms of help to enhance cooperative’s viability
as an economic enterprise.
RA 11535 also tasked CDO
to assist cooperatives in the
development and implementation of the risk management
plans and business continuity
plans as a response to anticipated calamities and disasters.
RA 11535 has amended
RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991 and
will be effective 15 days after
its publication in the Official
Gazette or in a newspaper of
general circulation. ELIAS O.