PARTY-LIST SOLON URGED TO MAKE COOPS STRONGER
ROXAS CITY, CAPIZ — A party-list congressman has urged Capizeños to strengthen their cooperatives in the province.
Rep. Rico Geron of the Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines (AGAP) said that cooperatives in Capiz lack knowledge on how to sustain the group.
He also lamented the lack of capital and cooperation among its members.
Geron, who spoke during the Cooperatives Seminar for Farmers at Lawaan Gym on Oct 21, lauded the Tapaz Multipurpose Cooperatives for producing some 50 metric tons of corn which was sold to Soro-soro Ibaba Development Cooperatives (SIDC) in Batangas for the amount of P1.5-million.
Geron urged farmers to follow the Tapaz cooperatives because the latter were able to sustain their groups.
Aside from being a party-list representative, Geron is the chief executive officer of SIDC in Batangas which has an asset of more than P3-billion.
“Our vision is to duplicate in Roxas City the success stories of SIDC in improving the farmers' livelihood,” Geron stressed.
On the other hand, businessman Donnel San Antonio thanked the farmers who came to the cooperatives’ seminar.
"In unity, there is strength; this is the spirit we would like to share to our local farmers," said San Antonio, president of the Rotary Club of Metro Roxas.
San Antonio, who is an accountant by profession, encouraged the local farmers and their cooperatives to benefit from the "spirit of cooperative movement" by joining SIDC.
"Our farmers must be members of the biggest agri-based Cooperative in the Philippines like SIDC to help them finance and grow their crops and profit from their livestock," he said.
SIDC is a Batangas-based, billion-peso cooperative with 30,000 members across the country.
Led by SIDC Regional Manager Vivian Allanares, the seminar was attended by some 180 members of various local cooperatives in Roxas City and Maayon and Tapaz towns, all of Capiz.
The farmers’ seminar was supported by City Agriculturist Annabelle Albay, City Veterinarian Roberto Dante Corros, Mrs. Jocelyn Asis, chief of Brgy. Lawaan, Lawaan Barangay Council, and the local media.