While we continue to hope and aspire for a more cohesive cooperative movement in our country, I cannot help, but be concerned of the growing constraint in attaining this dream.
I have received information from reliable sources that some of our secondary or coop federations are mulling over the idea of embarking into ventures that would directly compete with the business of primary cooperatives.
This is unproductive and unacceptable.
I am worried because it has come to my attention that these federations are now raring to aggressively go into businesses that will directly compete with their members or other coops.
In fact, according to a source, some of these federations will soon go into insurance business.
Certainly, this situation does not enhance unity. This is anathema to cooperativism and would become a big setback to the progress that we have attained so far; to become one, strong coop movement.
I understand the difficulty of merging or consolidating, but this should not be made a reason to compete with one another. After all, we can go into partnership or forge a relationship within the ambit of unity.
Our coop federations must have known better. I do wonder and that is why it’s a big wonder why some of them are now excited to compete with their members.
These federations should go back to their mandates. They should instead focus their effort into giving services to their members, like education, advises and guidance.
In fact, with the ASEAN Economic Integration, coop federations should lead the way for a more united coop sector to wither the challenges brought about by this economic setup.
This in fact is a clear and greater challenge that ought to pre-occupy our coop federations if they are worthy to become a such. Moreso, if they are genuinely concerned with their members who are they reasons for their existence.
That is their mandate.
THE CLIMBS Journal
Volume 1 Number 29
July – September 2015 Issue