Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest

by NATCCO (National Confederation of Cooperatives)
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Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest

These days can be consider as our darkest period. Facing the course of pandemic since early 2020 up to present caused a drastic change to our manner of living. Accustomed tasks has been changed differently thus scrutinizing new marketing strategies and programs that will perfectly suit to what we call the “New Normal”.

Despite the pandemic, the Mandaue City Public Market Vendors Multi-purpose Cooperative (MAVENCO) has continued showing our support towards our partner schools. One of which is through distribution of school materials used for modules as well as revisiting all partner schools. In accordance to the IATF guidelines we have started to implement programs such as; conducting various of webinars such as Gender Sensitivity Training, Leadership Training, Internet Addiction, Mental Health Training and others; Limited face to face for a Monthly Theatre Workshop; Online competitions like Leaflets/Poster Making contest and other digital related competitions; and supporting schools during the Brigada Eskwela Campaign. Statistically speaking, as of July 2021 MAVENCO has over 40 partner schools with approximately 15,000 total number of children savings and has garnered over 10 Million pesos worth of savings deposits.

Let us take a trip down memory lane before the pandemic. A drastic increase in savings depositors and their deposits has been observed. The teachers have assisted us in providing trainings to imbibe the Aflatoun program which resulted to a successful implementation in our partner schools. Conducting entrepreneurial trainings and seminars to the youth have been smoothly achieved. The yearly General Assembly and Elections to the Aflatoun members have also been executed. Building rapport towards schools by acknowledging the efforts of teachers, teacher coordinator, and school principal though giving them tokens or certificates during special occasions (like teachers’ day) or even in a random school visit.

For the advancement of the aflatoun program in our cooperative we classified certain programs and activities in the following areas; Basic Life Skills Trainings (e.g. Summer camp, Disaster Risk Reduction Management Training, Basic life support Training and others), Personality Development Trainings (e.g. Teambuilding Activities, Self Awareness, Value Formations, Counselling and others), Digital Trainings (e.g. Basic Photoshop, Photography, Website Development, Excel,  Microsoft and Powerpoint Training) Entrepreneurial Trainings (e.g. Livelihood Trainings, Theater Productions, Aflatoun Garage Store, and others), and Other Activities (Tree Planting, Dance and Singing Workshops, and other seminars). These are our upcoming activities that are facing challenges in being implemented due to the pandemic.

We cannot deny the fact that today’s pandemic is a huge hindrance to our program. It has to be ended soon so that we can move without constraints though we cannot foresee what is coming next, at least we are tough enough to handle the circumstances. Afterwards, MAVENCO is looking forward to the development of our partner schools, teachers, especially to our depositors to become globally competitive and to become model citizens that we can always be proud of. For the massive expansion of the Aflatoun Program by implementing and innovating programs. For intensive partnership of LGU, NGO, DepEd, other cooperatives, and NATCCO to have amicable relationship for the growth and development of Aflatoun as well as the MAVENCO.

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GSAC Aflatoun Day Call 2021
GSAC Aflatoun Day Call 2021

As the world struggle with the extraordinary challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, young people in GSAC are not hindered to make their own way of making a meaning out of the pandemic.

2020 begins with a grateful heart for the youth of Gubat St. Anthony Cooperative (GSAC) by giving back to the elders in the Home for the Aged here in our province. January 4, 2020 marked a memorable activity for our youth because they’ve been a part of the Visitation and Gift-giving Activity for the elders staying at the Home for the Aged. 50 Aflatoun members and GSAC staff participated in the said activity.

The experience was heart-warming both for the children and the elderly. We prepared a short program to entertain them and we brought food that is suitable with their diet. We also donated supplies, electric fans and mattresses that will be useful for them. Through this activity, the children and the elders created new experiences and memories together that will always remind them that they are loved and cared for.

To GSAC’s youth who are plant-usiasts, the Home Gardening Campaign launched by the NATCCO Children and To GSAC’s youth who are plant0usiasts, the Home Gardening Campaign launched by the NATCCO Children and Youth Team is a great opportunity for them to take part in the call for the action to achieve Sustainable Development Goal #13 Climate Action. This is a 10-week home gardening campaign that started on the first week of August and ended in October 2020 wherein two of GSAC’s plant-usiasts joined and accepted the challenge to fight climate change and reaped what they have sowed for winning a consolation prize and the 2nd prize which was awarded last October 19, 2020.

As we are alarmed by the report on increasing percentage of Filipinos experiencing involuntary hunger—mostly children, GSAC answered the call to end hunger and took part in the 10.10 campaign on October 10, 2020, spearheaded by Gawad Kalinga in partnership with NATCCO and other development partners. This campaign was a nationwide simultaneous feeding of 10,000 kids wherein GSAC fed 40 children from our chosen barangay beneficiary. We consider this campaign a meaningful activity to celebrate the cooperative month.

As the saying goes, “Art and young people have always walked hand-in-hand because engaging the youth in the arts can promote positive and powerful social change in different forms.

GSAC youth also believe in this, that’s why they didn’t hesitate to become part of the collaborative vision of our local community and the local talented artists in transforming our coastal road into and art hub for local talented artists. Some of our Aflatoun members joined in this three-day Mural painting activity called Bandal: “Kulay san Gubat” which happened last October 25-25, 2020. Through this activity, they have exhibited their talents and skills that would benefit local tourism and create an avenue for art enthusiasts.

Tapping into our young people’s skills to speak up for climate action, GSAC Youth and Aflatoun members participated in the Online Training of Trainers on Climate Action on Youth last November 25-26, 2020. By this way, we can raise their voices to protect the future of our planet through their participation in addressing climate change.

To meaningfully celebrate our 57th Founding Anniversary last April 8, 2021, we hosted an Online Aflatoun Day Call via Zoom entitled, “Bata, Kumusta Ka sa Panahon ng Pandemya?” The activity aims to connect and listen to our Aflatouners as they share their personal experiences during the pandemic as we find digital platforms as the best channel for the young people in our cooperative to share their voices and highlight their experiences. Though this activity, they inspired each other to deal with the anxiety brought by the fact that they are not allowed to do their usual activities outside and they cannot go to school to study.

Another highlight of GSAC’s Founding Anniversary celebration was the Rondalla performance by the GSAC Rondalla Group composed of Aflatoun members. This group was created through the inspiration of Mr. Delfin and his wife, Ms. Heide. This is a way of celebrating the talents of our youth by showcasing their talents in playing different musical instruments and developing healthy social habits.

Despite of the limitations brought by the pandemic, these are the highlights of our youth’s simple efforts to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others in their own little ways, Aflatoun and Coop Laboratory members of GSAC commits to continue their habit of saving and in believing and developing their talents and skills with the help of their guardian cooperatives. The fire in their hearts will continue to burn as they continue on their journey towards becoming the change they wish to see in the world.

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The most highlighted event of the year is our recently concluded virtual NATCCO Youth Congress 2021 last April 21 & 23 wherein 90 of our Youth Leaders from 33 cooperatives gathered to celebrate the individual and group achievements of the youth in the NATCCO Network across the country. As this is our second time to conduct an online congress, the current pandemic did not hinder us to achieve our objectives with the activities prepared for our delegates. 

We have invited distinguished guests and resource speakers to help inspire and empower our youth Leaders to thrive in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA) World namely, NATCCO Chief Executive Officer Sylvia O. Paraguya; Cooperative Development Authority Visayas Administrator ASec. Vidal Villanueva III; International Cooperative Alliance Vice President of Asia Pacific Ahsan Ali Thakur; Redroot Artists and Artistry MPC's Incumbent Chairperson John Paul Dawn Gonia; NATCCO Diaspora Unit Head Lasalette Gumban and NATCCO Education, Training and Consultancy Group Head Daisybelle M. Cabal.

Habi and Footwear Lifestyle Co-Founder and President Janine Mikaella Chiong and IOL Inc. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gayao shared their expertise on our learning sessions on "Creativity and Motivation: Weaving Your Own Passion" and "Growth Plan: Recovery System and Moving Forward Practices", respectively.

It was also an opportunity for our Aflatoun Partner Cooperatives to share their best practices with the Aflatoun Coordinators Joey Flores Jr. of Most Holy Rosary Multi-Purpose Cooperative from Luzon, Annamar Eparwa of DCCCO from Visayas, and Agnes Jane Equia of Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative from Mindanao.

Lastly, our Congress highlights this year's Youth Committee Election with Nance Regold Micabani of Panabo Multi-Purpose Cooperative being elected as the new NATCCO Youth Board Representative, and Youth Committee Members Sophia Gaboy, Joefhyll Shane Marcos, and Joshua Mandawe. Prior to this, our outgoing 2018-2021 Youth Board Representative, Ronah Marie Kristine Nillos had the chance to also share her experiences and gratitude to the network.

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Paglaum Youth Laboratory Cooperative was created and organized last December 29, 1998 and registered under CDA CGY Recognition No. 0001 making it the first laboratory cooperative organized in the area with an initial 315 members and start-up deposit of Php 67, 993.26. The laboratory cooperative was created to mould the youth as second liners of Paglaum MPC, it specifically serves as a training ground for members in the management and operations of the cooperative. It serves as a venue for teaching the youth the value of saving, thriftiness and financial literacy.

One of the flagship Youth programs of Paglaum is the Aflatoun. It is a school-based savings program that encourages school children to save a portion of their allowance to the cooperative. Paglaum started the implementation of the Aflatoun with 6 partner schools last 2013. Every week, the Aflatoun coordinator will collect their savings and deposit it to their personal account in the cooperative. Through the Aflatoun Program, with 16 partner schools, the total school-based savings amounted to 990,395.50 last school year 2019-2020 alone.

Paglaum MPC serves predominantly rural communities, as the Coop’s tagline goes: “Reaching out to Rural Communities” Aflatoun is one of the programs that Paglaum brought to the rural communities and was received with much warmth by the Schools and Children as it was a great opportunity for them to further learn and grow. Children and teachers are very happy with the Aflatoun program because it allows them to save even without travelling far to the town proper. More than just creating the savings account, the value of saving is always emphasized through regular school visits and engaging activities.

In order to give value and further promote Aflatoun Program, Paglaum initiated several activities for its partner schools. Besides that, the cooperative is also fortunate to be in the loop with national and international organizations that are capable of initiating events which can be done within the community.

Some of the events include: The Aflatoun International Day, Global Money Week, Basic Cooperative Courses, Coop Seminars and Youth Summit. Such exposure has been very helpful in imparting the Advocacy and Values that Paglaum wishes to integrate among its Youth and Aflatoun Savers.

The past year has been very challenging in terms of the implementation of the Aflatoun school visits due to the absence of face-to-face classes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the world was in a standstill, Paglaum Youth Savers continued to reach out to our office requesting for their savings to picked-up. That is why Paglaum Youth Team decided to do a Pick-up Savings so that savers will still be inspired to continue their savings even while they are unable to go to school.

As we all look forward for a brighter and better 2021, the Paglaum Youth Team will continue to innovate and find ways to promote the Aflatoun, together with its other advocacy programs. The present challenges will not bring us down, perhaps it can propel us to even greater heights. As General Manager Gadwin Handumon always say, in vernacular “Handumon nato kanunay adunay Paglaum, (Remember always, there is Hope).”

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Integrity. Resilience. Passion. Guimaras Brethren Multi-Purpose Cooperative’s (GBMPC) Holy Grail in its mission of providing efficient financial and social services to uplift the living conditions of Guimarasnons.

GBMPC just like any other coop has its ups and downs; has been stormed by tempests and storms in its operations but it has stood firm and unwavering. The pillar of integrity was among the most challenging facets that our coop has been beset with. Our maiden voyage embarked in 2008 having 15 Aflatoun partner schools.

It had started smoothly but was not sustained and lied low due to lack of staff to monitor the kiddie savings and program operations. The lack of teacher and school head support were also among the reasons; they had that fear that the coop might go bankrupt since Guimaras Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GMPC) was facing financial issues then before GBMPC took over its operations and eventually changed its name, from GMPC to GBMPC. Having this sad scenario for a starting coop is indeed a struggling jaunt; establishing the coop integrity so as to earn a good credibility from the locals is a sure insurmountable challenge to take.

It took us awhile and in 2012, the program was revived and the coop administration hired an Aflatoun Coordinator with a major responsibility of monitoring the program implementation in schools. It surely had a good leap. After some time, the Aflatoun program o has gained numerous awards and recognition from NATCCO Micoop Special Awards as Youth Serving Cooperative of the Year, both for the Youth Savers and Young People Categories - hailed in the Hall of Fame that has consistently grabbed the awards for five successive years! However, life is not just on the laurels; once again, Aflatoun Program encountered a new challenge on fraud which eventually put the organization on pins and needles where we once again need to fight and establish our image and credibility to win potential members, clients and the acceptance of the community.

However, due to the admin’s quick response, the new coordinator’s proper and close monitoring of the ledger and program operations, it’s not that hard anymore for us to regain stance and eventually gain the community’s trust and confidence once more. Kiddie savers, parents, micro-entrepreneurs and potential savers have patronized the various coop services and even increased its productivity which triggered for the organization to open up new services and offers; catering an array of the locals’ needs.

Through the years, the Aflatoun program has been gaining more attention from its elementary and secondary school partners; increasing memberships and savings of kiddie and youth members. The program has conducted a Aflatoun Youth Camp with the objective of cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset to the youth towards financial literacy. Also, the Aflatoun program conducts training and seminars, gives medals and awards in recognition of the exemplary members at the end of every school year as well as distributing candies during Christmas parties. Also, the cooperative is joining the annual Brigada Eskwela as its response to DepEd’s call of preparing the schools for the opening of classes.

In addition, our kiddie savers are also joining the annual Children’s Month Celebration of the province; we have been very participative in joining government programs and celebrations especially those that are geared towards children’s welfare.

The local government and the Schools Division of Guimaras have been very accommodating and positive towards the Aflatoun Program of GBMPC and have been our strong stakeholders of the program since then.

Presently, the program is being sustained and the staff are passionately and continuously planning for ways and activities that can benefit our kiddie members - the very same passion which is igniting us to always keep our best foot forward in any endeavors we intend to accomplish.

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Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila - Philippines
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Lasalette Gumban
Youth Program Officer
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