CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, Sept. 28 (PIA) – As the country will celebrate National Cooperative Month this October, the Isabela Provincial Cooperative Development Office (IPCDO) will lead the celebration of cooperative month in Isabela province.
Provincial Cooperative Development Officer Lilia Castillo said that annually the province of Isabela through the IPCDO in partnership with other government agencies and cooperatives in the province join the nation in celebrating cooperative month with this year’s theme “Amidst the Pandemic, Stand for Resiliency, Strive for Resiliency.”
Castillo said that this year’s celebration is different from the past celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic where health and safety protocols will be properly observed and implemented to avoid the COVID-19 infection.
She said that a bloodletting activity will be conducted on October 1, 2020 where each Local Government Unit is enjoined to observe social distancing and the wearing of face mask and face shield.
“The bloodletting activity aims to support the Department of Health(DOH) in ensuring that patients, especially those confirmed of COVID-19 have access to safe blood which is an essential life saving resource,” Castillo.
She said that on October 12 – 16, a webinar series will also be participated by cooperatives in the province, focusing the cooperatives’ plight under new normal and enhancing coop’s resiliency amidst the pandemic.
She said the highlight of the celebration is the implementation of Isabela – Recovery Initiatives to Support Enterprises (I – RISE) where the Provincial Government of Isabela allotted P70 million for a month -long distribution of support to cooperatives, associations, tricycle operators and drivers associations, and the informal sector of the economy who were greatly affected by the OVID-19 pandemic were provided additional funds in a flexible loan terms and grants.
Meanwhile, the Prov’l Youth Cooperative Development Council with the assistance from IPCDC, will also also implement Project Timba on October 9-10 wherein the project is anchored on three pillars of sustainable development goals and nine youth centers participation.
The project Timba is a package of basic needs composed of health, education, and environment kits to the council’s adopted schools.
Castillo said the Search for best Youth Project/Business Proposal will also be conducted during the duration of the celebration next month. (BME/MGE – PIA – 2/Isabela)