The partnership program between the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines (“The Academy”) was launched at the National Tripartite Conference for Cooperative Development held September 20-22, 2017 in Iloilo City.
Through Business Continuity Management (BCM), the partnership program helps cooperatives be better prepared and more resilient to business disruptions brought about by natural and human induced hazards.
Cooperatives are instruments of social justice and economic development. The government expect them to contribute to rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth; financial inclusion; and poverty reduction.
As of 2016, there are about 26,592 registered cooperatives in the Philippines. From reports submitted by 9,432 cooperatives to CDA, they have a total of 7.647 million members, an aggregate asset of Php 291.801 billion, and Php 66.705 billion gross income.
Melissa Domingo (picture), the Academy’s Program Manager for BCM talked about the partnership program, focusing on the importance of getting cooperatives up and running immediately after a disaster. She stressed on the significant role of cooperatives and how stopping operations affects their members who would be especially needing their services right after a disaster strikes.
“Co-ops have demonstrated capacity to build resilient and sustainable communities. The partnership between the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines and the Cooperative Development Authority is a great resource for co-ops with the joint BCM program. It will help prepare co-op businesses to be up and running after occurrence of natural, manmade and technological disruptions,” said Mercedes Castillo, CDA Administrator.
Blended learning (combination of online and face-to-face modules) on BCM customized for cooperatives are being developed. These will help strengthen the capacity of cooperatives on BCM, incorporating their existing emergency plans. The online modules will be made available on Kaya, the Academy’s learning platform.
Other learning courses for cooperatives will be developed and/or contextualized in response to needs identified in an online survey conducted by the Academy and CDA earlier this year. These include:
- Volunteer Essentials for Cooperatives. Given the service nature of the cooperatives, this course introduces learners to common principles and universal minimum standards in delivering quality humanitarian response, and the local framework and systems in disaster risk reduction and management in the Philippines.
- Self-Paced Learning for Cooperatives that will feature:
- Finance for Non-Finance Managers. This is a series of learning modules to build skills in financial management for non-finance managers.
- Coaching and Mentoring for cooperatives and Cooperative Development Specialists. This course helps identify core skills and principles in coaching and mentoring, steps involved in coaching conversations and how to apply these in humanitarian practice.
- Wellness and Resilience pathway. This focuses on the wellness and resilience of humanitarian actors, and includes modules on Psychological First Aid.
- Management Essentials for cooperatives and those working in the coop sector covers the core competencies for managers; managing others; and managing humanitarian response, among others.
Led by Interim Learning Lead Louie John Aguila, the Academy’s booth at the conference gave participants a chance to register and check out courses already available on Kaya. The conference was organized by the Liga ng mga Cooperative Development Officers ng Pilipinas, Government of Iloilo and the Cooperative Development Authority.
For more information, contact Lisa Santos, Chief Cooperative Research, Information and Training Division, at +63 9399360733, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or Mary Ann Llanza, Communications Specialist, Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines at +63 9155894790, e-mail: m.llanza@Humanitarian.Academy