MINDSET FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
From a local co-op, it has evolved into a global cooperative training and development center with more than 227 member co-ops nationwide.
VICTO National is the abridged name of VICTO National Cooperative Federation and Development Center. Its beginnings can be traced to the work of the Scarboro Missionaries in Southern Leyte in the 70’s. The Canadian priests were familiar with the Antigonish cooperative model having learned it from the Coady Institute of the St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia in the eastern coast of Canada.
When the Scarboros set foot in Hinundayan, Southern Leyte 42 years ago, they were appalled by widespread poverty. Realizing that their spiritual mission cannot be achieved without attending to the temporal needs of the people, they set up the parish program, “Saving Souls the Credit Union Way.”
The parish program is the seed of VICTO National. From a local co-op, it has evolved into global cooperative training and development center with more than 227 direct and active co-op affiliates. Its aggregate assets is upwards of PHP 9 Billion and counts at least 500,000 individual members comprising of farmers, fishermen, students, housewives, professional, entrepreneurs, vendors and indigenous peoples.
Such diversity in membership disperses the benefits of cooperation to practically the whole gamut of society, making the federation an important catalyst for social change and economic reform in the Philippines.
VICTO National 48th Annual Gen. Meeting & National Convention
The theme of the International Day of Cooperatives 2020 is COOPERATIVES FOR CLIMATE ACTION. We are inviting the global cooperative community to continue pushing for actions that will address climate change. This critical situation is putting lives and livelihoods at risk, disrupting vital ecosystems for people and the planet.
“Our common home is in danger. There are methods of production and consumption that are constantly attacking the environment. We don’t have much time to reverse this situation. We must act now, with our values and principles, to demonstrate on a global scale that it is possible to develop an economy with social inclusion and protection of natural resources,” said Ariel Guarco, President of the International Cooperative Alliance. Read more.
After a national poll, we regret to postpone this as we are all looking so very eagerly to celebrating 50 years of excellence and community service.
but....real life happens, as they say. Stay safe everyone, do your share and see you soon!