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
ICA Global Conference
The registrations for the ICA Global Conference 'Cooperative for Development' in Kigali, Rwanda (October 14-17, 2019) are now open. Please register yourself and find out more about the exciting sessions planned for your participation!
The 2020 National GAD Summit theme “Co-ops Flexing Resiliency through Gender and Youth” #coopgadflex now calls on co-ops to go a notch higher in meeting the challenge of the UN SDGs by highlighting and flexing how co-ops—with their dual socio-economic role and nature—have the structure, resources, as well as principles and values to be resilient organizations which can address different issues confronting their membership, with impact at the community to the national level. And by being gender-fair organizations involving the youth in development, the co-ops become even better. Likewise, co-ops can motivate other co-ops and organizations to work on issues besetting society, more particularly climate change and environmental degradation. It is imperative to address these concerns promptly as the lives of the cooperatives and their members, which are inextricably linked together, may be affected. Read more.