Cooperatives throughout the archipelago met at the Convention Center in Pili, Camarines Sur from October 22 – 25 2008 for the 9th National Cooperative Summit (NCS).

Organized by the Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC), around 2,000 cooperative heads sought partnership from local and international cooperatives in order to introduce new products and establish trading relations with one another. The summit also discussed the challenges currently faced by cooperatives and searched for the most viable solutions.

According to Mr. Felix Borja, Secretary-General of the Cooperative Union of the Philippines, the theme, “Cooperatives: Breaking Through Barriers and Beyond” is a response to acknowledge and search for solutions regarding the issues cooperatives, both local and international, face today. This goal will become more feasible with the assistance and cooperation of policy makers.

NCS secretary Daniel Ang added that the Summit wishes to give recognition to the achievements made by cooperatives through their innovation in the realm of management, government, and enterprise.

The event was sponsored by Land Bank of the Philippines, Peace and Equity Foundation, Metro South Cooperative Bank, AMKOR Tech Phils Employees Cooperative, Ating Koop Party List, National Cooperative Movement, Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines, National Confederation of Cooperatives, and Nationlink. thanks its following sources:

Ang Budyong. (Vol. 2 Series 01) In .PDF Format entitled Official Publication of the 9th National Cooperative Summit – March – April 2008 Retrieved October 27, 2008

Manila Bulletin. Coop summit leaders seek policy, program reforms (p. B-11) Published October 21, 2008

Naga City Official Website. Coops to hold national summit in Naga Retrieved October 27, 2008

Naga City Official Website. Bicol to host 9th Nat’l Cooperative Summit Retrieved October 27, 2008

Philippine Star, The.Co-op leaders push 17-pt agenda for development Retrieved October 27, 2008