The Boholano concept of dajong is what cooperativism is all about. It is about how people can gather and be able to help one another to achieve a common goal.
Cabinet Sec. Leoncio Evasco Jr. was the keynote speaker on the second day of the 3rd Central Visayas Cooperative Congress at the Bohol Tropics.
The dajong concept may be a Boholano brand, but it is something that is being done in other places.
The idea of cooperativism and ensuring no one gets left behind will be the stabilizing force that will push the country forward.
Evasco, who used to be a mayor of Maribojoc town, said cooperatives have a huge role to play in nation building and also in helping people uplift their lives.
Meanwhile, COOP-NATCCO party list representative Rep. Sabilano Canama updated the members of cooperatives in Central Visayas about the key legislations related to coops pending in Congress.
The hottest one is the proposal to remove the VAT exemption of coops as part of the tax reform measures being pushed by the Duterte administration.
The measure was removed at the level of the Lower House, but there is a certain degree of uncertainty since the measure is being tackled at the Senate.
Canama rallied the members of cooperatives to actively lobby for the measures that will help the cooperative industry in the Philippines.