CDA promotes “koopkapatid” helping scheme

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb. 7 (PIA) -- The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) is pushing for the “koopkapatid” program or big brother helping small brother cooperative partnership to level up and boost the cooperative movement.


The “koopkapatid” scheme is a collaborative effort of CDA with agencies that have programs focused on coops such as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to strengthen micro-coops graduate into small coop category, said Leticia Cayanos of CDA-CAR.

For the DAR-CDA program, it links big brother helping small brother cooperatives to further the growth of the coop sector thru more intensive partnership, collaboration, creative cooperation and advocacy. The intention is not to compete but to strengthen the operations of primary coops.

The idea is for big brother coops to serve as mentor and the small brother as mentee willing to undergo on-the-job training to learn skills they need in managing their coops and observe and replicate practices of big brothers.

Mentors can also offer keen advices and insights on cost reduction, help in establishing organizational and operations systems, sharing of best practices among others.

Cayanos bared that there are a total of 988 registered coops of which only about 652 or 66 percent are compliant. Most of these coops (225) are located here in the province with 118 belonging to micro-coop category.

Based on CDA records, assets for small coop is  P15 million and below, medium is P100M and below while large coop  is P100M and above.

Of the registered coops in CAR, 45 percent belong to the micro-coop category meaning they have assets P3 million and below. Only five percent are large coops while medium and small are 31percent and 19 percent, respectively.

Coops are helpful to many people because of the services they provide which  are useful in the lives of members and the community. In many cases especially in the rural areas, parents are able to send their children to college, build their houses  or start their businesses or livelihood thru the loans  from cooperatives. Susan C. Aro (JDP/SCA-PIA -CAR, Benguet)


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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