50 active coops thrive in Mt. Province

BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 21 (PIA) -- Cooperatives continue to thrive in the province with at least 50 active coops.

 

Based on the data of the Provincial Cooperatives Office here, the municipality of Bontoc has the highest number with 11 coops followed by the municipalities of Bauko and Sagada with 10 each.  Paracelis has five coops; Barlig - 4; Tadian - 3; Besao, Natonin and Sabangan have two each, and Sadanga has one.

Of the total active cooperatives,  there are six that are classified under large cooperatives with total assets of P50 million-P100M,  seven are classified as  medium cooperative with   assets ranging from  P15M - P50M, while 11  belong to  small cooperative or with total assets of P3M - P15M.

The rest are classified as micro cooperative having assets of P3M and below.

Estrella Africano of the Provincial Cooperatives Office shared that coops have  improved the standard and quality of life of members. Since members have their fixed deposits in the cooperatives, they can easily access loan with minimal annual interest instead of borrowing money from private individuals with high interest.

Some cooperatives also offer loan in terms of appliances, and some even offer housing loan. And when a member dies, a lump sum death aid is also given to immediate family members which is of great help for the bereaved family.

Because of the savings deposit program of the cooperative, members learned how to save, Africano added. Juliet Saley (JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mt. Province)

 

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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.