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COOP Colloquium

Deepening the Cooperative Identity: A Collection of 21st Century Stories of Filipino Cooperatives


24th February 2021 | Thursday

11:30 – 12:30 Indian Standard Time (GMT + 5:30)




International Cooperative Alliance Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP) Committee on Cooperative Research (CCR) has launched COOP Colloquium with the aim to start an academic dialogue on issues that are relevant to cooperative education and research. The experience of cooperative scholarship across the Asia and Pacific region is rich & diverse and ICA-AP CCR would like to bring these together in COOP Colloquium to share, inform and learn. Each iteration will focus on a theme, present different perspectives and have a colloquium. Digital and social media platforms will be used to promote COOP Colloquium and have a conversation around cooperative education and research. 


The 1st iteration of COOP Colloquium will focus on the theme, ‘Deepening the Cooperative Identity.’ Union of Metro Manila Cooperatives (UMMC) and Bayan Academy from the Philippines, in its aim to further deepen the understanding and appreciation of the Cooperative Identity as well as to promote the sector’s significant contributions to national development particularly in the areas of poverty alleviation, community building, social justice, and economic growth, will discuss about its book – Deepening the Cooperative Identity: A Collection of 21st Century Stories of Filipino Cooperatives.


Marrying theory, principles, and real-life experiences – Deepening the Cooperative Identity contains 25 evidence-based case studies narrating the best practices of some of the  most successful cooperative enterprises. It also contains thought pieces from 12 of the most respected cooperative movement leaders in the country. The collection shows how cooperative ideologies, values, and principles can – and should – serve as a guideline for a successful cooperative enterprise. More than success stories, the case studies and stories in the collection are intended to be used as UMMC’s learning materials for the most comprehensive training program on cooperative values and principles up to date in the country.


Through this publication, UMMC and Bayan Academy hope to inspire the readers to go back to the core of the cooperative ideological framework. Deepening the Cooperative Identity challenges its readers to deliver the cooperative paradigm the Philippines has long aspired for: to be a major tool for poverty reduction through the collective empowerment and cooperation of its members.


Tentative Agenda





Rev. Fr. Antonio Cecilio Tuason Pascual more popularly known as Fr. Anton is a Catholic priest, cooperative leader and social entrepreneur. He is the present chairperson of Union of Metro Manila Cooperatives and concurrently the governing board member of Philippine Cooperative Center and Cooperative Union of Taguig and Pateros. In the cooperative federations, he is chairperson of notable secondary business cooperatives such as Metro South Cooperative Bank and 1 Cooperative Insurance Systems of the Philippines. His primary affiliations likewise include leadership positions in Simbayanan ni Maria Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SMMPC), Solidaritas Credit Cooperative, and Caritas Labora Workers Cooperative. 




We invite participants to join us for the 1st iteration of COOP Colloquium and share initiatives around cooperative scholarship. Participants are invited to register at www.bit.Iy/35U1NIY. An invitation with Zoom link will follow.


About the Organisers


ICA-AP Committee on Cooperative Research (CCR) was established in the year 2000 to promote and support the initiation and furtherance of research activities within cooperatives and research organizations at regional, national and local levels, to enhance their social and economic effectiveness. It has members working in the field of research and academia and those in the member organisations of the ICA-AP. During its 22 years of existence, it has organized several regional research conferences and local seminars. 


Union of Metro Manila Cooperatives (UMMC) serves as the lead cooperative tertiary union in the National Capital Region (NCR) in the Philippines.  It is home to a vast network of more than a dozen secondary cooperative unions with membership influence of 500 primaries. UMMC aims to be champion in the revitalization of the co-op union system through education, training and policy engagements. 


Bayan Academy, through the Bayan Innovation Group (BIG), aims to be the leading think tank of social entrepreneurship in the country. BIG aims to consolidate Bayan Academy’s wealth of knowledge resources and transform these into digital learning innovations. Part of what BIG does is to use research and turn them into meaningful insights that could be used by leaders to deepen their social impact and contribute to inclusive nation building. 


Event start date:
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Event end date:
Thursday, February 24, 2022