Registration of a Primary Cooperative

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Once you have organized your cooperative, your work does not end there. The cooperative now needs a legal personality so that is can do all the acts that a cooperative is supposed to perform. With a legal personality, the cooperative can borrow money, sell its goods and services, deliver goods and enter into all sorts of business transactions. So that your cooperative can do all these, you must register your cooperative. Here is how to do it. WHERE DO YOU REGISTER YOUR COOPERATIVE? The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) is the only government agency mandated to register all types of cooperatives. Its main office is located at 827 Aurora Boulevard, Service Road, Barangay Immaculate Concepcion, Quezon City .

To facilitate the flow of its services, extension offices have been set up. These are located in (a) Dagupan City; (b) Tuguegarao; (c) Baguio City; (d) San Fernando, Pampanga; (e) NCR-Quezon City; (f) Calamba, Laguna; (g) Naga City; (h) Iloilo City; (i) Cebu City (j) Tacloban City; (k) Zamboanga City; (l) Cagayan de Oro City; (m) Davao City; (n) Kidapawan City; (o) Butuan City; and (p) Cotabato City.

Organizing a cooperative can be complex and simple. It requires an understanding of the basic needs of the prospective cooperative members. It demands patience from the organizer who must make the cooperative’s long-term goals and objectives, and its visions a real part of the members’ lives.

But it can be too easy because the Cooperative Code of the Philippines (RA 6938) has devised very clear-cut steps for the cooperative organizer and members. The following are the basic information that the prospective members should understand before organizing a cooperative.

a.There are nine (9) steps suggested in setting up a cooperative.

FIRST. Get organized. You must have at least 15 members to do that. At once determine the common problems you would want solved and the basic needs you would want provided for through a cooperative. You may want to include increasing your production, marketing your produce, credit assistance, power generation, banking or insurance and other similar needs. Determining your problems and needs will also help you classify the kind of cooperative you will be organizing. Even before a cooperative is set up, a dedicated core group people who will do all the organizational and paper works is a must. From this core group, working communities may be formed to set things moving. These committees may include membership, finance, executive, secretariat to name a few.

SECOND. Reserved your proposed cooperative name. Secure and fill up Cooperative Name Reservation Request Form (CNRRF). This must be submitted to CDA Central Office or any of its Extension Office. A reservation fee shall apply.

THIRD. Prepare a general statement called an economic survey. Economic Survey is a general statement describing, among others, the structure and purposes of the proposed cooperative. The structure and actual staffing pattern shall include a bookkeeper. This should indicate the area of operation, the size of membership and other pertinent data in a format provided by the Authority.

FOURTH. Prepare the cooperative’s by-laws. The by-laws contain the rules and regulations governing the operation of the cooperative.

FIFTH. Prepare the articles of cooperation. Mandatory contents of the articles of cooperation are the following:

(a) the name of the cooperative, which must include the word “cooperative”;

(b) the purpose or purposes and scope of business for which the cooperative is to be registered;

(c) the...
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