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SDCC Early Beginnings

The Cooperative endeavor was conceived in May after a visit to SCCD’s Outreach Sites with SCCD friends who occupy key positions in the government health agency encouraging us to organize into a cooperative for a more sustainable approach to helping the poor. What was thought to be only a “Children’s Outreach Ministry” branched into a Consumers Cooperative with registration in the Cooperative Development Authority now under process.

The Sabang Disciples Consumers Cooperative has now 53 official members and with about P90,000.00 in capital, earning a net income for 2009 (June-December) of P14,371.60. Its business ventures – DLA Canteen management, lending services and Coop Grocery , are bringing the Coop funds that support the whole operation and leaving a little for dividend sharing. The registration documents from Cooperative Development Authority is still awaited. A livelihood seminar on Soap-Making and Fabric Conditioner is set on February 7 with Rev. Sonny San Pedro, chairperson of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church as Resource Person.

The Interim Board Members namely

* Mr. Raymond Fauni, chairperson,

* Mr. Angelo Calungin, vice chairperson,

* Ms. Monina Frani, Credit Committee chairperson,

* Ms. Tina Tirona, Membership Committee chairperson and

* Ms. Ney Poculan, interim secretary oversees the affairs of the SDCC.

The Management Staffs that carry on the day to day tasks of the Coop are comprised by

* Pastor Bea Hernandez, General Manager/Pastoral Coordinator,

* Ms. Wilma Pelagio, Treasurer,

* Ms. Rose Tumitit, Bookkeeper and Canteen Staff

* Ms. Susan Mabbatung, Canteen Staff and

* Ms. Linda Fulleros Canteen Staff

A Directorship Seminar of the Board of Directors had been conducted on October 2, 2009 with Ms. Regielyn Catibayan of the Cavite Union of Cooperatives as Resource Person. This then authorizes SDCC to conduct its own Pre-Education Membership Seminar without necessarily the presence of the Municipal Training Officer.