Old Sta. Mesa Multipurpose Cooperative

Interview conducted by: Anna Mariel Parinas January 30, 2008

From:Old Sta. Mesa Multipurpose Cooperative

Mr. Irene

1.) Question: -How can non-members apply for membership in your Co-op?

-Incase they’ve been a member, what are the rights as a member?

-Having the rights correspond responsibilities, what are the responsibilities assigned being a member of the coop?

Answer from Mr. Irene:

“Anybody wishing to apply as member shall be accepted if he/she has attended the orientation and paid the initial subscription (for the associate members). For the regular members, membership is by invitation.”

Reflection: We’ve learned that if we want to be a member of the coop, we are given he chance. In other word membership in a cooperative is open and voluntary as long as she/he attended the orientation conducted by the coop. That is for the associate member. And for a regular member the coop will sent an invitation asking him/her to be a regular member. 

2.) Questions: -How do you conduct an election in this Co-op?

-How do you keep the unity inside this coop despite of being democratically controlled by members?

Answer from Mr. Irene:

“After the general assembly election is conducted on secret balloting by the election committee, anything that the members were disagreed on shall be settled through majority rule.”

Reflection: The election in a coop is like a simple government election. Every member except the associate members can vote who they want to vote. But the policy is “one person-one vote”. So every regular member can vote only one officer. As Mr. Irene told us, “After the general assembly election was conducted on a secret balloting by the election committee, anything that the members have disagreed on shall be settled through majority rule.” It means that they will organize a meeting and talk about the problem about the election, and the majority’s decision shall be followed.

3.) Questions: -How do your members participate economically? 

-Where did this coop get their resources? Do you acquire from outside resources such as donations, etc.

-When we talk of share capital, how do you manage the capital of this coop?

Answer from Mr. Irene:

Members contribute to the capital and deposits to the coop. Members also avail of the loan and other services such as Western Union. The coop also accepts donations from NGO and other cooperatives.

Reflection: Every member of the cooperative contributed a share capital. They will deposit it to the coop so that they can avail services in the coop such as loan and other services. Like other cooperatives who accepts donations from outside resources, this coop also accepts donations from NGO and other coops.

4.) Question: -How do you manage your relationship with other organizations?

Answer from Mr. Irene

The coop is affiliated with federations like NATCCO and FPSDC the coop acquire or get funds from this coop like loan.

Reflection: Sir Irene’s Coop is related to some secondary coops such as NATCCO and FPSDC. He also told us that as their secondary coop, they acquire or get funds from this coop. Loan is an example of fund they get from this coop. This is how this coop related to other organizations.

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