SENATE Bill No. 1807, or the Co-operative Month Bill, was approved by the Senate on third and final reading on Monday, September 14, 2020. The bill declares October of every year as the National Co-operative Month.
“By practice, our co-operatives have already been celebrating Co-operative Month every October,” said Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, author of the bill. He chairs the Senate Committee on Cooperatives.
“What we’re doing with this bill is recognizing that practice and making it official, so we can further promote cooperativism on a national level.”
The bill has historical antecedents in the Executive. In 1982, former President Ferdinand Marcos issued Proclamation No. 2238, declaring October 16 to November 15 of every year as Co-operative Month. This was then superseded in 2004, when former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Proclamation No. 493, declaring October 2004 and every year thereafter as Co-operative Month.
“National Co-operative Month is about celebrating and acknowledging the co-operative sector’s significant contributions to the country,” Zubiri said.
“Mula sa pag-ahon ng marami nating kababayan mula sa kahirapan, sa pagbuo ng matibay na komunidad, at pagpapalago ng ating mga kabuhayan, hindi maikakaila na malaki ang kontribusyon ng mga kooperatiba sa ating bansa [From the rise out of poverty of many of our people, to their building of strong communities, and the growth of our economy, the big contribution of cooperatives to our country cannot be denied].”
“This bill is our small gift to the sector that has given so much to the country throughout the years.”