When one achieves a feat, it’s sometimes regarded as a stroke of fate, or simply luck. But when one repeats the same feat, it brings with it a validation that the achiever is really good, and is capable of doing it repeatedly because of that attribute.
Such is what the Ayala Coop just showed when it captured for the second straight year the three major awards being given during the annual KoopBida Awards, the seventh, that was held this year by the Makati Cooperative Development Office at the I M Hotel along Makati Avenue in Makati City last October 26.
The Coop garnered first place among billionaire coops as the best-performing cooperative in terms of growth in total assets and in terms of growth in membership, and was also the best-performing cooperative with “nationwide concern for the community.”
The Coop earned the distinction for growth in total assets with a hefty 20 percent increase in that category to P2.74 billion in 2017. It was also recognized for an increase in membership through a 12 percent rise in that department to 33,618 as of the end of 2017, and was honored for its extensive, consistent pursuit of various advocacies in the field of education through such programs as the school kits, the Brigada Eskwela and toy library, Learning English Through Stories or L.E.T.S. Read Program, and the Affordable Private Education Center or APEC scholarship as well as other corporate social responsibility programs like its annual bloodletting activities, donations to disaster victims, Caritas and Centex, and a venture that intends to help the farming sector through the Corporate Rice Farming Program where it serves as middleman between farmers and institutions that buy the former’s produce.
Vivian Gabriel, officer in charge of the Makati Cooperative Development Office, Cooperative Development Council of Makati Chairperson Vissia Marie Aldon, Cooperative Development Authority Acting Director Atty. Frederick Joe Robles, and Makati Congressman (2nd District) Luis Campos Jr. helped hand out the awards to the Coop, which was represented by General Manager Dina Orosa, Chief Finance Officer Jenny Cura, Lenny Sante, Olive Ablaza, Elinor Abellare and Jenifer Luyun.
“Again, these awards prove that our Coop has really established itself as one of the biggest and most efficient cooperatives in the country now,” Ms. Orosa said of the latest awards. “It is a testimony to the hard work of the Ayala Coop team as well as the commitment of its stakeholders led by our directors, members and our Ayala Group HR partners.
“Needless to say, we have to maintain the same commitment to enable the Coop to keep its lofty place in the country’s coop firmament. I’m quite optimistic that such a commitment will continue given our people’s culture and sense of ownership.”
“These awards are a testament to the hard work, perseverance and dedication of the Ayala Coop team,” Ms. Cura, meanwhile, declared. “This wouldn’t be possible without the trust and support of our members and the Board of Directors.”
The Coop’s CFO noted the Coop’s special regard for its CSR commitment makes the award even more gratifying. “We take special pride for consistently being recognized for our efforts in our service to the community,” she said. “This fuels our passion even more for helping not just our members but also the underprivileged sectors of society.”