Cooperatives in the Socio- Economic Development of the Philippines
10th Asia Pacific Cooperative Ministers’ Conference on April 18-21, 2017 in Hanoi, Vietnam
The Philippines had recently celebrated the centennial of cooperatives (1915-2015). The celebration highlighted the progress cooperatives had achieved in the last 100 years and the direction it shall go through in the next millennium.
This paper presents, in brief the portion of the progress of cooperatives, in particular a) the role cooperatives play in the Philippine socio-economic system, b) the contribution of cooperatives in achieving sustainable development goals, and c) the partnership between the government and cooperative stakeholders in the promotion of cooperatives.