BMPC Extends help Amid COVID-19 by Judith Longid

The essence of a cooperative is seen during times of needs and emergencies.

At the height of covid-19 lockdown, DAR-assisted Bulanao Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BMPC), an emerging cooperative in the city of Tabuk, Kalinga came to the rescue.

From its community development fund (CDF), the coop was able to provide assistance to members, front liners and households of Bulanao, Tabuk City.

Aside from members’ assistance amounting to Php500 each member,  the coop donated 40 cavans of rice weighing 25 kilos each, 2 cavans brown sugar equivalent to 100 kilos, 2 boxes sardines, 2 boxes corned beef, 1 box powdered milk to brgy. Bulanao for distribution to households. The coop also provided 225 bottles mineral water and assorted vegetables to BLGU front liners in Bulanao, Tabuk City all worth 52,000.00

BMPC also donated Php3000 to the City Cooperative and Livelihood Office to augment LGU assistance to the city in aid of  to covid-19.

BMPC has an asset of Php57, 579, 201.50 as of December 31, 2019. Looking back, they started with 36 cooperators in September 3, 1992, now with 946 regular members. The services includes lending and trading and they are also venturing into nursery. BMPC is not just a mere cooperative. It is very active in supporting pro-environmental activities like clean up drives, tree planting, brigade eskwela and medical missions.

BMPC is an active cooperative and was awarded as the second placer in the provincial search for best performing medium cooperative category for the year 2018 in the province of Kalinga.

One reason why the national government mandated DAR and other line agencies to organize farmer cooperatives is highlighted during pandemics, calamities and even during times a community is in the face of struggles and conflicts.

Hail to cooperatives and to all frontliners!