LANDBANK honors outstanding cooperatives and SMEs
The Land Bank of the Philippines honored recently the country's outstanding agri and non-agri based cooperatives and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in its annual Gawad sa Pinakatatanging Kooperatiba (Gawad PITAK) and Gawad Entrepreneur, respectively, in ceremonies in Malacanang.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Finance Secretary and LANDBANK Chairman Gary B. Teves, Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, Partylist Representative Ernesto C. Pablo and LANDBANK President and CEO Gilda E. Pico handed the trophies to leaders of cooperatives and SMEs in major categories.
The Gawad PITAK, now on its 17th year, is a much-coveted award for LANDBANK-assisted cooperatives nationwide. The Gawad Entrepreneur, meanwhile, is LANDBANK's recognition of the exemplary performance and significant achievements of SMEs particularly in harnessing economic development in the community. Now on its fourth year, the award seeks to provide SMEs with incentives to further improve their operations to be at par with international standards.
"LANDBANK's Gawad PITAK and Entrepreneur have become the bars of excellence for coops and SMEs. Through these recognitions, we pay homage to the men and women who are LANDBANK's partners in revitalizing rural economic growth," Pico said.
This year's winners under the Gawad Entrepreneur are:
Entrepreneur of the Year - Buddys Restaurant of Lucena City, Quezon;
Agri-based Category - Sto. Nino Furniture and Sash Factory of Sta. Rosa, Gamu, Isabela;
Non-agri-based Category - Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology, Inc. of Tacurong City, Koronadal, South Cotabato; and
Special Citation (Bagong Bayani OFW Award) Flor-San's Handicrafts of Paete, Laguna.
Under the Gawad PITAK agri based category, winners are the following with their respective prizes in the form of fixed assets:
1st Place - United Workers Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Isabela City, Basilan; P500,000;
2nd Place - Masisit Dacal Livelihood Cooperative in Masisit, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan; P400,000;
3rd Place - Cavite Farmers Feedmilling and Marketing Cooperative in Silang, Cavite; P300,000;
4th Place - San Joaquin Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte; P200,000; and
5th Place - Tupi Integrated Agricultural Cooperative in Lower Tupi, South Cotabato; P100,000.
Winners under the non-agri based category were:
1st Place - Apung Monica de Minalin Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Minalin, Pampanga; P 300,000;
2nd Place - Ligas Kilusang Bayan sa Pagpapaunlad in Guiguinto, Bulacan; P250,000;
3rd Place - La Castellana I Personnel Multi-Purpose Cooperative in La Castellana, Negros Occidental; P200,000; and
4th Place - San Dionisio Credit Cooperative in Para?e, Metro Manila; P150,000.
Cooperatives Sts. Peter and Paul Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Hinunangan, Southern Leyte and St. Jude Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Cotta, Lucena City were also conferred the Ginintuang Gawad PITAK. Both received P1 million worth of fixed assets.
This year's board of judges for the Gawad PITAK is chaired by the chairmen of the Upper and Lower House Committees on Cooperatives then Senator Alfredo S. Lim and Representative Ernesto C. Pablo.
Other members of the panel are: Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman, Cooperative Development Authority Chairman Lecira Juarez, Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas Chair Annie Cynthia Corpin, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines President Dr. Dante Guevarra.
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