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UNC, CDA ink MOA for Coop Laws Awareness

by | May 3, 2024 | Updates

To strengthen the partnership for the implementation of the CDA Laws Awareness Program (CLAP), the University of Nueva Caceres through President Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya and the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) represented by Undersecretary Joseph Encabo formally signed a Memorandum of Agreement on May 3, 2024, Friday at the University of Nueva Caceres, Naga City.

Undersecretary Joseph Encabo led the signing of the MOA that aims to establish linkages with the academe and other institutions, local and international, for education, training, and research for cooperatives (Sec. 4 (gg) of RA 11364), through its innovative program dubbed CDA Laws Awareness Program (CLAP).

Emphasizing the role of UNC and CDA as instruments of public service, USec Encabo said  “To partner with the Law School of the University is to immerse our Law students and have the opportunity to appreciate what cooperativism is about. It is not just a movement, but the underlying principles that are being observed and being embraced by more than 12 million Filipinos who are members of these cooperatives, with 21,000 registered cooperatives under CDA.”

“We want the law schools here in our country to know what are the existing cooperative laws. We want our Law students to be part of this adjudication, this mediation, this alternative dispute resolution, we want them to be part of that exposure,” he added. Through the CLAP, CDA envisions to include Cooperative Laws to be part of the electives in law school; and as part of the Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP) under the Revised Law Student Practice Rule.

University President Dr. Fay Lea Patria Lauraya expressed her commitment to forging strong partnerships with the Cooperative Development Authority, anchored on UNC as an Outcome Based Education (OBE) leader in the Bicol region, “Part of the ingredient of the OBE system is a service learning program. Our students’ experience will not just be compliant within the four corners of the classroom, but we would like to embrace the communities, the local government units, the barangays, and partner public agencies as an extension of the learning laboratories of our students. Therefore, we look at the knowledge of the University as a gift, a gift that we can use as a solution to address community problems.”

Dr. Lauraya further highlighted that beyond entrepreneurship as a personal advocacy, the partnership embraces the UNC School of Law for a greater understanding of the rights of those people who would like to progress economically using the platform of cooperativism.

“Rest assured, USec Encabo, that the University of Nueva Caceres, both on a personal and professional, as well as its meaning as a University in terms of its motto, will bring the University closer to the communities through this partnership. With greater understanding of the law, there will also be greater economic and human rights progress,” President Fay said in closing.

Also in attendance in the Ceremonial MOA Signing are the Acting Regional Director of CDA Region V Atty. Emilio Escueta III; Chief of Legal Section CDA ROV Atty. Myk Xavier Albao; UNC School of Law Assistant Dean Atty. Lawrence Felix Garcia representing SoL Dean Atty. Antonio Rivero; CLEP Adviser Atty. Eljay Jose Barrameda; and UNC Institutionalized Community Extension Services (UNC-ICES) Director Francisca Sabdao. The Ceremonial MOA Signing has been witnessed by CDA Region V personnel, UNC Law students, and personnel.

CDA Region V Acting Regional Director Atty. Emilio Escueta III delivered his Closing Message sharing his gratitude for the successful MOA Signing.  Jon Andrei Banday, CDS II, served as the Master of Ceremonies. (by Czarina Joy Arevalo)

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