Cooperative Information System Launched Nationwide in the Philippines

Cooperative Information System Launched Nationwide in the Philippines

cisIn December, after more than a year of preparation and programming, CHF International and the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) of the Philippines, in partnership with Accenture, a global management, consulting, and technology services company, launched the Cooperative Information System (CIS).

CHF International has been working with the CDA through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported Innovating, Measuring, and Promoting Poverty Alleviation through Cooperatives in Transition Societies (IMPPACTS) program to improve its ability to monitor and regulate active credit and non-credit cooperatives throughout the country. The creation of the CIS is vital in the CDA’s efforts to strengthen cooperatives in the Philippines.

The CIS was designed as a web-based database so that it can be accessed in real time at any of the CDA’s 15 Extension Centers throughout the country.In addition, the Cooperative Annual Performance Report (CAPR) System, which contains current information on each cooperative’s annual organizational and financial status, will be integrated into the CIS.

Prior to the implementation of the CIS, the CDA had no way of monitoring cooperatives and little accurate information existed to measure their performance. Today, the more than 20,000 operating cooperatives in the Philippines now have standards to measure their performance, allowing them to further strengthen their attributes and turn their weaknesses into strengths.