Members of the CENECO Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative were told to give careful attention to the “zero tariffication regime” in the Philippines in 2015 by Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., a press release from his office said.
Gamboa said cooperatives like CEMPCO, however, have mechanisms to empower people to plan for themselves towards self-sufficiency, self-reliance and productive members of society. Cooperatives therefore, not government, empower people to survive the onslaught of foreign competition, the press release said.
He said the primary duty of the government is to provide, a good and enabling environment for private businesses and cooperatives to prosper under a ‘zero tariff regime’ as the aforementioned develop entrepreneurship and provide employment and livelihood to those who are poor, the press release said.
In an integrated global economy, Gamboa also said that only a cooperative as strong and as organized as CEMPCO can “fight to survive” the swipe of imported “cheap” sugar and other products that will soon flood the Negros markets, his press release said.
He also said, there was also an attempt last year by foreign companies to take over the Bacolod City Water District, thus the formation of a Citizens Group “Water Watch”, which he chairs, the press release added.*