Davao City – DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman will be here in the city on Friday, May 2, to attend the 45th Coop Leaders’ Congress and 40th MASS-SPECC General Assembly at the SMX Convention Center, Lanang Davao City.

After which, the Secretary will then proceed to the Grand Men Seng Hotel for a Consultation Meeting with the Regional Staff of DSWD XI.

The Secretary will talk about “Exploring Effective Partnerships” in relation to the Mindanao Alliance Self-Help Societies – Southern Philippines Educational Cooperative Center (MASS-SPECC) ever-growing cooperative endeavors.

MASS-SPECC now serves more than 300 primary cooperatives mostly in Mindanao, with over 1 million individual members.

With over one billion pesos in assets, MASS-SPECC is the biggest regional cooperative federation in the country today.

Over the years, it has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of affiliate cooperatives, delivering services to help them grow into one strong movement.

More than financial and institutional stability, MASS-SPECC fuels the passion of co-operators to become living examples of the Co-op philosophy, principles and values.

In the afternoon, the Secretary will hold a consultation dialogue with DSWD Regional Staff to discuss issues and concerns relative to the implementation of DSWD programs and services and come up with feasible and expeditious response to these concerns.

MASS-SPECC envisage a strong and sustainable Mindanao-based confederation of viable and people-oriented cooperatives by fostering and strengthening financial institutions, promoting cooperatives as  a distinct sector and establishing linkages with stakeholders.

DSWD, on the other hand, envisions a society where the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged are empowered for an improved quality of life.

Towards this end, DSWD will be the world’s standard for the delivery of coordinated social services and social protection for poverty reduction by 2030.  DSWD