In photo- Samcia U. Ibrahim, MPA, Executive Director II of Cooperative and Social Enterprise Authority (CSEA)

We are here to uplift the living condition of the people’- Cooperative and Social Enterprise Authority

COTABATO CITY (January 21, 022) — Samcia U. Ibrahim, MPA, Executive Director II of Cooperative and Social Enterprise Authority (CSEA) said, “We are here to uplift the living condition of the people” during the 39th episode of Kaunlaran sa Bangsamoro talk show hosted by BMN last January 18, 2022.
“We are here to uplift the living condition of the people by thoroughly doing the real intention. Moral governance should came from within,” she explained when asked on her opinion on moral governance.  
She narrated how her office started as Cooperative Development Authority during the time of the defunct ARMM.
Ibrahim cited, “Cooperative and Social Enterprise Authority with all the branches and subdivision and instrumentalities, agencies of the Bangsamoro government shall ensure the provisions of technical guidance and financial assistance and other services to enable the CSEA to develop into a viable and responsive economic enterprises and be the platform for poverty allegation.”
According to Ibrahim, unlike the Ministry of Agriculture that can provide financial assistance, CSEA is still a regulatory agency.
“Our role here is to register a coop and then give them a technical guidance on financial reporting and operations of their cooperatives and other technical guidance like the preparation of project proposals,” she said.
The talk show guest also shared that their office caters 21 types of coops but most of their cooperatives are agriculture, RTW, producers of farm crops, handicraft making and others.
“Social Enterprise is focused on business operation. It’s like tapping the community to be aware of what business can be done in the community,” she said referring to the second division of the CSEA.
Ibrahim has also conveyed that the number of registered cooperatives in the region from 2010-2021 is more than Ten-thousand (10,000) cooperatives.
She also related that there are active cooperatives that continue to comply annual report for their financial and business operation and secure their Certificate of Compliance. “Given that report we still need to validate… validation and monitoring of cooperatives,” she said.
Ibrahim added that in order to secure the continuity of the cooperative, it should renew the surety bond, cooperative development plan, cooperative financial report, audited financial statement so that CSEA would know if the income increased or decreased.
She underscored the importance of pre-registration seminar for the entire membership citing, “So that they will know the A-Z of the cooperative.”
The cooperative and enterprise executive also enumerated other requirements of registering a cooperative like surety bond, economic survey, bylaws, articles of cooperation, cedula, profiling of members, and presence of municipal cooperative officers.
“They are now grouped, they are now empowered, and their minds were opened that collective efforts and group that one cannot stand alone, they should bind themselves together, there should be a teamwork, there’s a good camaraderie on the ground,” she said referring to the impact of their programs to the people.
“Whatever may be inside your heart, that should be the one executed. So you are accountable not only to the clients but to the Almighty,” she said.