Success on Cooperative: The 50th Year Founding Anniversary of Don Galo Credit Cooperative, Inc.

The DGCC Tarpaulin - All photos by Travel Man (aka Ireno Alcala) June 21, 2012
The DGCC Tarpaulin - All photos by Travel Man (aka Ireno Alcala) June 21, 2012
The Founders of Don Galo Cooperative
The Founders of Don Galo Cooperative
Plaque of Appreciation to DGCC Chairmen
Plaque of Appreciation to DGCC Chairmen
Testimonials of some members in good standing - a page from a souvenir magazine
Testimonials of some members in good standing - a page from a souvenir magazine

DGCC writes history

It was a momentous event as old and new active members converged at Don Galo Sports Complex @ 6:00 PM last June 21st, 2012; in order to be part of this much awaited celebration.

Right after the General Assembly held last March 17th (three months earlier), the staff and officers plus the active members-volunteers laid the plans, highlighted with series of meetings, for the BIG day.

They were able to encourage and close solicitations for funding the activity with the local business owners taking part. Other more successful cooperatives also helped by sponsoring training for the officers and staff prior to the recent activity.

In turn, different committee heads and members sliced their time researching for the coop's history, old photos with memorable activities and programs, including the brain-draining interviews with some of the earliest, oldest but in good standing members.

The venue for the grand occasion was the sports complex of the barangay. Although, the lady captain, honorable Marilyn Factor-Burgos (also a former BOD-board of director member) is in the USA right now for a month-long vacation, she left an approval that the coop's event be held there.

True enough, we took turns laying all the decorations plus the tables and chairs (we already helped the catering service staff) to make the preparation be finished ahead of the time.

We expected 200 active members (good payers) to attend the occasion via RSVP (request for responses), a French phrase for, "répondez, s'il vous plaît," or 'please reply'.

There were glitches that happened during the actual event,but attending members didn't noticed it. They've enjoyed the gathering, the food, the souvenir program and the writing wall (tarpaulin).

It took more than three hours for the program to finish. We entertained messages from local politicians and unexpected guests, too. That's part of being in a Filipino gathering. We can't avoid to welcome them. That's part of what we call ' Filipino hospitality'.

Amid the controversies that stained the good image of the coop, MIGS (members in good standing) keep it going and support the increasing program that will support the needs of the members.

(With personal writings and opinion by travelman1971 aka Ireno A. Alcala)

The Preparation - It's sweltering hot inside the gym!

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The staff of DGCC - still smilesTravel Man, part of the preparation and restoration teamThe DGCC Chairman and some of the Don Galo YouthThe DGCC tarpaulinAre we done yet? (With GM Sunday Butalon and BOD Member Conrado Pascual)Installing the sound system
The staff of DGCC - still smiles
The staff of DGCC - still smiles
Travel Man, part of the preparation and restoration team
Travel Man, part of the preparation and restoration team
The DGCC Chairman and some of the Don Galo Youth
The DGCC Chairman and some of the Don Galo Youth
The DGCC tarpaulin
The DGCC tarpaulin
Are we done yet? (With GM Sunday Butalon and BOD Member Conrado Pascual)
Are we done yet? (With GM Sunday Butalon and BOD Member Conrado Pascual)
Installing the sound system
Installing the sound system

Don Galo Credit Coop's 50th Year (Golden) Anniversary Celebration c/o MrMusicman1971

Random photos of DGCC 50th Year Anniversary

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The huge DGCC tarpaulinTravel Man (Ireno Alcala) with GM Domingo Butalon of DGCCMIGS - Members-in-good-standingMs. Naty Ferrer of Mediation and Conciliation Committee writing on DGCC  WallOfficial hosts DGCC Secretary Cecille Tibayan (also an elementary teacher) and KenAt the registration tableLadies of DGCC (with Chairman Acris Jimenez-Aragon, EdCom Chairman Jovic Victorino and Staff, Volunteers)Chairman Acris with Staff Nieves Paradela, Vice Chair Editha Jimenez and Staff Rose Polangcos (From L-R)Some of the officers of DGCC (Different committees)Ms. Nenita Bacister of Baclaran Coop - the Keynote SpeakerDinner time 1 Dinner time 2Associate Justice Teresita De Castro, receiving the award in behalf of his late father, one of the incorporators of DGCCDGCC Past Gen. Managers with GM Domingo ButalonEx-Congressman Eduardo Zalcieta of Parañaque City (popularly known as EDZA)Dancing Time
The huge DGCC tarpaulin
The huge DGCC tarpaulin
Travel Man (Ireno Alcala) with GM Domingo Butalon of DGCC
Travel Man (Ireno Alcala) with GM Domingo Butalon of DGCC
MIGS - Members-in-good-standing
MIGS - Members-in-good-standing
Ms. Naty Ferrer of Mediation and Conciliation Committee writing on DGCC  Wall
Ms. Naty Ferrer of Mediation and Conciliation Committee writing on DGCC Wall
Official hosts DGCC Secretary Cecille Tibayan (also an elementary teacher) and Ken
Official hosts DGCC Secretary Cecille Tibayan (also an elementary teacher) and Ken
At the registration table
At the registration table
Ladies of DGCC (with Chairman Acris Jimenez-Aragon, EdCom Chairman Jovic Victorino and Staff, Volunteers)
Ladies of DGCC (with Chairman Acris Jimenez-Aragon, EdCom Chairman Jovic Victorino and Staff, Volunteers)
Chairman Acris with Staff Nieves Paradela, Vice Chair Editha Jimenez and Staff Rose Polangcos (From L-R)
Chairman Acris with Staff Nieves Paradela, Vice Chair Editha Jimenez and Staff Rose Polangcos (From L-R)
Some of the officers of DGCC (Different committees)
Some of the officers of DGCC (Different committees)
Ms. Nenita Bacister of Baclaran Coop - the Keynote Speaker
Ms. Nenita Bacister of Baclaran Coop - the Keynote Speaker
Dinner time 1
Dinner time 1
Dinner time 2
Dinner time 2
Associate Justice Teresita De Castro, receiving the award in behalf of his late father, one of the incorporators of DGCC
Associate Justice Teresita De Castro, receiving the award in behalf of his late father, one of the incorporators of DGCC
DGCC Past Gen. Managers with GM Domingo Butalon
DGCC Past Gen. Managers with GM Domingo Butalon
Ex-Congressman Eduardo Zalcieta of Parañaque City (popularly known as EDZA)
Ex-Congressman Eduardo Zalcieta of Parañaque City (popularly known as EDZA)
Dancing Time
Dancing Time

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Romano Arnesto 4 years ago from Philippines

You're so active with the DGCC. Congratulations! Wishing for another 50 years ahead!!!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

The hospitality sounds wonderful and congratulations on a successful event.


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Harsha Vardhana R 4 years ago from Bangalore

Inspiring. Co-operation movement becomes critical as our human population increases multifold and our resources are limited.

Alas, I too keep hearing about regular scams in co-op sector in India


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Romano Arnesto: Thank you for gracing this hub. The event was momentous, although we cannot avoid some glitches.

At least, I catches some of its highlights that will serve as my souvenir that I will show for future members.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Pamela99: Thank you so much for dropping by. Yes, we cannot resist to show hospitality, whenever unexpected people joined in our occasion.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Harsha Vardhana R: Negativity is often the cause of unsuccessful cooperative. Failure will be blamed to the leaders who are managing the organization.

Still, we are optimistic that with close and vigilant supervision, we can avoid such loopholes.

Scammers will never be tolerated in our coop. We've learned a lesson two decades ago.


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earthbound1974 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Congratulations! It takes great dedication to make a cooperative existing, even if some controversies of cheating, connivance and scam occurred.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@earthbound1974: Thanks! You're right. Unselfish dedication is what we need in a cooperative, like Don Galo Coop.

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