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Largest cooperative party list endorses Zubiri as number one senator for 2022

/ 04:52 PM September 12, 2021
Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri

Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri (Voltaire F. Domingo/Senate PRIB)

The COOP NATCCO Party List (CNPL), headed by President Alexander B. Raquepo, has formally adopted a resolution supporting Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri for his Senatorial candidacy in the 2022 national elections.

Rep. Sabiniano Canama, who represents CNPL in the 18th Congress, referred to Zubiri as their “number one senatoriable,” further saying, “Kung tatakbo si Sen. Migz, kahit ano, kahit Presidente pa ng Pilipinas, nandoon po kami. Ganyan natin kamahal ang ating Senator. Siya lang ang nagbigay ng inspirasyon sa mga kooperatiba doon sa Senado.”


Zubiri is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Cooperatives, first assuming the position in 2007, and then again in 2016. As Chairman of the committee, he has spearheaded the passage of the Philippine Cooperative Code, the Cooperative Development Authority Charter, the Cooperatives Development Officer Act, and the National Cooperative Month Act, to name a few. Throughout the pandemic, he has also advocated for legislative support for the sector, through key provisions in the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2).

CNPL was organized by the Board of the NATCCO Network in 1996, and their first election into Congress was in 1998. They represent over 800 primary cooperatives across the country.


The resolution, adopted during the 6th CNPL National Party Congress held on Friday, calls Zubiri “our Coop Champion in the Senate.”

“The COOP NATCCO Party List believes that the presence of Coop Champions in the Senate would further recognize the important role of cooperatives in poverty reduction and inclusive growth through policy reforms and support in legislation,” the resolution reads.

“We will really work hard for Senator Migz,” Raquepo said. “Siya lang naman ang kilala natin sa Senado lalo na ’pag sa bandang kooperatiba.”

“Maraming salamat po. I really need the support of your sector,” Zubiri said. “This endorsement from CNPL carries more weight, bilang independent candidate.”

Zubiri further said “I really believe in the power and potential of our cooperative movement. I think the work that coops do, the work of helping the Filipino help themselves, is so vital to our country and our people. And so I’m very glad and honored to enjoy the sector’s continued trust, and in return I am fully committed to continue advocating for the sector.”

During the CNPL Coop Leaders Forum held last 07 July 2021, Engr. Romeo Manzano, Vice President of the COOP NATCCO Party List for Mindanao, had already manifested the party list’s support for Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri in the upcoming national elections.

“We are very proud na we passed a resolution already supporting and endorsing your candidacy for the 2022 national election. We saw that in the Senate . . . you take care of us. You’ve mentioned us many times in the Senate session kaya nagkaroon ng pride. Nagkaroon ng high morale ’yung kooperatiba because nakikita namin na mayroong champion, mayroong tumitindig sa atin ’dun sa Senado. We will work hard and campaign more para sa huli you will be the number one senator in the 2022 election,” he said.

“We will make him number one in the 2022 election,” echoed Raquepo.

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