50th Anniversary


MASS SPECC Cooperative Development Center and its members will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the federation on August 9, 2016. A year-long celebration started with the launching activities that started on August 7, 2015, when individuals associated with the pioneers or the early beginnings of the organization joined by coop leaders from all over Mindanao launched the anniversary celebration with a program.

The organization started with the founding of the Southern Philippines Educational Cooperative Center (SPECC) on August 9, 1966 in Cagayan de Oro City. At that time, credit unions, consumers cooperatives, housing cooperatives and other types of cooperatives began to take root in certain parts of  Mindanao, particularly Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Camiguin and Davao. They needed education and training to support their early development activities and so organized SPECC. By 1973, the coop movement had spread to almost every part of Mindanao and so they formed the Mindanao Alliance of Self-Help Societies or MASS. In 1984, the 2 organizations merged to form MASS SPECC Cooperative Development Center, which is now the biggest regional cooperative federation with more than 300 member-cooperatives in Mindanao.

The theme of the golden anniversary is “50 years of growing cooperatives into a movement.” It captures the original thinking of the pioneers that cooperatives are a movement of people, who are able to develop themselves and their communities, and that cooperatives have to work together if they are to contribute effectively to the economy and to society as a whole.

During the Ownership Meetings in the different regions, anniversary tarpaulins were distributed to the different primary affiliates. These tarpaulins will be hanged in the coops’ façade for the entire year.

The 50th anniversary celebration that include activities like, painting contest – to be participated in by individual members of affiliate cooperatives in Mindanao (June 8, 2016)– will give opportunities to the amateur but talented painters. This painting contest is the first and one of the highlights of the golden anniversary celebration of the federation. The competition’s objective is to showcase the significant role that artists and the art can play to promote and strengthen cross cultural understanding of cooperation and the theme of the celebration. It also aims to recognize, support and nurture creations in visual arts that is in line with the theme.  This historic and momentous celebration could also lay the foundation, for its learning and discernments, for future leaders of MASS-SPECC, the Federation, to be both creative and cooperative.

Other lined-up activities are: a trade fair, a grand parade, the homecoming of some MASS-SPECC staff alumni and some alumni of SPECC’s training programs, as well as the exhibit of “MASS-SPECC’S past” that included the milestones of the federation in its 50 years of existence as well as its pioneers and leaders, who, to borrow the words of one of the founders, Atty. Mordino R. Cua, “those who contribute so much, for so little”, will also have a place of honour during the exhibit.

The celebration will then be capped with a solidarity night to include the recognition of the pioneers – active and those who are no longer around (posthumous). Expected to attend are coop leaders in Mindanao as well as representatives of the families of the pioneers.

Let us therefore celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Federation in the hope that the “50 years of Growing Cooperatives into a Movement”, if not yet realized will now be realized.

Anniversary Activities
Timeliness Events Venue
April 2016 Launching of MASS-SPECC Website Host: ICS
April 2016 Launching of the 50th Year Official Badge and Logo During the General Assembly
May 2016 Launching of the Koop Monitor MSP Office
July 11-12, 2016 Painting Contest 6th Floor, MCHostel
August 8-10, 2016 Exhibit of MSP Memorabilia; Photo/Video ExhibitsRe-launching of Atty. Cua’s book on: “My Cooperative Journey” 2nd Floor MSP Office
Sept. to October 2016 Trade Fair in coordination with CDA Region 10 To coincide with the Coop Month
December 2016 Launching of the MSP AVP Message;
August 8-10,2016 Activities
Date/Time Events Venue/Remarks
August 9, 2016
– 7:00 a.m. Holy Mass St. Augustine Cathedral
– 8:00 a.m. Grand Parade Around the City
– 6:00 p.m. Culminating/Solidarity Night-Awarding of Oldest Coop Affiliates; Leadership Awards; Awarding of the Painting Contest Winners

Regional Presentation

Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City