In 1962, leaders in the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental, and Cagayan de Oro City decided to organize cooperatives that provided credit and savings to their members in the communities to address the severe economic hardship and political uncertainty during the time.Thus, the Misamis Oriental-Bukidnon-Camiguin Federation of Cooperatives (MBC) was formed.
The leaders of MBC institutionalized the Southern Philippines Educational Cooperative Center, Inc. (SPECC), a cooperative training center, to answer the educational need of the cooperatives. After it was established in 1966, SPECC’s Pre-Membership Educational Program (PMEP) was very successful that it was brought to different parts in Mindanao, then in the Visayas and Bicol regions. Soon after, SPECC started offering other courses for cooperatives; and led the formation of provincial cooperative federations all over Mindanao that extended SPECC’s services in the provinces.
The leaders representing 11 provincial federations in Mindanao decided to form the Mindanao Cooperative Alliance (MCA). However it had to change its name to Mindanao Alliance of Self-help Societies, Inc. (MASS); and its legal character as non-stock, non-profit organization; to retain autonomy and self-reliance during the martial law years.
While MASS established technical programs, SPECC also expanded its education program for the benefit of the cooperatives. In 1984, MASS and SPECC were integrated to maximize the organizational, financial, physical, and human resources of both organizations. MASS-SPECC, through various partnerships and in solidarity with the cooperatives in Mindanao, continues to make available training programs for cooperatives; and hold dialogues on issues affecting the industry and Mindanao development.
Ms. Bernadette O. Toledo, Chief Executive Officer
9000 Cagayan de Oro City
(088) 856-2336 local 15