Through its CSR arm, the William T. Crisp Foundation, Inc. (WTCF), and the Institutional Services Department (ISD), MORESCO-1 collaborates with the Mindanao State University at Naawan on various sustainability and livelihood programs. These initiatives will be implemented across recipient Member-Consumer-Owner (MCO) organizations within MORESCO-1’s franchise area, facilitated by the cooperative’s ten task champions and community development officers.

The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) today, February 26, 2024, at the MORESCO-1 Office of the General Manager (Conference Room) was attended by MORESCO-1’s Acting General Manager, Jovel B. Ubay-Ubay, PEE, ISD Manager Edna S. Putian-Diango, JD; Member Customer Development Chief Rio M. Vallej, and CPRO Archibald G. Pacana. Representing MSU-Naawan were Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Renoir A. Abrea, MSc, and Extension Division (ED) Director Mariefe B. Quiñones, MSc. Asst. Prof. Russel D. Bañoc, Extension Secretary/Faculty (College of Agri-Forestry and Environmental Sciences) and Mr. Adzel Adrian G. Baldevieso of the Marine Fisheries and Technology. Prof. Quiñones emphasized that the ED plays a crucial role in the university’s commitment to providing lifelong, continuing education for the regions it serves, guided by the principle of empowering individuals to help themselves. She highlighted that educational advancements among individuals are essential for progress in a democratic society.

Moving forward, a range of programs will be initiated to align with MORESCO-1’s transformative community engagements and MSU at Naawan’s objective of proactively fostering economic development through pertinent training and interventions. These initiatives are in line with eleven identified priority areas: Sustainable Food Production in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Environmental Conservation, Crops and Livestock, Sustainable Agroforestry, Entrepreneurship, Agri-fisheries-based Skill Enhancement, Literacy Enrichment and Continuing Education, Socio-cultural and Psycho-social Wellness, University-generated and adopted Technology, Peace and Development, and Local Governance.

(News Beat: Archibald G. Pacana, CPRO)