Last May 8, 2018, a Pre-Membership Education Seminar (PMES) was held at Barangay Hall of Carmen, Baguio District, Davao City and facilitated by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) representative Mrs. Geralyn C. Lumawag. The objective of this initiative is to have a legal business entity and economic sustainability within the community. This initiative started when the Obu Manuvu community came up with the decision to expand the impacts of the project by continuing/reviving their cooperative. Members decided to contribute a small amount of Php. 200.00 as starting capital to reset and reestablish the small store on retailing general merchandize (sarisari). The store will still sell basic commodities (sari-sari), including rice, canned goods and other food stuff and later on products/handicrafts for the eco-tourism initiative of the project. The intention with the coop store is to become the source of food for the families of the forest guards while they are out in the forest doing patrols and other project related activities. This time though they will limit selling on credit to a very minimum level as past experience shows the unsustainability of selling on credit because of credit sales in the past. The initial available working capital was Php.20,000.00 and was reduced to Php.4,000.00 with some groceries, then eventually razed by fire after the community transfer it to Datu Landim. The community also resolved to have future catering services during community meetings and workshops organized through the cooperative whereby profits will be added to the capital share of their cooperative.
The training was required to all prospective member of a primary cooperative like the “Kolivuungan ‘To Obu Manuvu Marketing Cooperative”, a marketing cooperative that the Obu Manuvu community in Carmen want to establish. The seminar was attended by 35 participants from Obu-Manuvu Community of Carmen headed by Datu Paulino M. Landim Sr., EGIP Foundation staff and some council of the Barangay Carmen. The seminar discussed the significance of establishing a cooperative, types of cooperative, the role of the members, committees and board of directors, as well as explained further the purpose of share capital and membership fees and finally, the list of requirements needed for registration.