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CDCoop and Ponce join efforts to support cooperative sector

By on March 4, 2017

PONCE — Cooperative Development Commissioner (CDCoop) Ivelisse Torres Rivera, informed on Saturday that the entity will join efforts with the municipality of Ponce to support the cooperative sector in Puerto Rico’s southern region.

The commissioner explained she approached Ponce mayor María “Mayita” Meléndez to present her agency’s educational programs, which endorse cooperativism as a model of viable economic development, in order to establish new cooperatives.

From left, Ponce Mayor María "Mayita" Meléndez and CDCoop commissioner Ivelisse Torres Rivera. The mayor accepted the agency's proposal, affirming it will help mold future leaders while fomenting economic development. (Courtesy)

From left, Ponce Mayor María “Mayita” Meléndez and CDCoop commissioner Ivelisse Torres Rivera. The mayor accepted the agency’s proposal, affirming it will help mold future leaders while fomenting economic development. (Courtesy)

“We will set forth the first initiative in May. We will gather Ponce’s school districts to counsel them on how to incorporate a juvenile cooperative along with Municipal Education and its director, Efraín Colón,” said Torres Rivera in written declarations, thanking the mayor for “the interest she displayed.”

Torres Rivera, who also presides the Cooperatives Supervision & Insurance Corp.’s (Cossec) Board of Directors, added that after their meeting, Meléndez assured she will assist with her office space and human resources to aid the agency’s labor.

For her part, Meléndez accepted the proposal and thanked the commissioner for choosing Ponce as the CDCOoop headquarters.

“Our administration endorses cooperativism and development, whether it is made by student activities or in general for the community. We believe that Ponce’s schools will soon incorporate programs aimed toward promoting economic development and mold future leaders,” said the mayor of Ponce.

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