CRC2020 0630--ICAAPWebinar

ORTIGAS, Pasig —  If you’re interested in celebrating and replicating the successes of the co-operative movement in the Asia Pacific Region, then you already know about the release early last month of the new book “Waking the Asian Pacific Co-operative Potential,” which focuses on case studies of two Co-operatives in the Philippines and compares their experiences across different socio-political systems in the Asia-Pacific region.

And if you’re been paying attention to CRC’s coverage, you’ll know that – two chapters of which book were contributions from a research initiative under the Leo Parma Professorial Chair for Social Economics (PC-SE), which is housed at the Center for Research and Communication

Whether you’ve already grabbed a copy of the book from Elsevier Publishing, or are still trying to decide whether or not to add it to your shelf, you’ll be excited to know that four key figures in the development of the book will come together on July 2, 2020 at 12:30 to 1:30 PM Manila Time (10-11 AM India Standard Time). Participants may register at .

International Co-operative Alliance in the Asia Pacific Region (ICA-AP) regional director Balasubramanian Iyer will be joined by Dr. Anthony Jensen  University of Newcastle, Australia; Professor Akira Kurimoto of Hosei University in Japan; Dr. Yashavantha Dongre University of Mysore India; and  ex-ICA AP Regional Director Robby Tulus.

“Waking the Asian Pacific Co-operative Potential” is the result of a five-year research project spearheaded by Dr. Anthony Jensen of the University of Newcastle in Australia and members of the Asia Pacific Co-operative Research Conference. It has contributions from thirty-four academics across eleven countries from all over the region.


The two chapters contributed by the PC-SE research initiative are

  • Credit Cooperatives: The Case of First Community Credit Cooperative (FICCO) From Resilience to Unlimited Opportunities” by Bien Nito, Isagani Daba, and Ernest Marc Castillo; and
  • The Socio-Political Environment of Worker Cooperatives: A Case study on Worker Co-operatives as a Solution to the Issue of Contractualization in the Philippines” by Leo Parma and Ma. Antonette Pasquin.

These chapters present case studies of Co-operatives in the Philippines, and compare their experiences across different socio-political systems in the Asia-Pacific region.

Aside from providing numerous case studies drawn from successful co-operative organizations in Asia and the Pacific, the book proposes a theoretical framework meant to help readers understand the reasons for the success of these co-operatives, and advances tools that which co-operatives can use to make themselves more effective and more able to reach their optimal goals.

The book can be ordered at: • |RE de Leon||CRC.


The Center for Research and Communication is a research and consultancy group that partners with the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), drawing upon UA&P’s considerable human and knowledge resources to meet the research needs of businesses and development agencies throughout the Philippines. To find out more about CRC, you can reach Mr. De Leon by email at [email protected], or through [email protected].