Bureau of Muslim Economic Affairs and Regional Office shall always promote organization of cooperatives among Muslim communities as a way to alleviate their poverty and improve their living conditions. Regional offices are responsible to survey Muslim cooperatives of their respective regions and coordinate with them what are the profitable products in their area of coverage. Our clientele must be informed of the current trend in the market through dialogues or meetings so as not to keep them groping in the dark. In the same way, regional offices have to survey the locations of the Muslim communities where the best option is for them is to organize themselves into cooperatives rather than individual entrepreneurs.

In case of organization of Muslim cooperative, BMEA or the NCMF regional offices are advised to coordinate with Cooperative Development Authority for the following training programs:

  1. Orientation Seminars
  2. Managerial Skill’s Training
  3. Financial System Training

Bureau of Muslim Economic Affairs and NCMF regional offices shall see to it that Islamic Micro Finance module are included in the training as a core fundamental value of the Muslim cooperatives.

  • Livelihood Training

In case of livelihood training, regional offices shall coordinate with TESDA and DOST for the kind of Livelihood Training they are offering. A dialogue with target beneficiaries is encouraged to appraise the type of needed livelihood training that should be conducted to avoid wastage of time, efforts and money.

This training is designed to provide cooperators the needed know-how to enhance their livelihood skills in coordination with CDA, TESDA and DOST.

Regional offices may submit livelihood training proposals for funding by the Bureau of Muslim Economic Affairs if they have no resources to pursue the project. Upon proper coordination, BMEA also may propose to implement livelihood training for implementation in the regional offices.

Manuals or Handbooks

  1. Cooperative Governance – the Bureau shall formulate cooperative governance for Muslims cooperatives taking into considerations the reasons for failures and the right directions to be followed in organizing a cooperative. The governance shall be a guide for cooperators in recruiting members, officials and staff, and for election of members of the Board including system of management and financial operations of the cooperative.

This governance shall include Islamic cores and values which will become its guiding principles in its day-to-day operations in compliance Shari’ah Law.

  1. Best Practices – BMEA shall also compile stories of best practices of successful Muslim and non-Muslim cooperatives as a source of inspiration and emulation for our clientele. This will answer the question why the rate of success versus failure is higher for Non-Muslim cooperatives. This shall be updated every two years and shall form part of orientation seminar for Muslim cooperatives.