1CISP's HR Summit: Journey to Cooperative Enterprise

The goal of 1 Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines Life and General Insurance is to uplift the welfare and social status of the less-privileged members of the society. Recently, 1 CISP held its HR Summit to level up human resources operation and become more effective coop leaders.

Woman in Digital at 1CISP Summit
Woman in Digital at 1CISP Summit

The 1 Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines Life and General Insurance (1CISP), the largest cooperative insurance organization in the country, recently held the third and last leg of its HR Summit at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City.

Following the first two legs held in Davao City and Iloilo City, coop leaders and members gathered in Manila for the “Third Path HR: Journey to Cooperative HR Enterprise,”. The said summit aims to level up human resource operations in light of prevailing issues in HR and technology affecting local cooperatives today.

1CISP Summit

Although cooperatives in the Philippines have been over-achieving in terms operational and financial performances, they’re rarely seen as employers of choice, particularly among the younger generation of graduates. This is the challenge that 1CISP aims to overcome through this capacity development activity featuring cooperative thought leaders as well human resource experts as speakers and panelists.

Among the guest speakers were Asia Select Inc. (ASI) President and CEO, Gilbert Camasura, ASI Lead Consultant, Jeremiah Bonifacio, Crawford & Company Country Head, Gigi Geronimo, Geiser Maclang Marketing Communications Inc. (GMCI) Chief Innovation Officer and co-founder, Brad Geiser, GMCI HR and Finance Director, Angela Contreras, BPO Executive, Alpha Omega Aquino, SHRM Sr. Certified Professional, Veronica Estrella, and HR and Quality Management Consultant, Alen Esguerra.

The COOP HR Summit Manila Leg held at Novotel Manila

1CISP President Roy Miclat, in his keynote address, stressed that cooperatives in the country have been succeeding in their endeavors and have continually contributed to nation-building yet the public remains oblivious due to lack of promotional efforts. “Adults often say to the youth that there is no future in cooperatives, which is not true at all."

1CISP President Roy Miclat and Gilbert Camasura, President & CEO, Asia Select Inc.
1CISP President Roy Miclat and Gilbert Camasura, President & CEO, Asia Select Inc.

1CISP President further revealed that cooperatives are, in fact, the biggest contributor in the communities they serve and oftentimes even earn more than their corporate counterparts. He also said that cooperatives have some of the most competitive compensation and benefit schemes in the industry. The challenge is how to communicate these to encourage everyone to support cooperatives.
“1CISP, in comparison to corporate insurance counterparts, is growing at a remarkable rate, and believe it or not, this is not an isolated phenomenon. It is a lot more common than previously thought, with a precedent since 2007,” 
Miclat also talked about the need to adapt in an ever-changing technological environment. “Disruption in technology is happening in an unprecedented rate and if the cooperatives will not adapt, they will be extinct.”

Miclat also announced during the event its biggest project thus far, The Koop Leaders Academy - a nationwide training program for young cooperative professionals.

1Koop Leaders Academy is done in partnership with Asia Select Inc., one of the country's leading human resource companies, and aims to train young minds and build strong foundations in business, tech up their knowledge and skills, and become effective and principle-centered cooperative leaders. The program will have expert HR and marketing professionals as trainers and special lecturers.

"Aside from the 1Koop Leaders Academy, we also have two other projects - Coop Kicks, the first-ever cooperative pitch fest in which young innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs are given opportunities to pitch their ideas on cooperative ventures, and 1KoopMart, the country’s first-ever cooperative sari-sari store chain,” Miclat shares. “But these three projects represent only the beginning of more things to come for 1CISP and its partner cooperatives," he added.

1CISP is the leading insurance cooperative in the Philippines and the go-to organization for the protection needs of its cooperative members. 1CISP has been in operation for almost 45 years and has grown tremendously, having over 2,000 cooperative members and insuring around 900,000 individuals annually.

1CISP aims to elevate cooperatives and make them known for what they really are. Congratulations to 1 CISP on their successful HR Summit.


  1. Thank you for this info mommy. Very helpful po. Im in COOP din po. And very satisfied din ako. Madami din ako natutunan.


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