I am Atty. Dulce Bustamante, a young cooperator from the Philippines, and the current Vice-Chairperson of ICA AP Committee on Youth Cooperation. I am 29 years old, and has been exposed to cooperative sector since 2014.
In the Philippines, I was also part of the team who established the mobilization of “laboratory cooperatives”, a sector of cooperative for children ages 7 to 17 years old. We inculcated with them the importance of thrift and savings together with the seven (7) fundamental cooperative principles.
I am also a founding member and the current Chairperson of the Young Entrepreneurs Service Cooperative, the first established youth cooperative in the Philippines.
I am also the Youth Representative of the Union of Legitimate Service Contracting Cooperatives, a national federation of cooperatives in the Philippines.