The cooperative organizations may constitute among themselves unions, federations and confederation for the better management of their property and the defense of their common interests.
1.1. Primary cooperatives
This is a primary basic type of a cooperative where members voluntarily decide to gather their thoughts, strengths and assets with the common purpose of maximizing profit through providing any activity.
Three (3) or more primary cooperatives may join together to form a cooperative Union. Such a Cooperative Organization shall be referred to as a secondary Cooperative Organization. Only primary Cooperative Organizations may be members of a cooperative union. No primary Cooperative Organization shall be a member of two (2) cooperative unions at the same time.
Cooperative union by-laws shall provide for a delegate representation and the mode of voting in a General Assembly meeting.
A cooperative union may carry out complementary economic and service activities to those of its affiliates.
Three or more cooperative unions may join together to form a cooperative Federation at national level. Such a cooperative federation shall be referred to as a tertiary cooperative organization.
Three or more cooperative federations may join together to form a cooperative confederation at the national level. Such a cooperative confederation shall be referred to as the APEX cooperative organizations at the national level.
Below is a diagram that reflects how primary coops lead to unions, then federations and finally confederations.