We offer these lines for today. With its theme of choices and paths taken, these resonate with the journey and milestones of 1 Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines Life and General Insurance (1CISP), a pioneering force in the cooperative insurance landscape of the Philippines, but to those in its “energy field” long enough,

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Richetti John reading of RobertFrost The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

“The Road Not Taken” was written by Robert Frost in 1915. It was published in his poetry collection ‘Mountain Interval.’ The poem reflects on the choices people make in life and has become one of Frost’s most famous and frequently cited works.

The poem was inspired by Frost’s friend, Edward Thomas, with whom Frost used to walk through the forests of England. Thomas often expressed regret over the paths they didn’t take during their walks, which led Frost to write this poem, somewhat in jest.

Robert Frost’s work is lauded for its depiction of rural life and contemplation of complex social and philosophical themes. Despite facing personal tragedy and loss in his life, Frost's works often carry a deep appreciation of nature and a profound sense of contemplation. His ability to intertwine the simplicity of natural scenes with profound philosophical insights makes his work timeless and relatable.

Cooperative Insurance Pioneer

1CISP was established on January 25, 1974. It was initially organized by the Samahang Nayons to provide life insurance protection to Filipinos, particularly those not covered by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) or the Social Security System (SSS).

In 2018, 1CISP expanded its horizons by becoming a composite insurer, offering both life and non-life insurance products. This strategic move allowed 1CISP to cater to a broader spectrum of the population’s needs, ensuring that more Filipinos have access to essential financial protection.

Protecting You Like Family

At the heart of 1CISP’s operations is the mantra “Protecting you like Family.” This philosophy underscores the cooperative’s commitment to the welfare of its members, prioritizing their needs and offering services that resonate with the values of trust and reliability.

Three million Filipinos insured by 2025

Mission and Vision

1CISP’s mission is to provide a viable and socialized cooperative insurance service that empowers Filipinos, especially those with less financial stability. The vision is clear and ambitious: to insure three million Filipinos by 2025, fostering a financially resilient nation.

Core Values

1CISP operates on a foundation of core values that include:

  • Commitment to Reliability: Ensuring dependable services that members can count on.
  • Under-promise and Over-Deliver: Exceeding expectations in all aspects of service.
  • Mutual Prosperity: Fostering a community where prosperity is shared and enjoyed by all.
  • Excellent Service: Delivering top-notch services that enhance member satisfaction.

Nation and Community Building

1CISP actively contributes to nation-building by impacting communities at the local level. Through its services, 1CISP aims to create a financially resilient Philippines, where every citizen is equipped to face economic challenges with confidence.

Champions of Social Good

The cooperative’s existence is dedicated to creating a significant positive social impact. By providing knowledge, tools, and platforms, 1CISP empowers Filipinos to become financially resilient members of their communities.

Global Competitiveness

In today’s fast-paced world, 1CISP recognizes the need to be globally competitive. To achieve this, the cooperative embraces technology, customer orientation, social responsibility, and operational efficiency.

1CISP’s journey is a testament to the power of cooperative insurance in transforming lives and communities. As it continues to grow and serve more Filipinos, 1CISP remains steadfast in its commitment to providing protection and empowerment, truly treating every member like family.

1CISP’s dedication to its members and the broader community reflects a deep understanding of the cooperative spirit, where mutual aid and support are not just concepts but a way of life.

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