RBAP holds 56th Annual Convention

(left) New RBAP president-elect Joseph Omar Andaya shared his vision for fiscal year 2009-2010 in the 56th RBAP Annual Convention held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila on May 14-15, 2009. (right) Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. (left) and RBAP President Tomas Gomez IV (right) also unveiled the comic strip cover’s poster for RBAP’s new informational campaign in the same convention.

(left) New RBAP president-elect Joseph Omar Andaya shared his vision for fiscal year 2009-2010 in the 56th RBAP Annual Convention held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila on May 14-15, 2009. (right) Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. (left) and RBAP President Tomas Gomez IV (right) also unveiled the comic strip cover’s poster for RBAP’s new informational campaign in the same convention.

The Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP), held its 56th Annual Convention at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila on May 14-15, 2009. Participated in by rural bankers from all over the country, this RBAP Annual Convention highlighted the importance of improving governance in the rural banking industry. 

New campaign

In this convention, RBAP also launched its new informational campaign on the rural banks’ role not just as depository banks in the countryside, but also as significant loan providers for micro-entrepreneurship and community development. This campaign includes posters and a comic book on the advantages of using GCASH for the mobile phone banking services (MPBS) designed by RBAP-MABS with the support from Globe Telecom’s GXI.

New set of officers, new vision

Also included in this convention is the election of RBAP’s next set of officers which is due to take office in July 2009. Heading the association’s next board is Green Bank’s president and chairman, Mr. Joseph Omar Andaya, who also shared his vision for the fiscal year 2009-2010.

In his speech at the convention, Mr. Andaya provided an overview of the next board’s plans and platforms, saying that the incoming Board is off to further strengthen the rural banking industry. He also expressed the board’s dedication to push for the effective use of technology in this pursuit. Further, Mr. Andaya also stressed his desire to continue the RBAP’s support for the MABS Program, pushing for its continued success and for the success of the new products and technologies that it promotes, including MPBS, micro-insurance, and working on ratings and greater transparency for the rural banking industry.