New MABSTeRS Successfully Complete Training

USAID/Philippines Economist Mr. Tyler Holt welcomed the participants to the four-day workshop.

USAID/Philippines Economist Mr. Tyler Holt welcomed the participants to the four-day workshop.

MABS conducted the MABS Technical Resource Specialists (MABSTeRS) training in Cagayan de Oro City on July 28-31, 2009. Twenty-five representatives from 11 participating banks (PBs) completed the training/workshop. The new MABSTeRS, a mix of microfinance unit supervisors, human resources department heads, and compliance officers, represented 11 Mindanao and Visayas-based MABS PBs: Rural Bank of Oroquieta, 1st Valley Bank, Rural Bank of Labason, Liloy Rural Bank, Rural Bank of Datu Paglas, Rural Bank of Dipolog, Rural Bank of Digos, Green Bank, Cooperative Bank of Misamis Oriental, Progressive Rural Bank, and the Rural Bank of Placer.  The workshop was opened by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines Economic Advisor Mr. Tyler Holt, who welcomed the participants to the four-day workshop.  Mr. Holt was joined by Ms. Teresita Espenilla and Mr. Scott Cameron of USAID/Philippines.
The training course, designed to prepare the participants to serve as in-house trainers and instructors of their respective banks, consisted of a refresher course on MABS best practices and training on effective presentation and training methods. To test their understanding and mastery of the subject matter and to assess their presentation skills, participants completed diagnostic tests and delivered presentations on assigned topics.
MABSTeRS are selected senior and mid-level officers of MABS PBs trained to serve as their bank’s in-house trainers. Trainings conducted by MABSTeRS will replace the previous training courses offered by MABS as banks develop the capacity to train their own staff. Training and accrediting a pool of technical resource specialists is one of the strategies that the MABS Program uses to promote and institutionalize the MABS Approach and best practices in PBs. Since 2003, the MABS Program has trained 142 MABSTeRS.