Pakistani study group takes a look at microfinance in the Philippines

Pakistani visitors at RBAP

A delegation of 12 members from Pakistan’s National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) conducted a study observation visit to the Philippines on September 14-18, facilitated by the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP). The study tour was conducted to allow the Pakistani delegates to observe the Philippine rural banking industry and its operations, including the implementation of the MABS Approach to Microfinance among MABS participating banks (PB).
The 5-day study tour included field visits to CARD Bank and MABS PBs First Macro Bank and Bangko Kabayan. The Pakistani delegation observed the banks’ operations, visited their clients and studied the banks’ lending procedures and mobile phone banking operations. They also visited MABS, RBAP, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI), CARD MRI (Center for Agriculture and Rural Development
Mutually Reinforcing Institutions) and TSPI Development Corporation. From these institutions, the NRSP delegates learned about the Philippine policy and regulatory framework for microfinance, MABS Approach to Microfinance, MABS initiatives, and rural outreach methodologies of various rural microfinance institutions.
NRSP is a Pakistan-based non-profit organization which aims to alleviate poverty in the country by undertaking developmental activities and developing people’s skills. The largest such program in Pakistan, NRSP has outreach in all 4 provinces and is currently working with more than 500,000 poor households.

A delegation of 12 members from Pakistan’s National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) conducted a study observation visit to the Philippines on September 14-18, facilitated by the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP). The study tour was conducted to allow the Pakistani delegates to observe the Philippine rural banking industry and its operations, including the implementation of the MABS Approach to Microfinance among MABS participating banks (PBs).

The 5-day study tour included field visits to CARD Bank and MABS PBs First Macro Bank and Bangko Kabayan. The Pakistani delegation observed the banks’ operations, visited their clients and studied the banks’ lending procedures and mobile phone banking operations. They also visited MABS, RBAP, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI), CARD MRI (Center for Agriculture and Rural Development

Mutually Reinforcing Institutions) and TSPI Development Corporation. From these institutions, the NRSP delegates learned about the Philippine policy and regulatory framework for microfinance, MABS Approach to Microfinance, MABS initiatives, and rural outreach methodologies of various rural microfinance institutions.

NRSP is a Pakistan-based non-profit organization which aims to alleviate poverty in the country by undertaking developmental activities and developing people’s skills. The largest such program in Pakistan, NRSP has outreach in all 4 provinces and is currently working with more than 500,000 poor households.