MABS accredits new rural bank in-house microfinance trainers

MABS formally accredited its newest batch of MABS Technical Resource Specialists (MABSTeRS) during the Luzon-Visayas Regional Roundtable Conference held at Hyatt Hotel and Casino, Manila on October 7, 2009. The following have completed the training conducted by MABS and have complied with the requirements for accreditation.

MABSTeRS Gerneil Rivera of Bangko Kabayan

MABSTeRS Gerneil Rivera of Bangko Kabayan

MABSTeRS Rymar Gutierrez of Bangko Kabayan

MABSTeRS Rymar Gutierrez of Bangko Kabayan

MABSTeRS Nilo Quiroz of Bangko Luzon

MABSTeRS Nilo Quiroz of Bangko Luzon

MABSTeRS Edwin Verona of GM Bank

MABSTeRS Edwin Verona of GM Bank

MABSTeRS Eddie Revilla of the Rural Bank of Mabitac

MABSTeRS Eddie Revilla of the Rural Bank of Mabitac

Also accredited as new MABSTeRS are Michael Bartolome and Menandro Navarro of Bangko Luzon; and Zaldy Maniquiz and Ryan Orbon of GM Bank.

MABS implemented the MABSTeRS program to address the need for continuous training for MABS participating banks’ microfinance unit staff, which is an essential element in ensuring the efficiency, competitiveness, profitability and sustainability of a bank’s microfinance operation.

MABSTeRS are selected senior and mid-level officers of MABS PBs who are qualified to train newly-hired field staff and supervisors and serve as their bank’s in-house trainers. Training conducted by MABSTeRS will help to sustain and continue MABS training within their respective banks.

MABS set the following criteria/qualifications for MABSTeRS-nominees:

  1. Must be a Senior Account Officer or hold higher designation (e.g., MF Supervisors, MF Product Managers, Senior Officers involved in MF operations).
  2. Have at least one year experience and/or involvement in the bank’s microfinance operations.
  3. Must have attended the MABS Account Officers Training Course and/or the MABS Approach to Microfinance Training and Technical Services (MATTS) Course.
  4. Possess adequate presentation and communication skills.

Qualified nominees undergo a one-week training-workshop to prepare them to become resource speakers/facilitators on the MABS Basic Microfinance Course in their respective banks.  In addition, the trainees undergo a walk-through and hands-on experience using the MABS Distance Learning Training Module.