MABS holds 2009 Regional Roundtable Conference for Luzon and Visayas rural banks

RBAP President Joseph Omar Andaya (left) welcomed the participants and guests, while USAID/Philippines Supervising Program Officer Myra Emata-Stokes (right) delivered the closing remarks. Selected panelists also shared their comments and experiences, including Cantilan Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Gen. Charles Hotchkiss, who reacted on the housing microfinance presentation by MABS Deputy Chief of Party Meliza Agabin and Bankable Frontier Associates’ Mr. James Hokans (center).

RBAP President Joseph Omar Andaya (left) welcomed the participants and guests, while USAID/Philippines Supervising Program Officer Myra Emata-Stokes (right) delivered the closing remarks. Selected panelists also shared their comments and experiences, including Cantilan Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Gen. Charles Hotchkiss, who reacted on the housing microfinance presentation by MABS Deputy Chief of Party Meliza Agabin and Bankable Frontier Associates’ Mr. James Hokans (center).

To update bankers on the latest trends in the rural microfinance industry, MABS conducted a roundtable conference for Luzon and Visayas rural banks with the theme “Innovation and Growth amidst Competition” on October 7, 2009. Sixty-three participants from 29 rural banks gathered for the conference held at Hyatt Hotel and Casino in Manila.

The conference included presentations on achieving growth in competitive markets, eliminating PAR problems, and consumer protection. As key presenter, Bangko Kabayan Managing Director Teresa M. Ganzon presented on how Bangko Kabayan addressed the challenges posed by crises and competition, citing their bank’s experiences and lessons learned. The conference also included updates on the latest trends and developments in relation to MABS initiatives such as Housing Microfinance, Microinsurance and Mobile Phone Banking Services (MPBS). Each presentation was culminated with reactions from selected industry players, as well as open forums between the presenters, reactors, rural bankers, MABS technical team and guests.

Aside from the presentations, the banks were also updated on MABS’ assessment of their performance in the last six months based on the EAGLE (Efficiency, Asset Quality, Growth, Liability Structure and Earnings) criteria. The newest batch of in-house microfinance trainers were also accredited as MABSTeRS (MABS Technical Resource Specialists) during the event.

RRT participants