2012 RBAP-MABS Microfinance Conference and Awards Ceremony

Over 200 rural bankers and other participants throughout the Philippines attended the 2012 National Roundtable Conference organized by the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) – Microenterprise Access to Banking Services (MABS) Program. The two-day conference is a gathering of all RBAP-MABS participating banks to share and exchange experiences on microfinance operations, new developments [...]

Rural Banks Transforming Microinsurance from Service to Business

By Ruth Aseron The Microinsurance Initiative of the RBAP-MABS Program began in May 2008. Since then, the Initiative has progressed and assisted 192 rural banks towards becoming responsible and legitimate agents of properly regulated and sustainable microinsurance products and services. Three rural banks shared their experiences during the 2012 RBAP-MABS National Roundtable Conference held at [...]

Banks Now Serve 1 Million Active Micro-Borrowers

Opening the 2012 National Roundtable Conference of the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines – Microenterprise Access to Banking Services Program (RBAP-MABS) on June 7, 2012, Ms. Chuchi Fonacier, Managing Director of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), cited a set of impressive statistics on how banks in the Philippines have now expanded access to microfinance [...]

Improving Core Banking Systems to Improve Branchless Banking Services – Lessons from Cantilan Bank

By Aditya Banerjee This is the fourth of a four part series of articles about the RBAP-MABS National Roundtable 2012 Conference panel session entitled “Using New Channels to Expand Microfinance Services.” Cantilan Bank’s Head of Strategic Management, Melvin Yu, shared how the bank is using new technologies, including mobile banking, to accelerate branchless banking services [...]