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 [...]

Lessons Learned from Providing Financial Education to Promote Branchless Banking

By Aditya Banerjee This is the second 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”. Rural banks already play a big role in small communities. They serve over one million low-income families who place their trust – from microinsurance [...]

Beyond SMS – Using Social Networks to Reach a Broader Market (Part 2 of 2)

By Aditya Banerjee This is the second of a two part series on the panel presentation for the RBAP-MABS National Roundtable 2012 Conference session entitled “Beyond SMS – Using Social Networks to Reach a Broader Market”. Panelists Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, John Owens, Chief of Party of RBAP-MABS, Hans Roxas Chua, President [...]

Lessons from a Vegetable Farmer

By Meliza H. Agabin, MABS Deputy Chief of Party We found Mr. Joel Tormis and Mrs. Jeannie Tormis in their farm tending their fruit bearing bitter cucumber (ampalaya) plants and rows of newly sprouting cucumber plants. Along with microfinance Specialist, Mark Guillermo, and Officers from the Cantilan Bank Tagum branch, we had just come from another [...]