Mindanao rural banks cited for winning performance

Sun Star – Mindanao rural banks pulled off an impressive performance in terms of earnings, number of borrowers, and deposits in 2011, based on the Rural Banks Association of the Philippines – Microenterprise Access to Banking Services (RBAP-MABS) reports. Results were based on the EAGLE (Efficiency, Asset Quality, Growth, Liability Structure, and Earnings) assessment results, [...]

RBAP Continues the Successful Roll-out of the Basic Microinsurance Training Program

The Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines-Microenterprise Access to Banking Services (RBAP-MABS) Program and the Rural Bankers Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (RBRDFI) continue to conduct the two-day Basic Microinsurance Training Program for rural banks that want to offer affordable microinsurance products to their clients as authorized by the Insurance Commission (IC) and the Bangko [...]

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 [...]

The Healing Touch

With four children to support and without a stable income, it was an everyday struggle to make ends meet for Mr. Danelito Castro and his wife. They were so hard-pressed that they could hardly pay basic monthly bills that amounted to a few hundred pesos (less than US$10). Faced with these circumstances, Mr. Castro set [...]