Guarding the Poor from Falling through Microinsurance

By Ferdinand Sia Ms. Ermie Mayor arrived at her mother’s house after making the rounds in Dayhagan Pilar, Balasan Iloilo. She sold a whole bilao (winnowing basket) of banana-que (deep fried bananas with caramelized sugar on stick) and bicho bicho (deep fried doughnut coated with brown sugar) that her mother prepared in the morning. She [...]

A Dream Home Come True

By Ferdinand Sia After getting married in 2001, Mr. Joel and Mrs. Erlyn Espinosa built their small nipa hut in Balasan, Iloilo to start a family. Mr. Joel is a son of a small palay farmer and makes a living as a carpenter for house construction. Years of labor as a carpenter are now showing [...]

Rural Banks engaged in Microfinance Plan for Market Expansion

Thirty-six bank officers and staff of eighteen rural banks from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao participated in the Market Expansion Training conducted by the USAID-supported Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines-Microenterprise Access to Banking Services (RBAP-MABS) Program last September 12-13 at the RBAP Conference Room in Intramuros, Manila. The two-day training was designed to assist participating [...]

Visayas and Mindanao Rural Banks attend Mobile Phone Banking Accreditation Training Course

Fourteen representatives from eight rural banks based in the Visayas and Mindanao attended the Mobile Phone Banking Accreditation training and refresher course at the Diamond Suites in Cebu City last September 9.  The training was organized by the United States Agency for International Development-supported Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines-Microenterprise Access to Banking Services (RBAP-MABS) [...]