KMBI Installs New Branch in Cebu

True to its mission of bringing integral transformation to poor communities, KMBI expanded its operation base in Cebu through the inauguration of Talisay branch on June 27, 2017. This marks KMBI’s 48th branch and Cebu area’s fourth. Located at South Agora Homes, P. Deiparine St. in Talisay City, the newly instated branch will service the areas of Talisay, Minglanilla, and Naga.

In attendance to the rites were KMBI Chairman and Vice-President, Mr. David D. Gutierrez; Trustee, Dr. Rodolfo P. Estigoy; Regional Director for Luzon Operations, Ms. Rachelle M. Basiya; Regional Director for VisMin Operations, Ms. Amelita T. Andilab; Deputy Executive Director for the Management Services Group, Ms. Madelyn P. Frijillano; Cebu Area Manager, Ms. Elizabeth B. Alcon; Cebu North Branch Manager, Ms. Rebecca Prada; and Mandaue Branch Manager, Ms. Lorena E. Marin.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Gutierrez encouraged the staff and Program Members present in the event to remain strong in the face of unpleasant challenges. He also commended the Program Members who have chosen to remain with the organization.

“I laud the Program Members who chose KMBI. Despite these uninvited trials, they chose to stay with us,” Mr. Gutierrez commended.

Dr. Estigoy delineated the meaning of ‘hope’ from ‘wish’ during his inspirational speech. He further emphasized that KMBI does not offer purely financial and non-financial services, but it also provides hope.

“When they [clients] come here at KMBI, we offer hope, because hope is founded on something that is sure…With the hope we are giving them, in return they also find life,” he said, attesting to the truth of KMBI’s acronym.

Two pioneer Program Members of the new branch, namely Ms. Merlita Arlob and Divina Gelido, expressed their testament of patronage to KMBI’s financial and non-financial services.

KMBI Implements New Transformation Tool

Pasok na sa Kaharian (PNSK) is a new installment of the APPEND Life Series Book which will succeed Gawaing Bahay from last year.

Officially slated for launch beginning June 2017, PNSK will be used as the regular discussion material during weekly center meetings for Program Members and Accountability Groups (AGs) for Branch and Head Office staff.

The latest tool seeks to reinforce center meetings and AGs to better complement KMBI’s mission of delivering integral transformation. This underscores the organization’s commitment to open more non-financial services to its clients.

KMBI HO Staff Open Sports Fest 2017

Sportsfest Run

All KMBI Head Office staff flaunted their team color as they marched towards the Panay Office during the opening of KMBI Sports Fest 2017.

With the theme, “A balanced work-life is a happy KMBI life”, the ceremony took place last Friday, June 9, 2017.

Information Technology Officer, Mr. Robert Samortin Jr., led the declaration of the Oath of Sportsmanship to reaffirm the spirit of fair and friendly competition among participants, while IT Officer, Mr. Joel Cruz, was the torchbearer for the lighting of torch, signalling the commencement of the organization-wide competition.

All KMBI staff have the option to join basketball, volleyball, badminton, swimming, table tennis, chess, or dart. The competition for the area level will begin from June to July, while the group level will span from August to September.

The championship is set to take place during the Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEaD) Camp in 2018, in which four major groups will compete.

KMBI Sports Fest is part of the K-FIT Program of the Human Capital Department intended to promote and implement a healthy physical, social, mental, and spiritual condition among its employees through program-based activities directed towards wellness. The activity also aims to deepen camaraderie among staff whilst maintaining work-life balance.

KMBI Staff Bags Top Prizes in BMCI Summit

The Bicol Microfinance Council, Inc. (BMCI) during its 8th Annual Microfinance Summit Awarding Ceremonies held at the CRH Development Building in Camalig, Albay recognized Mr. Victor Palce, KMBI Goa Branch Manager and Mr. Jeric Encinas, KMBI Daet Program Officer for their exemplary work.

During the awarding ceremonies held last April 21, 2017, Mr. Palce won the first runner up for the Outstanding Branch Manager category while Mr. Encinas bagged the top prize for the Outstanding Account Officer category. Both awardees received a plaques and cash prizes.

BMCI Officers and Trustees, officers and staff of other member MFIs and financial institution of the BMCI attended the event. Mr. Allan Sicat, Executive Director of Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI) was also in attendance during the event. Mr. Philip Bautista, KMBI Area Manager for Bicol was also present to support his staff. The awarding ceremony was the highlight of the day's event from the pocket activities happening simultaneously in one venue.

BMCI,is a network of rural banks, cooperatives and non-government organizations in the Bicol region engaged in microfinance to which KMBI is a member. The council has been in existence since March 2005. It was formed to primarily to facilitate the exchange of ideas among local MFIs and promote the creation of a local credit bureau. Since its inception in 2005, it has broadened its mission anchored on building the capacities of members to develop small enterprises and promote local economic development.

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