KMBI brought its services closer to the homes of Program Members residing in the areas of Marikina, San Mateo, and Rodriguez with the inauguration of San Mateo Branch on March 7, 2017.
Located at 125 Gen. Luna St. in Ampid, San Mateo, Rizal, KMBI’s 47th branch is another mark of the organization’s commitment to service its Program Members within the bounds of their locality.
In attendance to the event were KMBI Chairman and Vice-President Mr. David D. Gutierrez, Regional Director for Luzon Operations Ms. Rachelle Basiya, and Rizal Area Manager Mr. Alvin Ofemia. Representing the Head Office was Ms. Princes O. Dacca, Senior Executive Assistant and Acting Manager for the Corporate Affairs Office.
In his opening remarks, Corporate Treasurer Mr. Edgardo F. Garcia highlighted the symmetrical features of the location which he alluded to the stability of the operations. He added that the Program Members play a key role in the securing the success of the branch. The branch, since then, gained positive traction within the municipalities they served.
“I felt overwhelming joy when I heard the San Mateo Branch was being established. Ever since then, KMBI has offered me a lot of help,” Ms. Juliet Tabanao, a pioneering Program Member of the branch, shared.
Program Members formerly under the jurisdiction of the Upper Cavite Branch have now found themselves a new home during the inauguration of San Pablo Branch on March 6, 2017. This marks the organization's 46th branch and CALABARZON Area's third.
Gracing the occasion were KMBI Chairman Mr. David D. Gutierrez and KMBI President Eduardo C. Jimenez, as well as Regional Director for Luzon Operations Ms. Rachelle Basiya and CALABARZON Area Manager Mr. Joel Clavecilla. Members of the Head Office were also in attendance in the person of Ms. Princes O. Dacca of EMO and CAO and Ms. Lea G. Domingo of HCD-SER. Witness to the occasion were the branch managers and officers of Bacoor and Upper Cavite.
To date, the branch is already progressing with 24 centers. The branch staff are optimistic that they will be able to form more centers with the help of Program Members.
KMBI has inducted the elected members of the 2017 Board of Trustees during the Annual General Membership (AGM) Meeting held on February 25, 2017 at the Head Office in Karuhatan, Valenzuela City.
Mr. David D. Gutierrez remained the Chairman of the Board, and Mr. Eduardo C. Jimenez stayed as the President.
Among the notable Board Members elected during the congregation were Corporate Secretary Atty. Romel R. Bagares, Corporate Treasurer Mr. Edgardo F. Garcia, and Trustees Mr. Sergio Edeza, Ms. Mila M. Bunker, Dr. Virginia P. Juan, Mr. Lemuel David A. Salmo, and Dr. Rodolfo P. Estigoy.
Dr. Estigoy, a welcome addition to the Board, is an expert in agricultural innovation and rural development. He acquired his PhD from the Central Luzon State University.
New corporate members joined the organization as well. These include Mr. Sebastian Quiniones Jr., former Filipino Asset Manager and Managing Director for Shell Philippines Exploration BV (SPEX); Mr. Caleb Kak Sin Koo, general manager of Venus Commercial Co., Inc. and President of Colorscape Inc.; and Ms. Lydia Malot, KMBI Program Member who was hailed as the National Awardee from the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) last 2015 and the Pearl Awardee during KMBI’s 30th anniversary celebration.