For the first time in two years, KMBI leaders and branch officers have gathered for a face-to-face General Assembly held at Park Inn by Radisson North EDSA, Quezon City last January 23-25, 2023.

The three-day assembly kicked off with the unveiling of Isaiah 50:7 as KMBI’s theme verse for 2023: “Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.”

The assembly gave participants a platform to air their concerns and provide feedback to the top leadership, which will p lay a significant role in continuously improving KMBI’s processes and systems. This solidifies the organization’s commitment to transparency and good governance.

Reinforcements on KMBI’s new and existing policies were among the highlights of the assembly, in which policymakers and process owners outlined the proper processes to be performed in the conduct of KMBI’s operations, which include but are not limited to human resources, product policies and risk management, among many others.

The assembly was also filled with insightful talks from renowned microfinance industry leaders and award-winning changemakers. Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of CARD-MRI, shared ways on how to maintain social and economic relevance today and tomorrow, amidst the local and global challenges in the microfinance industry. He tackled the importance of client-centric approach in providing microfinance services to clients.

This was followed by a discussion on developing environmental awareness and active participation for a sustainable society, facilitated by Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz, Scientist and Professor Emeritus and former Chancellor of UP Los Baños and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Awardee on Climate Change.

Capping off the plenary talks were insights on spiritual growth shared by Ms. Aneth Ng-Lim, KMBI Vice-Chairman & Trustee and Public Affairs and Corporate Citizenship Specialist, who tackled the essence of spiritual wellness and mental health amidst the demands of work and personal life.

The assembly closed with a commitment setting headed by leaders of Credit Operations Group, Executive Management Office, Transformational Development and Training Group, and Management Services Group. This is a manifestation of the organization’s efforts to achieving its goals for the year 2023, in line with its five-year business plan dubbed, “ARISE KMBI! Journey to 40 and Beyond”, which is the KMBI’s roadmap leading to its 40th year of service to microentrepreneurs and farmers.

The General Assembly is an annual gathering of KMBI leaders to discuss and lay down the plans for the year ahead.