KMBI Celebrates 35th Year of Serving The Poor

On its 35th year, KMBI handed out 35 tablets to Program Members through nomination of Regional Directors and via an online giveaway on KMBI’s official Facebook page, to aid deserving KMBI Program Members in their online business and their children’s schooling needs.

This was part of KMBI’s weeklong celebration of its 35th anniversary which started on November 22, 2021. Selected KMBI staff were invited to join a Kapihan session/meet-and-greet with the KMBI President, Mr. Eduardo C. Jimenez. It served as a platform for participants to discuss issues and concerns with the head of the organization, with the aim of instilling transparency, open communication and unity among staff.

Leading tomorrow’s workplace with a positive outlook

KMBI 2021 Leadership Conference

Coinciding with the anniversary celebration is the first virtual conduct of KMBI Leadership Conference, a biennial meet of all KMBI staff. The four-day event, with the theme “TURN IT UP: Let’s lead tomorrow’s workplace today!” focused on the damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of staff, and how these can be overturned in order to acclimatize to the new normal workplace.

The conference prepared 12 pre-event breakout sessions with topics of diverse interests where participants were given opportunity to learn new hobbies and commune with others who share similar interests, thus establishing strong social support with one another, which is crucial during these times.

Highlights of the event included plenary talks from Ms. Perry Cartera, General Secretary of Philippine Bible Society, who discussed the essence of “Valuing lessons learned amidst the pandemic for personal growth”; Mr. David D. Gutierrez, KMBI Chairman, on “Building a culture of organizational empathy for team productivity and innovation”; and Mr. Eduardo C. Jimenez, KMBI President, with insights on “Stimulating our faith muscles as the DNA for our organizational growth”.

The conference also featured personal accounts from KMBI staff who had gone through devastating experiences during the height of the pandemic, and how their faith in the Almighty had enabled them to come out stronger and recover from the heartaches caused by the current situation.

A payback to communities

A bakal bote collector in Quezon City being handed a food pack and COVID-19 care kit

The weeklong celebration concluded with an outreach activity held last November 27. KMBI Head Office staff partnered with KMBI Development Foundation, Inc., For His Glory Multipurpose Cooperative, and Martha’s Hot Kitchen to feed displaced families, street dwellers and ambulant “bakal bote” collectors in different areas in Quezon City.

Present during the activity were KMBI President, Mr. Eduardo C. Jimenez, and KMBI Trustee, Mr. Lemuel David A. Salmo, who oversaw the preparation and personally distributed the items to more than 600 recipients.

All KMBI branches nationwide also held coordinated outreach efforts by distributing KMBI CARE PACKs (Protection Against COVID-19 Kits) to chosen beneficiaries within their community.

KMBI Solano Branch reaching out to inmates of Solano District Jail

This year’s anniversary theme, “We Are Stronger Together, Kabalikat!” is a callback to the years leading up to the 35th year of KMBI as well as a testament of God’s mercy in keeping KMBI strong and united amidst the past and present challenges. It is a statement of confidence that the organization has renewed strength and unity to continue in the years to come.

KMBI Marks Partnership with Shopee Philippines through Online Selling Webinar

A collaboration with Shopee Philippines, “BRING YOUR PRODUCTS ONLINE” is a webinar that aims to encourage Program Members and staff to consider the use of online selling method as preparation for the transition to new normal.

The first leg of the webinar was conducted last September 23, 2021 for Luzon and Visayas participants composed of 50 Program Members and staff, followed by the second leg held last October 28, 2021, participated by 32 Program Members and staff from Mindanao.

This is KMBI’s response to the plight of the microentrepreneurs in continuing to operate their microbusinesses under the new normal. Participants are expected to learn the process of becoming a Shopee online seller and its corresponding benefits.

This collaboration is made possible by PSD-EDD under the Transformational Development and Training Group.