KMBI Celebrates Ganding’s Citi Microentrepreneurship Award in GenSan

KMBI, together with the Microfinance Council of the Philippines (CMA) and Citibank Foundation, celebrated the victory of Ms. Marisa Ganding for being hailed as Special Awardee for Start-up Microbusinesses during the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards in December 2018. The town hall celebration was held at Mix N' Magic Restaurant, General Santos City last March 24, 2019.

Ms. Ganding, a spa owner with three branches in Mindanao and counting, spoke of how KMBI became part of her achievement. She thanked the institution for giving her an opportunity to develop her business, taking her to where she is right now.

Following the celebration was a whole day of intensive enterprise training courtesy of Bayan Academy, participated by 50 KMBI Program Members.

Among those gracing the occasion were KMBI President, Mr. Eduardo C. Jimenez; MCPI Executive Director, Mr. Allan Robert Sicat and City Councilor, Atty. Jun Lagare. This event was also made possible by the efforts of the Credit Operations Group and the Entrepreneurial Development Division under the Transformational Development and Training Group.

Ms. Ganding was the 2017 winner of the KMBI Story Caravan, a search for outstanding microentrepreneurs and a platform to recognize their contributions in their communities.

BFP Conducts Fire Safety and Earthquake Drill at KMBI Head Office

KMBI conducted its annual Fire Safety and Earthquake Drill last June 28 at KMBI Panay Office. The lecture was in coordination with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Paligsahan Fire Station. Fire officer Marvin Lamban led the orientation to the KMBI employees.

The BFP provides orientation to different organizations, establishments and households to impart basic knowledge on the nature and behavior of fire and to be familiar with the proper response procedures during fire emergency. This will also help increase awareness on fire safety and be more prepared in case of a fire incident. The BFP is also mandated to prevent and suppress destructive fires, conduct investigation, provide emergency medical and rescue services.

The fire and earthquake drill is in compliance with Republic Act 9514, otherwise known as the Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008, which mandates educating people on fire safety procedures and protocols.

KMBI Partners with Asian Theological Seminary

The Asian Theological Seminary (ATS), in partnership with KMBI, conducted a lecture entitled “The Integration of Faith, Scholarship and Life: A Reformational Perspective” last June 27, 2019 held at ATS, Quezon City.

Dr. Yong John Choi from Handong Global University, South Korea discussed the models of scholarship and faith. Joining the seminar were Dr.Tim Gener, ATS Chancellor; KMBI General Counsel and Data Privacy Officer, Atty. Romel Bagares; and KMBI Chairman, Mr. David D. Guitierrez. Other institutions also participated in the lecture including REACH Discipleship Ministries Inc. and Pinoy Ako Insurance Services (PAIS), Inc..

The free public lecture is a promotional activity for a new elective course on Christianity, Politics, and Society that will be offered by the Asian Theological Seminary (ATS) this August under a visiting sponsorship supported by KMBI.

The lecture signals the beginning of future endeavors towards the application of the different aspects of Integral Transformation in the workplace and in the communities, being served by Christian development organizations such as KMBI.

CLC Empowers More than 10,000 Women Leaders Nationwide

A total of 10,300 KMBI Program Members from all KMBI Branches participated in the recently concluded Center Leaders' Conference (CLC) since January 2019. Program Members from other partner microfinance institutions, such as Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc. (TSKI) and UPLIFT Philippines Inc., also joined the series of events.

The programs were made possible through the joint efforts of the Transformational Development and Training Group (TDTG), Management Services Group (MSG) and Credit Operations Group (COG).

Among the topics discussed was responsible citizenship in which KMBI encouraged community leaders to become movers of the nation by actively participating in national events including the recent May 2019 elections. The CLC also imparted financial literacy tips to the participants.

The conferences concluded with a livelihood seminar that taught Program Members how to make beaded accessories, such as earrings, bracelet and necklace.

The events were in coordination with KMBI Partners: First Life Financial Co., Pinoy Ako Insurance Services (PAIS), Standard Insurance, Philippine Bible Society, Philippine Cancer Society, KMBI Development Foundation Inc. (KDFI) and APPEND Inc.

The CLC is a capacity-building program which aims to enhance the leadership capacities of center leaders to make them better in dealing with people and managing their communities.