KMBI Leadership Camp Concludes In Davao

KMBI successfully mounted its biennial Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEaD) Camp at the SMX Premier, Lanang, Davao City, empowering more than 800 KMBI staff.

With the theme “Live a Holy Life. Accomplish God’s Purpose!”, the gathering was held last April 18, 2018. Mr. David D. Gutierrez, KMBI Chairman, opened this year’s camp. In his opening remarks, he urged the staff to practice godliness at all times by veering away from earthly customs.

Becoming a Living Sacrifice

The whole-day conference was also graced by Pastor Josephus Ed “Jebo” Banzuelo. In his plenary talk, he dissected this year’s theme verse of Romans 12:1-2 which says, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

The afternoon session teemed with talks in the form of breakout sessions. Dr. Gloria P. Jimenez acquainted the Board and Management with the fundamentals of succession planning.

Meanwhile, Deputy Executive Director for Transformational Development and Training Group, Ms. Hazel Christine R. Bayaca, imparted basic business writing tips to supervisory staff.

Dr. Jasmin J. Jamora, a Dermatologist by profession, also shared her knowledge and encouraged all support staff to work with joy in their hearts.

In another breakout session, Deputy Executive Director for Credit Operations Group, Ms. Rachelle M. Basiya, together with KMBI President, Mr. Eduardo Jimenez, facilitated an adult-learning way of enhancing center meetings for the Program Officers.

An Evening Full of Fairy Tales and Magic

One of the highlights of the event was the Disney musical night, hosted by Mati Branch Manager, Mr. Zerbrian Blantucas, and Pampanga Area Manager, Ms. Cashmere Cayaban. All 14 areas went up to enliven the night with their musical performances. Davao area, for the fourth time in a row, swept the first prize with their interpretation of the classic animated Disney film, Mulan.

Coinciding with the Disney musical performances is the awarding of 22 outstanding KMBI staff and the top 5 branches for the year 2017. Tandang Sora retained its spot as the most outstanding branch.

The KMBI LEaD Camp is a biennial conference that aims to gather all regular KMBI staff, enhance their knowledge and skills, and promote oneness amongst them. This activity seeks to bring a renewal of thoughts and feelings, share best practices in relation to their duties & responsibilities, and help staff determine their respective roles & contributions in the redemption process and towards God’s grand design.

BFP Conducts Fire Prevention Seminar at HO Valenzuela

This fire prevention month, KMBI through the facilitation of the Bureau of Fire Protection Valenzuela City Chapter, held its annual Fire Prevention Seminar at the Head Office in Karuhatan, Valenzuela last March 22, 2018.

Staff from the Head Office and Valenzuela Branch were briefed on safety procedures during fire as well as basic survival techniques, including the proper use of fire extinguishers and sounding of alarms.

The seminar is being done annually to refresh the awareness of staff to prevent fire incidents and casualties.

KMBI Corporate Members Hold Annual Assembly

Background Standing (L-R): Mr. Sergio G. Edeza, Trustee; Eduardo C. Jimenez, President and Vice-Chairman; Mr. Edgardo F. Garcia; Mr. Lemuel David A. Salmo, Trustee, Dr. Rodolfo P. Estigoy, Trustee; Atty. Romel R. Bagares, Corporate Secretary. Foreground Sitting (L-R): Ms. Mila M. Bunker, Trustee; David D. Gutierrez, Chairman and Vice-President, Dr. Virginia P. Juan, Trustee

Corporate Members of KMBI, once again, gathered for the Annual General Membership (AGM) Meeting at the KMBI Head Office in Valenzuela City last February 24, 2018. Elections of the Board of Trustees also took place during the AGM. Mr. David D. Gutierrez remains the Chairman of the Board, and Mr. Eduardo C. Jimenez as the President.

There has been no change in the roster of the Board of Trustees, which therefore continues to be as follows: Corporate Secretary, Atty. Romel R. Bagares; Corporate Treasurer, Mr. Edgardo F. Garcia; and Trustees Ms. Mila M. Bunker; Dr. Virginia P. Juan; Mr. Sergio G. Edeza; Dr. Rodolfo P. Estigoy; and Mr. Lemuel David A. Salmo. Corporate Members were also present during the AGM: Mr. Sebastian Quiniones, Mr. Kak Sin Koo, Bishop Jose D. Dalino, and Mrs. Lydia Malot.

It is KMBI’s intention to admit as corporate members in the next three years, one representative each from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao from our Program Members. This is KMBI’s small nod to the principles of democratization, participation and empowerment for our Program Members. While they may not be nominated nor elected into the Board of Trustees because of obvious conflict of interest in having them sit in the Board, this is an important step towards giving them a voice in the Corporation. In due time, they may also be asked to sit as non-voting members of the various permanent and standing committees of the Board.

Furthermore, the Chairman and President lauded the hard work of everyone in bringing the organization’s vision into action. “We are grateful to the men and women of KMBI who have been serving faithfully through the years, to foster KMBI as a ministry of God, discerning His path for this Microfinance NGO and for the strength and grace, and in many ways to achieve the success KMBI has today.” the report added.

Pursuant to the Corporate Code and By-Laws of KMBI, the AGM is being held every fourth Saturday of February each year for the purpose of informing the Corporate Members the accomplishments and financial position of the organization, and electing new set of Board of Trustees.