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Reinforcing Agri Finance

The government’s goal to achieve financial inclusion rests on the capability of the rural banking sector to spur countryside development.

Such holistic growth depends on rural banks’ continued dedication to invest in agriculture and agrarian reform projects. Thus, the recent …

A matter of trust

Banking is a business of trust.

It involves money, which is important to practically everybody, and anything important ought to be protected and entrusted only to those worthy.

Among the poor, the trust in rural banks has always been there …

Big fish in a small pond

Our society tends to focus too much on size. “The bigger, the better,” they said. “Size matters!” others quipped. Often overlooked in our obsession with anything large is the quiet resiliency and efficiency of the little guys. While the big …

Taking care of our own

The spirit of “Bayanihan” was never more pronounced than the time the whole country bonded together in multi-pronged recovery and reconstruction efforts following the bout with super typhoon Yolanda. Political, religious, and ethnic differences were temporarily shelved in favor of …

Think big, aim high

In the face of the ever present stiff competition from bigger banking brethren, rural banks need to rapidly evolve and “be big enough” to remain efficient and profitable.

Rural banks will continue to have a niche market in the ultra-competitive …

Culture of sharing

Filipinos are well known for our hospitality and sharing. In fact, whenever we are eating, it is not uncommon for us to say kain na to a friend, officemate or even to a complete stranger who just happened to walk …

Time for review

The recent symposium of the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) held in November centered on relevance for this year’s theme, believing that it is high time to examine the significance of rural banking to the owners themselves, to …

Helping the helper

In the wake of the devastation brought by super typhoon Yolanda, the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) has proposed to some government agencies several rehabilitation measures to help rural banks and their respective staff and clients get back …

Time to be prudent

If there is one message the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda has so savagely delivered to numerous businesses in the country, it’s that the debilitating impact of natural calamities has been increasingly harder to predict, much less prepare for. Climate …