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Growth spurt

The rural banking industry is now starting to feel the effects of the policies laid down by regulators to encourage more growth among rural banks.

In the coming months, 13 rural and cooperative banks will get to open new branches …

More than business

Our resiliency as a nation is once again tried after a series of natural catastrophes hit most parts of the country as the fourth quarter of this year draws in. As natural disasters strike, even the wealthiest, best-prepared countries can …

Relevancy and necessity

Inclusive growth remains an elusive dream. While rural banks have focused on the area of countryside development, there remains an enormous gap between the have’s and have not’s, particularly in the area of access to banking. As indicated in an …

Take a bow

For the most part, save for the areas they operate in, rural banks are an unheralded lot. They go about their business as quietly as possible, rarely receiving the national recognition and headlines bigger banks usually get. Rural banks usually …

Making it count

What does earning an investment grade of “Baa3 with positive outlook” mean for ordinary Filipinos? For all the hoopla generated by the recent rating uptick given by Moody’s Investors Service, it could still mean little for our kababayans, especially for …

In safe hands

Recently, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported that the personal remittances from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) grew from 6.4 percent to $13.9 billion for the first half of 2013, compared to the same period a year ago. The sustained growth …