1st Valley Bank highlights microfinance & mobile phone banking services

In a visit to 1st Valley Bank branch in Cagayan de Oro City on January 30, a USAID delegation led by USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Gregory Beck and USAID/Philippines Mission Director Gloria D. Steele was oriented on the microfinance and mobile phone banking initiative of 1st Valley Bank, which has benefitted from focused technical assistance [...]

MABS and 1st Valley Bank visit GEM-Assisted small vegetable farmers in Malaybalay, Bukidnon

On December 16-17, a team composed of the RBAP-MABS Technical Specialist and 1st Valley Bank microfinance officers conducted an exposure visit to the Imbayao Community Participatory Action Research Association (ICPARA), an organized group of small vegetable farmers situated along the foothills of Mt. Kitanglad ranges in Malaybalay, Bukidnon. The ICPARA farming community is a good [...]

USAID visits First Valley Bank in Zamboanga City

A team from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Philippines conducted an exposure visit to First Valley Bank’s Zamboanga City branch on October 27. In the team were Ms. Gloria Steele, USAID/Philippines Mission Director; Ms. Ruth Levine, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Director of Evaluation of the USAID Bureau of Programs, Planning, and Learning; Mr. [...]

Rural banks tackle FRAUD in microfinance operations at RBAP-MABS Conference

Always a contentious yet lively discussion, fraud was addressed at the 2010 RBAP-MABS National Roundtable Conference in Manila on June 2-3.  Ms. Girlie Lopez, MABS Regional Coordinator for Visayas, kicked off the panel discussion by describing the many faces of fraud and providing a few helpful tips for bank management. At the loan solicitation stage, [...]