Updates on the BAP-Credit Bureau

Mr. Leonilo ‘Topper’ Coronel, Managing Director of the Bankers Association of the Philippines Credit Bureau (BAP-CB), presented the private credit bureau’s latest changes and activities to participants of the 2011 RBAP-MABS National Roundtable last May 23-24 in Manila. He shared the latest developments in the effort of BAP-CB and a consortium of microfinance institutions’ (MFIs) to build a responsive credit information system for the microfinance sector. (see Philippine Star article)

He reported the over 60% growth in the number of participating rural banks from 28 to 46 in May 2011, attributing this increase to the BAP-CB’s efforts to reach out …

New Developments in the BAP-Credit Bureau

By: MABS Microfinance Specialist Bernabe Bunao Jr.

One of the keys to successful lending operations is to properly screen out clients who are over-indebted or with poor credit histories. This is becoming increasingly important as the sector becomes more competitive than ever before.  A useful tool to manage and mitigate these inherent risks is through the practice of credit sharing among lenders.  Rural banks are fortunate to have the opportunity to make use of private credit bureaus such as the Bankers Association of the Philippines – Credit Bureau (BAP-CB).
BAP-Credit Bureau offers functional online credit information services that pave the

The Benefits of the BAP-Credit Bureau for Rural Banks

Getting accurate, timely and objective credit information in a cost efficient way is one of the serious challenges that rural banks with microfinance operations face in making credit decisions.  The long-standing practice of pre-screening a loan application through field information gathering is costly and slow, and delays loan approval process. It is anticipated that a national credit information system mandated by the Credit Information System Act (or CISA) will help in addressing this challenge. However, getting the system up and running may still take sometime.

Meanwhile, rural banks can turn to the existing credit information services offered by the Bankers …