Appraca Centrab

Exploring Progressive Modes of economic and financial cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region

Partner Institutions

CENTRAB relies on a pool of institutions from central bank, development banks, rural and cooperative banks, commercials, financial non-government organizations, training and regulatory institutions, and government agencies which have experienced and/or expertise in a particular training program.

  • Inclusive Finance Advocacy Staff, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) – the government’s supervisory/regulatory arm of financial institutions in the country.
  • Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) – is the oldest bank in the Philippines still in operation and is country’s third largest bank in the country in terms of assets, the country’s largest bank in terms of market, capitalization, and the country’s most profitable bank.
  • Benpres Holdings Corporation – is the first holding company in the country to be certified by IiP Philippines for Investors in People Standard in October 2009. The firm was incorporated in 1993 by the Lopez family to serve as the holding company for investments in three major sectors: broadcasting and cable, telecommunications, power generation and distribution.
  • Bureau of Women and Young Workers, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) – central coordinating body for efforts directed towards the development, employment and protection of women.
  • Bureau of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BMSMED) –mandated to develop and promote micro, small and medium enterprises in the country by advocating policies, programs and projects addressing the specific needs of the MSMEs in the areas of market access, human resource development and technology upgrading
  • Center for International Trade Exposition and Missions (CITEM) – helps exporters develop their core competencies in the areas of marketing, promotion and capacity building.
  • Cooperative Bank Federation of the Philippines (BANGKOOP) – is the national federation of cooperative banks that are owned by cooperatives whose members are mostly agrarian reform beneficiaries. Its main objective is the socio-economic empowerment of the masses through the promotion, organization and strengthening of cooperative banks in all the 80 provinces of the country.
  • Cooperative Development Authority – the regulatory arm in the cooperative industry.
  • Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutual Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI) – a global leader in the microfinance industry owned and led by members, upholding the core values of excellence, competence, integrity, family-spirit, humility and simplicity. It is a 2008 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Public Service.
  • Development Bank of the Philippine (DBP) – a government bank mandated to provide medium and long-term financing needs of enterprises with emphasis on small and medium scale industries, particularly in the countryside.
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – a government agency mandated to provide assistance to local government units, non-government organizations, other national government agencies, people’s organization and other members of civil society that will alleviate poverty and empower disadvantaged individuals, families and communities for an improved quality of life.
  • First Philippine Industrial Corporation – a private corporation that owns and operates the sole, largest commercial oil pipeline in the country, transporting crude and refine petroleum products from Batangas to Metro Manila.
  • First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) – is a 315 hectare modern industrial estate located in the CALABARZON area that offers world class infrastructure, excellent customer service, support system designed to respond to the needs of global companies. The firm received their IiP Certification last January 2010.
  • GM Bank – is a top rural bank in the rice capital of the Philippines (Nueva Ecija) which attributes its leadership to the strategic fusions and partnerships it has nurtured over the years bringing it to the about P2 billion in assets and more than 70,000 clients. One of the successful business relationships is the RBAP-MABS and GCASH venture on mobile banking.
  • Green Bank – is a large, private, rural bank with operations predominantly in Mindanao and the Visayas regions of the Philippines. Through a microfinance unit established in 1999, Green Bank lends capital to poor rural and semi-urban micro-entrepreneurs.
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) – a governmental agency in Japan which is responsible for the technical cooperation of Japan’s Official Development Assistance Programs aimed as transferring technology and knowledge that can contribute to the socio-economic development of developing countries.
  • Land Bank of the Philippines – the largest formal credit institution in the countryside and services more than 5,000 cooperatives and farmers groups benefitting about 500,000 small farmers and fish folk.
  • Microenterprise Access to Banking Services (MABS) Office – MABS program is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented in partnership with Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP). The program was designed to accelerate national economic transformation by encouraging the Philippine rural banking industry to significantly expand access to microfinance.
  • Meralco Management and Leadership Development Center (MMLDC) Foundation, Inc. – an educational foundation that specialize in providing training solution within the total ambience. IiP certified since September 2009.
  • Peoples Credit and Finance Corporation (PCFC) – a lead government entity specifically tasked to mobilize resources to provide microfinance services for the exclusive use of the poor.
  • People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) – is a strictly professional, non-stock, non-for-profit organization of over 1,800 member companies and individual management executives engages or interested in human resource management (HRM) and industrial relations(IR) work.
  • Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) – designs and develops training curricula and corresponding instructional materials and conducts training programs for micro, small and medium enterprises, business support organizations and government sector.
  • Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) – a government agency mandated to spur the growth and diversification of exports by attracting foreign investors to develop or put up export manufacturing plants or regional warehouses in world class environmentally friendly economic zones.
  • Planters Development Bank (PDB) – one of the biggest cooperative banks in the country with P2 billion resources.
  • National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW) – advisory body to the President and the Cabinet on policies and programs for the advancement of women.
  • RMC Manufacturing Inc. – a manufacturing firm engaged in the production and distribution of innovative medical products and programs. IiP certified since November 2009.
  • Senate of the Philippines – Legislative body of the Philippines
  • The Haven, National Center for Women – established in response to the need for a comprehensive program for women in disadvantaged situations.
  • Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Women’s Center (TWC) – is the only skills training center for women in the country and the first technical vocational training institute in Asia to earn the silver level accreditation status from the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission. TWC stands as symbol of the Filipino Women’s capability to engage in livelihood and wealth creation.

The diverse background of these institutions ensure exhaustive treatment of each training program from different perspectives and comprehensive learning and sharing of experiences in the field of sustainable development.

Upcoming Activities

  • International Leadership Enhancement Course for Women Executive Cum Exposure Visit on Innovative Women Empowerment Program
  • International Study Visit Program on Agricultural Financing
  • International Study Visit Program on Innovative and Inclusive Financing Options for MSMEs
  • International Program on Team Management Skills
  • International Study Visit Program on Agricultural Financing and SME Development Initiatives, Indonesia Perspective