Why this will be the most fun Summit ever!

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By Allan Robert I. Sicat, Executive Director, Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc.

Allan Robert I. Sicat
Executive Director

Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc.

The Philippines takes pride in places and activities that are more fun to go to and do. The 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit must be more fun in the Philippines as well!

On October 9 – 11, 2013, the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. and the Microcredit Summit Campaign will bring together government regulators, microfinance practitioners, product design experts, providers of support services, and advocates for the 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, Philippines.

MCPI invites the stakeholders and advocates of the microfinance industry in the country to participate and highlight the success of partnerships in microfinance in the Philippines to the global community.

In the Philippines, the Farmer’s Entrepreneurship Program (FEP, read about itview a PPT), a project implemented in partnership by the National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC), Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF), and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is being implemented by Luzon and Mindanao involving local government units and microfinance institutions.

FEP has shown that with the right agro-enterprise training and guidance, small farmers can act collectively and meet the volume, quality, and delivery requirements of companies.

We look forward to welcoming counterparts from other nations who bring with them their own inspiring stories of public-private partnerships. Together, let us examine what makes them thrive. Let us discover innovations that can be replicated in our respective communities. The number of possibilities is as many and varied as the participants. What better place to advance our goals than at the 2013 Microcredit Summit?

On top of the knowledge-sharing experience, varied, too, are the sights that our 7,107 islands offer. When you come to the Philippines, be prepared to explore natural and historical landmarks such as…

…the Puerto Princesa underground river, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature

…the world-renowned white sand beaches of Boracay

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…diving in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park and marvel at the diversity of its marine species.

We also have historical landmarks right at the metro if you choose to see nearby sights.

It will be much more fun if you join us at the 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit!

  • Go here to Register
  • Go here to give your ideas for sessions or speakers that would like to see at the Summit
  • Go here to learn about how you could become a sponsor of the Summit

Helping Haiti Recover

The world is mobilizing to address the massive earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday, dealing a horrific blow to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The reported epicenter of the earthquake is a highly populated area known to house many of Port-au-Prince’s poorest families. The International Red Cross estimates that one-third of the island nation’s 9 million people have been displaced by the earthquake and many thousands are dead.

This disaster requires both immediate emergency relief and longer term rebuilding efforts. Microfinance will play a crucial role in the financing needs that inevitably arise from this type of catastrophe as Haitians look to rebuild their country.

Please Donate Today

Below are microfinance organizations participating directly in relief and recovery work among earthquake victims in Haiti. Click on the organization link below to donate:




Below are other organizations that include microfinance as a part of their work in Haiti, and are currently focused on providing immediate humanitarian assistance: