group attend CARD MRI study tour
December 13, 2018
SAN PABLO CITY –
Thirteen media practitioners from Samar-Leyte provinces attended the
study tour for media organized by CARD Mutually Reinforcing
Institutions (CARD MRI) on November 23, 2018 in Calbayog, Samar.
The study tour aims to
give the media participants firsthand experience on the actual
implementation of CARD MRI programs and services. “We have been
doing this study tour regularly for our media partners to inspire
them on how microfinance and community development work in
eradicating poverty in the country,” said Cyrene Grace DC. Lubigan,
CARD MRI Publishing House Manager.
The tour started with a
center meeting where participants were exposed on the implementation
of microfinance program of CARD MRI on the field. They visited two
organized centers within Calbayog. The two centers were established
and managed by the clients of Center for Agriculture and Rural
Development (CARD), Inc., a microfinance NGO and member institution
of CARD MRI.
The center meeting is a
weekly gathering of CARD clients in the community where they discuss
various development-oriented agenda. It is also during this time
where when Account Officers of CARD conduct Credit-with-Education (CwE),
a program designed to educate and inform the clients about topics
related to CARD MRI’s products and services, health, livelihood,
credit discipline, and disaster preparedness, among others.
According to Ike Macasa of
Samar Sunday Star-Calbayog, the study tour is a once in a lifetime
experience. “The immersion we did in the community made me
appreciate the efforts of many development organizations like CARD
to fight poverty. Now, my part is to push small entrepreneurs in our
community to be involved in this kind of initiative,” he added.
Participants also attended
the Kaunlaran Caravan where CARD MRI showcased its development
programs on health, education, livelihood, financial literacy, and
“It was really a wonderful
experience joining the Lakbay Aral for Media of CARD MRI with the
other media participants from Catbalogan and Tacloban. I am inspired
on how the marginalized communities in the areas improve their
businesses with the support of CARD,” shared Genaro Navilon,
broadcaster of DYOG Radyo Pilipinas-Calbayog.
Another series of study
tour for media is expected to be organized by CARD MRI in 2019. CARD
MRI is a group of 21 development-oriented institutions that aims to
eradicate poverty in the country by providing microfinance and
community development programs.