6th General Assembly

ga01The 6TH SIKAP BIDANI General Assembly was held last November 27, 2009. Clients from the Laguna, Quezon and Batangas came in droves. Around 2000 attended the assembly.

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The talents of SIKAP BIDANI’s client were showcased in different activities. The clients gladly accepted the different challenges to add fun during the General Assembly. Videoke and Dance contest was held dubbed as “Kahit Sino Pwede!”.

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The staff would not allow to be outdone by the clients. The BIDANERS composed of Managers, Field Staff and Office Staff performed a couple of songs which broke the house down. The clients could not ask for more. Their finale number was “Careless Whisper” all hell broke loose it was pandemonium!

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The client products were likewise featured via Trade fair there were 30 different booths. All branches participated in showcasing the products of their clients. The famous Luisiana’s Pandan Bags, Los Baños Ornamental Plants, Sta Cruz’s Bags, Lucban’s Pancit Hab-hab, Longaniza. You name it and the clients have it.

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Invited guests, Former DILG and Governor of Laguna, Secretary Joey D. Lina and Municipal Mayor of Los Baños Caesar Perez and Barangay batong Malake Chairman Nilo Lapis graced the occasion. All delivered a message for the occasion. In fact both Sec. Lina and Mayor Perez entertained the clients with their rendition of songs and generosity to the delight of the clients.


One major highlights of the 6th General Assembly was the awarding of plaques and cash awards to Outstanding clients of SIKAP BIDANI. The awardees were thankful of their recognition they did not expect. They just did their job as leaders of the centers. Their recognition was not on their mind their utmost concern was the welfare of their members and commitment with Sikap Bidani’s Mission Vision. The awardees posted a challenged to the other clients to be the next awardees.

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Once again the staff was challenge by the tremendous showcase of our client talent. The Executive Director called the staff for an impromptu presentation. Without hesitation all field staff led by the Branch Managers dance to the tune of “Nobody” to the delight of the clients. All clients went gaga over their FCO’s, ABM’s and BM’s.

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If you think that was enough for the 6th General Assembly you are mistaken a raffle draw that has a grand prize of a Tricycle awaits a winner and the finale of the program. No client went home empty handed a gift packed was distributed to all clients who attended the assembly.

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We closed the General Assembly with a big bang by announcing the grand prize winner. It was really an event to remember. In the end we bid goodbye and hope to see everyone again in two years time.

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What is SIKAP BIDANI?

WordPress and PhotobucketSIKAP BIDANI, a non-stock, non-profit organization is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in April 2003. SIKAP is accredited by the BIDANI Development Foundation, Inc. as the new intermediary micro-lending institution to continue servings clients in villages in Laguna and Region IV covered by the BIDANI Network Program.

The micro-lending program of SIKAP is managed independently and separately as a complementary service program of the BIDANI Network social action/extension program of the academe. SIKAP provides technical, financial and material assistance to rural and urban poor families in BIDANI villages in the province of Laguna, Philippines.

SIKAP is an acronym that stands for “Sipag, Ipon at Kaalaman Aming Puhunan sa Kaunlaran (Industriousness, Savings, Skills, our Investment to Progress)”. BIDANI stands for “Barangay Integrated Development Approach for Nutrition Improvement”. These concepts are important elements and ingredients in the success of the micro-finance program of SIKAP BIDANI, which is headed by a Board of Trustees, and managed by competent officers and staff of the foundation.

SIKAP BIDANI uses the modified Grameen Bank Approach (GBA) as espoused by Dr. Muhammad Yunus of the Economics Department, Chittagong University, Bangladesh. Through this approach, SIKAP BIDANI provides loans to women without passing through the rigid requirements of a traditional lending agency like the banks.

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