RETAIL BANKING | Tim Charlton, Philippines

LANDBANK's Alex Buenaventura to join the 2018 Retail Banking Forum in Manila as a panelist

He will share his insights on emerging technologies and the pressure on banks.

Alex Buenaventura, President, Land Bank of the Philippines will be a panelist at the Manila leg of the Retail Banking Forum 2018, to be held in Manila on 28 February at the Shangri-La Makati.

The brief interview below reveals his background, business philosophies, and what he can bring to the panel table.

What are your previous experiences and positions held that contributed to who you are as a banker today?
I have 36 years as a rural banker in Mindanao. I was the president of the rural bank One Network Bank which became the widest private bank branching infrastructure in Mindanao (until 2015) with 97 branches, most of which are located in municipalities unserved by commercial banks.

I created the first "Farmers Corporative" in 1988 by incorporating Panabo Agro-Industrial Corporative, Inc., a rice milling and trading corporation 70% owned by 263 individual small rice farmers with 600 hectares total planted area and 30% owned by the Rural Bank of Panabo (Davao del Norte), Inc.

What are your key business philosophies?
Focus on inclusive banking, branch expansion, products & services development, and fintech apps development.

Can you give us a glimpse of what you will share at the ABF Retail Banking Forum?
I will sit in a panel on emerging technologies and the pressure on banks. I will also share my LANDBANK experience in convincing 510 Agrarian Reform Farmers over 7 months last year for their Agrarian COOP (HARBCO) to enter into a Farmers Corporative Venture Agreement with DANA Fresh Fruits Corp., a big cavendish banana trading company, which will totally manage their consolidated farms covering 408 hectares.                                      

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