NAGA CITY — Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal Foundation Bikol (CCMF-Bikol) launched its 10th year celebration with the theme: “Harnessing Hope: Celebrating Doña Chito’s Legacy.”
Over 400 CCMF-Bikol beneficiaries gathered last May 13, 2015 at the SM Naga Event Center to take part in the groundbreaking event.
CCMF- Bikol Chief Executive Officer Fr. Wilmer S. Tria also announced the three major activites for this year’s celebration: (1) Concert Series for the Benefit of Scholarship Program, (2) CCMF-Bikol Pabahay Raffle, and (3) Pilgrimage to Madrigal Masoleum.
“Tingog CCMF-Bikol Singing Contest,” was also a highlight of the event as 6 Microfinance beneficiaries coming from different branches performed “Boses ni Lolo” and a pop song chosen by them. The father-and-daughter tandem of Edmundo and Crystin Dacara of Pili Branch was hailed as winner, bringing home the P10,000 cash.
CCMF-Bikol was founded by Dona Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal in 2004 with a vision of helping Bikolano families out of poverty. It started as a funding agency providing financial resources to implementing partners in 2004.
In 2005, CCMF-Bikol began implementing its 10-year plan that paved the way for extensive developments in the organization. Its pro-poor programs are housing, microfinance, scholarship, and farming.
After a decade in service of the Bikolanos, CCMF-Bikol offers different loan products. Microfinace members, now numbering 9,200, may avail of a Special Loan, Multi-purpose loan, and a Livelihood Loan. Savings, Insurance and facilitation of SSS Membership were also introduced as a full support to clients’ financial growth.
Aside from providing financial services to micro-entrepreneurs, CCMF-Bikol also assists their spiritual needs.
Mass Weddings, Mass Confirmations, and Mass Baptisms were organized. This is in response to the call of Caceres Archbishop Most Rev. Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OC DD, that in a micro-enterprise, one should have macro-faith.
The Housing Program has 151 beneficiaries in its two CHITO Communities. As an outreach, CCMF-Bikol facilitated a book donation and mini-library construction for the Vicente Heights Kids. For livelihood assistance, CCMF-Bikol conducts trainings to home partners and organized “pili contract growing.” J. Emmanuel Pastries, with its project themed as “PILIpinas,” commits to buy the harvest.
From the Vicente Heights Subdivision to Madrigal Homes, here comes the third CHITO Community, the Consuelo “Chito” Heights. Standing on a 3-hectare land in Pacol Naga City, it offers a home for as low as P2, 500 pesos monthly. With 21.1 sq m floor area and 50 sq m lot area, the Gizela Rowhouse is the answer to a poor family’s dream of a home. Gizela Rowhouse is now open for applicants who will one day receive the title to the land.
The Madrigal Farming and Training Program has conducted trainings for the farmers of San Fernando, Camarines Sur. Its partnerships with the Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Aquatic Resources and Fisheries, Local Government of San Fernando, and San Fernando Organic Farmers Association, made these projects possible.
The scholarship program has 102 graduates; 50 are cum laude and 8 are magna cum laude.
In it’s 10th Year, CCMF-Bikol continues to be a torch of hope as it build more dreams, change more lives: as its legacy to the Bikol region.