Hineleban Foundation’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Urooj S. Malik, spoke as one of the panelists that discussed “Agribusiness – rethinking food as a source of income and security” during the 11th Philippine Forum held on November 8, 2016, at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City. The Forum with the theme of “Countryside, Countrywide: Change Beyond the Centre”, hopes to contribute to the advancement of financial literacy and especially in demystifying finance to a wider audience in the business sector and also the investing public in the provinces. Some 300 participants were invited to the Forum.
Dr. Malik was joined by other panelists, namely: Dr. Antonis Malagardis, Program Director of GIZ Regulatory Framework Promotion of Pro-poor Insurance Markets in Asia, Ms. Yuko Tanaka, Senior Representative of JICA Philippines; Mr. Joselito Gutierrez, Senior Vice President and Head of the Mindanao Lending Group of Landbank; Mr. Arthur Baria, Head of Agricultural Services of Nestlé Philippines; and Mr. Tim Coliver, Chairman of PlantAsian. The forum was moderated by Mr. Bayani Cruz, Executive Director of The Asset.
Dr. Malik apprised the participants of the models of Hineleban that have been now implemented in Bukidnon and Bangsamoro to promote peace and inclusive development. These include rainforestation model for conservation and livelihood development and the cooperative-corporate joint venture partnership, which are designed to facilitate more equitable distribution of the benefits of growth and investment between the communities and the companies involved.