As a Christian organization, we believe we are called in order to fulfill Christ’s commission to give His hope to our neighbors, to proclaim the good news of His saving grace and loving kindness to all (Luke 4:18). We recruit, train and empower our field personnel so that they can provide genuine, authentic, and effective witnessing of God’s love, knowing that whatever we do for “one of the least of these brothers and sisters,” we do it for Jesus (Matthew 25:40).
TSPI supports the urban agriculture project of the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI), which aims to ensure the availability and accessibility of safe and fresh vegetables in the urban areas. The project is under the DA’s “Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra sa Covid-19” (ALPAS sa COVID-19) Program. The project partnership was formed and represented by none other than DA Honorable Secretary William D. Dar along with BPI Director George Y. Culaste and TSPI Chairman Atty. Lamberto L. Meer and President Rene E. Cristobal.
Caring for TSPI family during COVID-19 Pandemic This first issue of TSPI Newsletter highlights how TSPI cares for its clients, employees and their families amidst the prolonged COVID-19 quarantine period through its contingency program. TSPI is more than grateful for how God has sustained its operations, with a strong UGNAYAN - combined and determined efforts of the field personnel, Support Groups, Senior Management and the Board of Trustees. TSPI is also one with its partners consisting of private and non-government organizations, national agencies and local government in all the efforts towards good health, safety and livelihood protection and recovery. Hence, TSPI continues to deliver its programs and services, bringing hope and good news to the communities…pressing on towards the mission!
“Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng tumulong sa amin. Tunay po na tulay kayo sa pag-unlad ng mga magsasakang tulad naming. Kayo po ang nagbigay sa amin ng lakas ng loob at tumulong para kami ay magkaroon ng pagkakaisa, pagkakaunawaan at pagbibigayan. Maraming salamat po sa TSPI. “ (Thanks to all who helped us. Indeed you are the bridge to progress for farmers like us. You gave us the confidence and support that we need to build unity, understanding and kindness toward one aother. Thank you very much TSPI.) – Noelito Salvador, president, MASIFAGCA pangkabuhayan, Inc.
A lot of changes occurred in the midst of the pandemic, such as closure of businesses, loss of jobs and overall decline of the economy. During this time, I learned and strive to deepen my relationship with Christ and to spread the Good News. It is for this reason and through the prompting of the Holy Spirit that I was able to start a Children’s Ministry last July 2020 right in our backyard.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Atty. Lamberto L. Meer
“We all have been planted in TSPI to bear fruit, to bloom for God’s glory.”
It has been 35 years since I was given the opportunity to serve the Lord through this organization, and I had not even realized it. It is indeed a great privilege for which I shall be forever grateful. Through the years, many men and women have come and gone, each sharing his or her God-given talents, thus enabling TSPI to be of service to the poor, to stand through storms and to hold on to its mission. We all have been planted in TSPI to bear fruit, to bloom for God’s glory. Surely, it has been God at work!
As we begin another year, it is worthwhile to remind ourselves of who we are and what we are here for. As a Christian Microenterprise Development organization, we are committed to serving our clients and one another, by being good stewards of what God has entrusted us and by faithfully carrying out the responsibilities that God has put on our shoulders. Consequently, we must be mindful that we are accountable to God, who deserves nothing but excellent and integrity. All these must be reflected in the way we govern the organization and ultimately in the quality of our service to our clients.
Let us be grateful to God for His all-sufficient grace and blessings, especially in 2019. Though we struggled, we marked a milestone in the life of the organization. We are inspired by the heart of the mission and refreshed by the core values that we uphold.
A special thanksgiving for having on board our new Executive Director, Ms. Alice Z. Cordero, who came at a very opportune time and who open-heartedly embraced the TSPI mission. Likewise we are thankful to the Board of Trustees for their voluntary service, for our passionate Senior Management, for our untiring front liners – the Branch personnel, for our dedicated head office personnel, for our supportive alliances and last but not the least for our inspiring clients, who always remind us of our privilege to serve. God has brought us here to work and bear fruits together. This is our mission field. Microlending is only a tool for us to be missionaries for God’s kingdom.
It has been 38 fruitful years for TSPI. May God’s glory continue to be manifested as we move forward into the many more years of service in God’s mission field.
TO SEE PEOPLE LIVE CHRIST-CENTERED LIVES WITH DIGNITY, SUFFICIENCY, INTEGRITY AND HOPE; DEMONSTRATING THIS THROUGH LOVE AND SERVICE IN THEIR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES
TO PROVIDE INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE FULLNESS OF LIFE IN CHRIST THROUGH CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
“Dapat unahin si Lord at gagawa ka din, mag-ipon para sa pangarap.” (“God should be first and you should also do your part, save for your dream”) Nibukadrizad R. Gutierrez, or Tatay Nebu, 63, is a microentrepreneur from Candelaria, Quezon, joined the TSPI Kabuhayan Program (TKP) group lending program in 2005. Seven years later, he moved up to TSPI Maunlad (individual lending) Program.
HINDI NAGKAMALI SA SAWALI “Magtrabaho ka lang...Nakikita naman ng Panginoon kung gusto mong umangat sa buhay.” (“Keep working…the Lord sees your desire for a better life.”) Gemma M. Austria has been a member of the TSPI Maunland Program since 2016. She took out a P100, 000 loan from the TSPI Lingayen Branch, and used it as additional capital for her sawali manufacturing/dealership business.
Susana Babalcon, of Villa Carmen, Ramon, Isabela, joined TSPI Kabuhayan (group lending) Program on January 16, 2015. From a starting loan of P10, 000 loan, she is currently entrusted with P30, 000. Nanay Susana used to run a sari-sari store and sold vegetables in the market. Her husband Pablito was employed at Liberty Appliance Center.
“Ang mga pinakikinabangan, kailangan pakisamahan, bigyan ng konswelo” (Those who were helpful should be treated well and given consideration.”) Milagros Torrano of Quezon province has been a member of the TSPI Kabuhayan Program group under the TSPI Candelaria branch for more than 15 years. With an initial loan P5,000, she went into the buy-and-sell of hogs. Her current loan is P50,000.