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Last July 14, 2020, GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) and Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI) successfully held a virtual MOA signing for a three-year scholarship program with worth more than PhP7.4 million that will sponsor the education of 135 students from three Don Bosco Centers located in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija; Naga City, Camarines Sur; and Canlubang, Laguna. Representing GTFI were executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña (bottom left), deputy executive director Nicanor L. Torres, Jr, and assistant executive director Irene D. Labitad, while TVET technical director Fr. Jose Dindo S. Vitug SDB, signed for DBTI. Also present were head of secretariat Philip Jay M. Pronstroller, senior program officer Lilac C. Lazaro, and program officer Bryan J. Sudaria for GTFI; deputy director Marc L. Celis and external relations officer Carlo Sigua for DBTI.

Under its Scholarships for Technical-vocational Education Program (STEP), GTFI aims to equip out-of-school youth and other marginalized students with skills that will help them gain immediate employment. Since 2016, the foundation has been supporting a total of 100 scholars of some of the best technical-vocational education and training schools in the country with industry tie-ups for guaranteed employment. These schools are the Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology, DBTI, and DualTech Training Center Foundation.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and the GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), together with Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, commended this year’s batch of scholars during a series of virtual Graduates’ Conversations on June 30, July 2 and 7, 2020.

A total of 14 scholars finished their undergraduate degrees from Manila Tytana Colleges (MTC), University of the Philippines Diliman (UP), and University of Santo Tomas (UST). They are the recipients of the GTFI-Manila Tytana Colleges Youth for Excellence and Service (YES) and MBFI-Pacific Paint (Boysen) scholarship programs. Out of the 14 scholars, seven (7) graduated cum laude.

The virtual encounter, which honored the accomplishments of the scholars, was led by MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepena. “There are so many challenging events happening around us now and I’m glad that our scholars did not give up and continued to become strong individuals. We are all proud of your accomplishments and we appreciate everyone for attending this online activity,” said Sobrepena in his welcome remarks.

The management congratulated the scholars and provided hope and encouragement as their in-person graduations have been canceled or postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The scholars also shared their stories and life journeys and recalled the people who helped them along the way. They outlined their plans on vision boards to guide their next steps in life.

Catherine Ryanne Naraga, a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy graduate, from Manila Tytana Colleges, considers her GT YES scholarship as one of the greatest blessings that enabled her to pursue Accountancy. Her family had a rough time supporting her college education because of her father’s illness that prevented him from coming back to work as a seaman. Her mother, who works in their barangay has not enough income to support their daily expenses. In this time of pandemic, they only relied on her father’s monthly pension and cash allowance from the local government unit. Now that she has finished college, her main plan is to focus on reviewing for the CPA licensure exam and look for a stable job.

Marian Joyce Dacquel, a Bachelor of Science in Architecture graduate, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines Diliman, shared that ever since 3rd-year high school she already envisioned herself becoming a successful architect. These all came true when she was granted the MBFI-Boysen scholarship program. Marian made sure to keep track of her academic performance and continued to be a consistent ‘college and university scholar’ throughout her five years taking Architecture. Marian recently passed the 2020 LAE and got qualified to UP Law. Aside from being an architect, she believes that practicing law is one of the best ways to give service to the country.

Karen Elyssa Eloriaga, a Bachelor of Science in Architecture graduate, cum laude, from the University of Santo Tomas, said that the scholarship served more than just financial support for her college education; it motivated her to excel in academics and reminded her that God works miracles in her life. Despite the day to day adversities, she has experienced in the university and during this current pandemic, she remains optimistic and strong in pursuing her dreams of becoming an architect. In the future, she hopes to join an architecture firm where she can gain substantial experience and earn a stable income. After this, Karen wishes to give back to the community by building social housing and providing scholarships for the poor.

Also present in the three-day graduate’s conversations were MTC president and former University of the Philippines Diliman chancellor, Dr. Sergio Cao, MBFI executive director, Nicanor Torres, Jr., MBFI assistant executive director Irene Labitad, Boysen vice president Engr. Ruben Cueto, Boysen marketing manager Vergel Dyoco, Boysen office manager Natalie Lee.

Reinforcing the vision of the Metrobank Group’s late Chairman Dr. George Ty Siao Kian to nurture the country’s future leaders, the online activity allowed the scholars to meet their benefactors and interact with their fellow scholars. Since 1995, the Metrobank Scholarship Program has been awarding financial grants to support deserving students through college. To date, the program has produced over 1,000 graduates in collaboration with its partner institutions and schools.

For more information on MBFI’s scholarship programs, please visit www.mbfoundation.org.ph.

Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings, through Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), donated PhP 5.6 million to Manila HealthTek, Inc., a private research and development company, for the distribution of UP-developed COVID-19 Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) detection kits. A total of 3,800 kits will be donated to the UP National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH), Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City, and Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC) in San Fernando City, La Union.

A virtual ceremonial signing of the Deed of Donation with Manila HealthTek, Inc. and beneficiary institutions was held on July 9 through the presence of HealthTek CEO Dr. Raul Destura, UP-NIH executive director and 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-de La Paz, Xavier University president Fr. Roberto Yap, Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital OIC Director Sr. Evelyn Aguilar, and ITRMC Molecular Biology Laboratory section head Dr. Jimmy Rosales. It was Dr. Destura who led the team from UP-NIH and the Philippine Genome Center in the development of these low-cost kits.

“We have been working hard in supporting various initiatives to address and combat the effects of the pandemic since the start of the lockdown. Given the need for a gold standard in testing, we are privileged to support the very first Philippine developed testing kits for COVID19,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepena. “We commend and admire the works of our local experts led by Dr. Destura and his team, together with the UP-NIH in the development, testing and production of these kits,” he added.

The donation is part of over a P220 million contribution by Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Group to fund and support efforts to combat the pandemic and help those in need. The amount was allocated for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to benefit healthcare and security frontliners; “Project Ugnayan” led by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation; distribution of meals and food packs to underprivileged families; construction and equipping of molecular laboratories for the testing of cases in partnership with the Department of Health, Philippine Red Cross, and Ayala Group; and Go Negosyo’s Project ARK (Antibody Rapid test Kits) of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation. Just recently, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation donated 30 units of Toyota Vios to DOH for the mobility of healthcare frontliners and local government hospitals.

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Senator Richard Gordon hand a plaque to GT Foundation president and Federal Land chairperson Alfred Ty (center) and Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobreña (left) to recognize the Php18 million donation of Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings to construct and equip the country’s largest molecular laboratory at the former PRC Headquarters in Port Area Manila on June 27.

On June 27, the country inaugurated its largest molecular laboratory capable of detecting COVID-19 and other contagious diseases at the former Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Headquarters in Port Area Manila. Through the initiatives of the Philippine Red Cross, the project was partly funded by Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings through a PhP 18 million donation, coursed through its corporate social responsibility arm Metrobank Foundation (MBFI) and Ty family’s GT Foundation (GTFI). The donation went for the construction and equipping the facility with two automated extraction machines for testing of samples. With additional contributions from the Australian Embassy and the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FFCCCII), the laboratory has an overall capacity to test 14,000 samples a day.

The ceremonies were led by PRC chairman Senator Richard Gordon, Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Inter-Agency Task Force Deputy Implementer Undersecretary Vivencio Dizon, Australian Ambassador Steven Robinson AO, GTFI president and Federal Land chairman Alfred Ty, MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña and FFCCCII president Henry Bon Liong.

“We have been working hard in supporting various initiatives to address and combat the effects of the pandemic since the start of the lockdown. We advocate and support the conduct of “Test, Trace, and Treat” or T3 in order to identify the various factors in the development and mitigation of the spread of virus which could lead in flattening the curve,” said Mr. Ty.

The laboratory will also go a long way in ensuring early detection and efficient treatment of other contagious and deadly diseases such as cancer, human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis, dengue, malaria, tuberculosis, Zika virus among others.

The donation was part of the P220 million contribution by Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings to fund and support efforts to combat the pandemic and help those in need. The amount was allocated for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to benefit healthcare and security frontliners; support for the production of RT-PRC testing kits through the UP National Institutes of Health; “Project Ugnayan” led by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation; distribution of meals and food packs to underprivileged families; construction and equipping of molecular laboratories for the testing of cases in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Red Cross, and Ayala Group; and Go Negosyo’s Project ARK (Antibody Rapid test Kits) of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation. Just recently, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation donated 30 VIOS units for the mobility of healthcare frontliners of DOH and local government hospitals.

Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmelita “Menchie” Abalos and Metrobank Foundation head of Grants and Healthcare Unit Marievic Mariano distribute food packs to residents of Barangay Poblacion in Mandaluyong City during the kick-off of Metrobank and DZRH (Manila Broadcasting Corporation) Operation Tulong on May 19. Through a PhP 1.3 million donation, a 4-week distribution activities reached more than 19,000 residents from 14 beneficiary barangays.

Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings, through its corporate social responsibility arm Metrobank Foundation and the Ty-family’s GT Foundation, partnered with Manila Broadcasting Corporation’s DZRH Operation Tulong to distribute PhP 1.336 million worth of food packs to residents of Mandaluyong City. A kick-off ceremony was held on May 19 in Barangay Poblacion, graced by Mayor Menchie Abalos, Vice Mayor Anthony Suva Jr., district Councilors Anjelo Elton Yap and Benjamin Abalos III and City Chief of Police P/Col. Remigio Sedanto.

From May 19 to June 13, more than 19,000 residents from 14 barangays have benefitted from the various feeding activities conducted in coordination with the City Government of Mandaluyong and the City Social Welfare and Development.

These barangays include: Poblacion, Barangka Drive, Daang Bakal, Barangka Ibaba, Burol, Old Zaniga, Harapin ang Bukas, San Jose, Highway Hills, Plainview, Burol, Hagdang Bato Libis, Hagdang Bato Itaas, and Addition Hills. Some of these barangays have reported a high number of confirmed COVID 19 cases. Barangay Addition Hills for instance was put on a strict lockdown and even recorded 2 major fire incidents in June. A total of 4,800 residents from this barangay were given free meals during the last day of distribution on June 13.

The donation is part of over a P220 million contribution by Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Group to fund and support efforts to combat the pandemic and help those in need. The amount was allocated for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to benefit healthcare and security frontliners; support for the production of RT-PRC testing kits through the UP National Institutes of Health; “Project Ugnayan” led by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation; distribution of meals and food packs to underprivileged families; construction and equipping of molecular laboratories for the testing of cases in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Red Cross, and Ayala Group; and Go Negosyo’s Project ARK (Antibody Rapid test Kits) of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation. Just recently, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation donated 30 units of Toyota Vios to DOH for the mobility of healthcare frontliners and local government hospitals.

Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings, in partnership with GoNegosyo’s (Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation) Project ARK, turned over PhP 414,000 worth of antibody rapid test kits to the City Government of San Juan through Mayor Francisco Zamora on June 23. Through the Ty family’s GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) and Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), 920 sets of antibody rapid testing for possible identification of active COVID-19 cases were sponsored to benefit the city.

Photo above shows, Mayor Zamora receives the donation from (L-R) GoNegosyo administrative manager Sophia Ramos, GoNegosyo executive director Aeron Morado, MBFI executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr. and GTFI senior program officer Lilac Lazaro.

The donation is part of over a P220 million contribution by Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Group to fund and support efforts to combat the pandemic and help those in need. The amount was allocated for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to benefit healthcare and security frontliners; support for the production of RT-PRC testing kits through the UP National Institutes of Health; “Project Ugnayan” led by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation; distribution of meals and food packs to underprivileged families; and construction and equipping of molecular laboratories for the testing of cases in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Red Cross, and Ayala Group. Just recently, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation donated 30 units of Toyota Vios to DOH for the mobility of healthcare frontliners and local government hospitals.

Since its inception, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), through the annual Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos, has sought to uphold a culture of excellence by recognizing exemplary public servants in the academe, military, and police sectors. Last November 2019, we launched the 2020 cycle of the OF Award, and conducted a nationwide series of information campaigns and nominations to search this year’s batch of laudable teachers, soldiers, and police officers.

In the midst of these activities, we suddenly find ourselves confronted by the challenges brought about by COVID-19 pandemic that has adversely affected every Filipino’s lives. We thus took the necessary measures and followed protocols in containing the spread of the virus.

While alternative solutions were considered to carry out the proceeding phases of the Award, and even as we acknowledged the hard work of everyone who submitted their nominations, our continuous monitoring of our national situation has brought us to a difficult decision to defer the 2020 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. We believe that the health and safety of everyone takes precedence during these challenging times.

We will wait for the right time for the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Award to return. Until then, we stand in solidarity with the government, all sectors, and the Filipino people in seeing an end to this pandemic.

Should you have other questions regarding this decision, please contact us through all our social media accounts. You may also send an email to outstandingfilipinos.mbfi@gmail.com.

MBFI is praying for everyone to remain healthy and safe. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Since 1984, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), through the annual Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), has put a premium on Filipino visual arts by recognizing the creative expression of the most passionate and persistent up-and-comers in the Philippine art scene.

At the start of the year, the Foundation ensured that all the necessary preparations for the 36th year of MADE were met. Information campaigns, lectures and exhibitions were held in some parts of the country to invite visual artists to join the Painting and Sculpture Recognition Programs.

In the midst of these preparations, we suddenly find ourselves battling the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. We took the necessary measures and followed protocols in containing the spread of the virus. This led to the cancellation of the remaining Art MADE Public events in Angono, Rizal and Davao City last March. While most regions have been placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine, the deadline of submission of entries was also extended to June 6, 2020 to allow aspiring entrants to better cope up with the situation.

While alternative solutions were considered to address our implementation challenges, our continuous monitoring of our national situation has brought us to a difficult decision to defer the 2020 MADE Painting and Sculpture Recognition Programs. We deemed it appropriate that this is the most responsible decision in this unprecedented time.

We acknowledge the hard work of everyone who already submitted their entries prior to this decision. Rest assured that all entries we received electronically will be automatically considered when the right time for MADE to return comes. We will still accept entries until June 6, 2020 to accommodate those who already started their artworks and would still opt to submit an entry before the deadline.

MBFI is one with the nation in addressing this health crisis. As in any time of need, it has always been our utmost priority to continuously look for opportunities to create a positive social impact on our stakeholders and beneficiaries and the whole nation in general.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to support the art community despite the uncertainties we are experiencing. The Foundation will continuously look for alternative endeavors which we hope to implement soonest.

Should you have other questions regarding this decision, please message us through all our social media accounts. You may also send an email to madecompetition2020@gmail.com.

MBFI is praying for everyone to remain healthy and safe. We thank you for your continued support and understanding.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) held separate turnover ceremonies on May 15 to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) for its P1.84 million worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donation. Held at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo and Camp Rafael Crame in Quezon City, respectively, the donation includes 109,200 pairs of surgical gloves and 10,000 N95 masks which will benefit more than 12,000 AFP and PNP frontliners tasked to implement community protocols in this time of the pandemic.

MBFI executive director Nicanor Torres Jr. led the turnover ceremonies at the AFP grounds through the presence of AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Felimon Santos, and 2015 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino (OF) Soldiers AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics RAdm. Alberto Carlos and AFP Adjutant General BGen. Maxima Ignacio.

“The AFP extends its gratitude to the MBFI in the battle against COVID-19. Their sincere desire to help the country’s imperilled frontliners continue to inspire soldiers on the ground to better perform their duties towards winning the fight against the dreaded virus,” expressed Gen. Santos.

On the other hand, PNP Chief Archie Gamboa, PNP Directorate for Logistics Director P/MGen. Edwin Roque, PNP Directorate for Logistics Deputy Director P/BGen. Domingo Cabillan and 2018 OF Police Officer PNP Logistics Support Service Director P/BGen. Pascual Muñoz received the donation.

“The global community, on their part, has come together to spread love and kindness through volunteer work and support through donation of the much needed Personal Protective Equipment. In the Philippines, we are proud to have Metrobank Foundation in our midst, to partner with the Philipine National Police in our COVID-19 response through their donation,” said P/BGen. Muñoz.

Earlier in April, 2,000 sets of PPEs consisting of hazardous material suits, face shields, N95 masks, gloves, and shoe covers were donated to Victoriano Luna General Hospital, Veterans Memorial Medical Center and PNP General Hospital in Quezon City. AFP and PNP institutions are valued institutional partners of MBFI in the implementation of its corporate social responsibility initiatives. Annually, MBFI recognizes exemplary teachers, soldiers and police officers for rendering service beyond their call of duties through OF.

The donation is part of the P200 million pledge by Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Group to fund and support efforts to combat the pandemic and help those in need. The amount was allocated for the purchase of personal protective equipment to benefit healthcare and security frontliners; support for the production of testing kits through the UP National Institutes of Health; ‘Project Ugnayan’ led by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation; distribution of meals and food packs to underprivileged families; set-up of a molecular laboratory for the testing of cases through the Philippine Red Cross; and project ARK (Antibody Rapid test Kits) of GoNegosyo (Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation).


Photos courtesy of PNP and AFP PIO.

Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings, Inc., through the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), donated P18 million to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for the setting-up of an additional molecular laboratory capable of detecting COVID-19 and other contagious diseases. .

The facility situated at the former PRC Headquarters in Port Area Manila is capable of testing 2,000 samples a day, equipped with automated extraction machines and will be accredited by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine-Department of Health to operate during this crisis.

PRC recently established this pioneer facility at the PRC Tower in Mandaluyong City. It has two complete testing systems consisting of Automated RNA Extraction and Polymerase Chain Reaction machines and over 10,000 testing kits. An additional 10 testing systems will be set-up to augment PRC’s capacity at their National Headquarters, their former Headquarters at the Port Area Manila, and other testing laboratories nationwide.

“All hands are on deck against COVID-19. During this critical time, fully-equipped facilities spell a big difference in the early diagnosis and treatment of cases,” said MBFI President and GTFI Executive Director Aniceto Sobrepeña.

The laboratory will also go a long way in ensuring early detection and efficient treatment of other contagious and deadly diseases such as Cancer, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis, Dengue, Malaria, Tuberculosis and Zika virus among others.

The donation is part of the P200 million pledge by Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Group to fund and support efforts to combat the pandemic and help those in need. The amount was allocated for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to benefit healthcare and security frontliners; support for the production of testing kits through the UP National Institutes of Health; ‘Project Ugnayan’ led by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation; distribution of meals and food packs to underprivileged families; and project ARK (Antibody Rapid test Kits) of GoNegosyo (Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation).

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