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Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings, Inc., through the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), donated PhP 2 million to Jollibee Group Foundation for its FoodAID program to benefit underprivileged families affected by the ongoing health crisis. From April 28 to May 1, 2020, a total of 10,000 families from the cities of Manila, Taguig, Quezon, Caloocan, Pasig and Valenzuela were given food packs consisting of ready-to-cook marinated chicken. As the social responsibility arm of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), Jollibee Group Foundation implements the FoodAID program which systematizes and consolidates the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the group, with the goal to enable communities to respond and recover when a disaster strikes.

The donation is part of the PhP 200 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; set-up of a molecular laboratory for the testing of cases through the Philippine Red Cross; and project ARK (Anti-body Rapid test Kits) of GoNegosyo (Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation).

Metrobank, through its corporate social responsibility arm Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), donated almost PhP 2.2 million pesos’ worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Comprised of gloves and N95 masks, it will benefit more than 12,000 deployed AFP and PNP personnel tasked to ensure peace and order during the period of enhanced community quarantine.

MBFI is also set to donate PPEs to PNP General Hospital and Victoriano Luna General Hospital. The AFP and PNP institutions are valued institutional partners of MBFI in the implementation of its CSR programs and activities. Annually, MBFI recognizes exemplary teachers, soldiers and police officers for rendering service beyond their call of duties through the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos.

“Metrobank recognizes the heroic efforts of the PNP and the AFP in these trying times,” said Metrobank President Fabian Dee.

The donation is part of the P200 million pledge by Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Group in support of the efforts to combat COVID-19.

McDonald’s Kindness Kitchen, a program supported by Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings, distributes meals to 750 individuals in Barangay 790 in San Andres, City of Manila on April 18, 2020.

Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Inc., through the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), donated P2 million to Ronald McDonald House Charities Philippines in support of its ‘McDo Kindness Kitchen’ program aimed at providing free meals to 40,000 individuals in Metro Manila.

The first wave of distribution that ran from April 15-20 catered 9,000 individuals from the cities of Manila, Quezon, Caloocan, Muntinlupa, Navotas and the municipality of Pateros. Each location was allocated with 3,000 meals to be strategically distributed to marginalized barangays recommended by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The program will continue to provide meals from April 21 to May 16.

The donation is part of the P200 million pledge by Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Group in support of the efforts to combat COVID-19.

To support initiatives that will directly aid the fight against COVID-19, the Ty Family-led companies Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Inc., through the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) released P8 million to fund purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to benefit healthcare frontliners.

P5 million worth of PPEs, which include hazardous material suits, face shields, N95 masks, gloves, and shoe covers, were donated to two (2) COVID-19 Referral Centers namely University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) and Lung Center of the Philippines, each receiving 1000 sets. Another 2000 sets were donated to the City Government of Manila, through the Office of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, to cater to six (6) District Hospitals in the city namely Justice Abad Santos Medical Center, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Ospital ng Tondo, Sta. Ana Hospital, Gat Andres Bonifacio Medical Center and Ospital ng Maynila.

Through the efforts of the Xavier School Alumni Association, another P3 million were given to support the operations of the San Juan Covid Kalinga Center which is the extension facility of the San Juan Medical Center.

Above photo shows the donation being received by City of Manila vice mayor Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan and Manila Police District Special Mayor’s Reaction Team Head and 2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Police Officer Major Rosalino Ibay.

Above photo shows, Lung Center of the Philippines receiving the donation.

The donation is part of the P200 million pledge by Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Group in support of the efforts to combat COVID-19.

The Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings group stand with all Filipinos in facing the challenges brought on by COVID-19. The Ty family-led companies are pledging support to manage the disruption and provide meaningful assistance to customers, employees, and partners who most need help in these difficult times.

Aside from the assistance already being extended to impacted customers and displaces employees, a pledge of a P200M fund will go towards initiatives that directly support the fight against the virus. These initiatives will be managed by the respective Foundations of the Group and will start with efforts to produce the test kits developed by the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) and the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers.

The Group will continuously monitor the evolving situation and will implement further measures as needed.

Metrobank Foundation President Aniceto Sobrepeña (rightmost) and Department of Education (DepEd) Curriculum and Instruction Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio (leftmost) confer the Metrobank Foundation Fellows in Public Service title to 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Teachers Dr. Cristina Cristobal (second to the left) and Dr. Dorothy Tarol last Feb. 12 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Complex, Pasig City.

Newly conferred Metrobank Foundation Fellows in Public Service proposed to restore Philippine History in the high school curriculum and mainstream inclusive instruction to Department of Education (DepEd) officials and members of the academe last February 12 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Complex, Pasig City.

Veteran history teacher and 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino Dr. Cristina Cristobal presented the need to revive Philippine History in high school, a subject previously removed by DepEd in the K-12 program. She also proposed the inclusion of teaching Philippine Government and Constitution for a school year, a bid she successfully pushed for in the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) System’s social science curriculum.

“Many of our students lack affection for history because of the traditional method that is used, but perhaps there is a way to love history. We’re not only teaching them facts, we want them to become critical thinkers,” said Dr. Cristobal.

The legacy of Dr. Cristobal, Quezon City’s Veteran Innovator in History Instruction, in PSHS can be best captured by her initiative to inspire changes to the students’ perspective towards learning history. She believes exposing students to primary sources provides evidence-based approach to learning.

Another 2019 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino and special education teacher Dr. Dorothy Tarol, meanwhile, proposed the mainstreaming of her action research on inclusive instruction nationwide. Entitled “Buddy-Mediated Instruction (BMI): Pivotal Strategy for Spelling and Social Skills for Students with Hearing Impairment,” the study aims to develop a student’s basic literacy skills through pairing of two “buddies” who engage in learner initiated-activities.

According to Dr. Tarol, she hopes to “help teachers by sharing information about evidence-based instructional strategy for struggling readers by creating reading literacy experiences relevant to students’ interests, everyday life and to current environmental events.” BMI, as an instructional strategy, also became a benchmark model in DepEd Divisions of Iloilo and Iloilo City and was already replicated by around 178 schools.

Dubbed as Western Visayas’ Paragon of Inclusive Education, Dr. Tarol has shifted her teaching career to cater to students with disabilities at the Special Education-Integrated School for Exceptional Children in Iloilo City. She has since devoted her life’s work onto shaping an environment conducive for learners of all kinds.

Both proposals were deliberated in a roundtable discussion with Curriculum and Instruction Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio, Assistant Secretary Alma Ruby Torio and officers from the DepEd Bureau of Education Assessment, Alternative Learning System Program Task Force, National Educator’s Academy of the Philippines, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines and PSHS.

Through the Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Public Service, professional milestones and personal life stories of the awardees are brought to the fore. Achievements that result to positive change and innovations that address major societal concerns are highlighted and widely shared.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) was recognized as “Philanthropic Foundation of the Year” (Profiles in Excellence Award) during the 72nd anniversary celebration of the American Association of the Philippines (AAP) on February 29, 2020 at the Manila Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel Manila in Pasay City.

Photo shows MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña (center) accepting the recognition from AAP chairman Rick Sobreviñas (6th from right) joined by wife Anna Sobrepeña (6th from left); Metrobank executive vice president Vivian Lee-Tiu (3rd from left); Metrobank senior vice president Digs Dimagiba (3rd from right); Metrobank vice president and MBFI executive committee member Joey Mapa III (5th from right); Metrobank assistant vice president Zarah Hernandez (4th from left), and MBFI assistant executive director Irene Labitad (4th from right).

AAP has always been in the forefront of American-Filipino relations for over half a century. It has established strong ties with the expat American community, returning Filipino-Americans who resettled back in the country, and the Philippine government. It continues to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of its members and key business and community leaders who are making a difference globally.

Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) president Aniceto Sobrepeña (3rd from right), together with MBFI assistant executive director Irene Labitad (2nd from left), and MBFI Unit heads present the Anvil trophies earned during the awarding ceremony.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) took home the Hall of Fame Award including one (1) Gold Anvil and three (3) Silver Anvil at the recent 55th Anvil Awards held on February 28, 2020 at The Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, City of Manila.

Considered as the Oscars of public relations industry in the Philippines, the Anvil is the symbol of excellence in public relations awarded by distinguished multi-sectoral jury to outstanding public relations programs and tools, organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP).

The heads of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines present the awards to MBFI heads and staff during the 55th Anvil Awards Gabi ng Parangal.

MBFI during that night took home its third “Hall of Fame” award for spearheading the “National Teachers’ Month (NTM).” A movement led by MBFI and the Department of Education, NTM recognizes Filipino teachers and educators for their contribution to national development. It also aims to intensify all efforts in recognizing the indispensable role of Filipino teachers in shaping minds across generations. NTM is annually celebrated for an entire month from September 5 to October 5.

The Hall of Fame Award is given to a company or organization that won the Gold Anvil Award five (5) times for a program or tool in the same category, not necessarily in consecutive years. In 2016 and 2018, MBFI received the Hall of Fame award for Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) and Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC), respectively.

The Excellence Awards Unit of MBFI, the implementing body of the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos and Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Public Service with their Silver and Gold Anvil trophies.

MBFI also bagged a Gold Anvil trophy for the “2019 Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Public Service,” a venue where professional milestones and personal life stories of Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos are brought to the fore. Achievements that result to positive change and innovations that address major societal concerns are highlighted and widely-shared.

Meanwhile, another public relations program and two institutional events of MBFI earned Silver Anvil trophies. The first Silver Anvil went to its flagship program – Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos– that recognizes exemplary teachers, soldiers, and police officers for rendering service above and beyond their call of duties, guided by the theme “Beyond Excellence.” An Outstanding Filipino is recognized for his/her exemplary qualities that have inspired and influenced their peers in their respective professions. Their works have lasting positive impact on people and to the country.

The Art & Design Unit– implementer of the annual Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE)—and Corporate Communications Unit of MBFI showcase their accolades received during the awarding ceremony.

Another Silver Anvil was bestowed upon “Puso at Sigasig (Heart & Zeal): Metrobank Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.” With the theme Puso at Sigasig (Heart & Zeal), MBFI celebrated its 40th founding anniversary last February 21, 2019. The celebration did not only highlight the Metrobank Foundation’s heart for community, but also showcased its zeal through advocacies sustained, partnerships built, communities empowered, and lives changed.

The last recipient of Silver Anvil is “UNLEASH: 2020 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE)’s 35th Anniversary Celebration.” Unleash is the result of a three-year build-up to the 35th anniversary of MADE: “Imagine” in 2017 and “Discover” in 2018. The theme follows the narrative of the artistic process: of art being “unleashed” into the world to articulate the milieu of the times. A three-day celebration of the local art scene, Unleash was split into four parts: Vernissage, MADE Awarding, Exhibit Opening, and the Lecture Series on Philippine Arts and Cultural Heritage. Each event engages with up-and-coming artists, special interest groups, and connoisseurs.

MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 88 Anvil awards for its various programs and public relations tools, including the much coveted Grand Anvil gaining the record as the first corporate foundation to win a back-to-back Grand Anvil (2009 and 2010) and 2 Platinum Anvils in the history of the award-giving body.

GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) and Deaf Evangelistic Alliance Foundation, Inc. (DEAF Inc.) held a ground-breaking ceremony on February 19, 2020 at the DEAF Inc. campus in Brgy. Paowin, Cavinti, Laguna to jumpstart the construction of a two-storey school building that will benefit both deaf and hearing students currently completing junior high school and bachelor degrees in Elementary Education. Through a PhP 10 million donation, the building will have administrative offices, classrooms, a laboratory, and a library. Photo shows GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña (center right) and DEAF, Inc. chairman Cecilio Pedro (center left) leading the ceremonial ground-breaking, joined by officers of GTFI and board members of DEAF Inc.

Under its education thrust, GTFI provides access to quality education to financially-challenged yet academically-deserving students by partnering with educational institutions and investments in infrastructure development. DEAF Inc. is one of the few private schools in the country catering to deaf and hard-of-hearing college students.

GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) and Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech) signed a memorandum of agreement to renew their partnership for the Scholarships for Technical-Vocational Education Program (STEP) on February 11, 2020 at the Metrobank Plaza in Makati City. Photo shows GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña (center right) and TMP Tech president David Go (center left) leading the ceremonial signing joined by other key officers of both organizations. GTFI turned over an amount of PhP 5 million to support the completion of a two-year General Job Automotive Servicing course of students enrolled at TMP Tech campus in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

STEP aims to equip out-of-school youth and other marginalized students with skills that will help them gain immediate employment through Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). GTFI supports scholars from select TVET schools in the country with industry tie-ups for guaranteed employment. Since 2013, 59 STEP scholars have earned TMP Tech certifications and are now employed in the local and international automotive industry. TMP Tech is a non-stock and non-profit educational institution geared towards transforming the Philippines into a human resource development hub to meet the needs of Global Toyota.

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