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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).

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.

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.

DR. GEORGE S.K. TY POSTHUMOUSLY HONORED FOR HIS PHILANTHROPIC CONTRIBUTIONS BY THE SENATE. The members of the Senate of the Philippines unanimously adopted Senate Resolution Number 10 “Resolution Posthumously Honoring Dr. George S.K. Ty for his Philanthropic Contributions” on September 9. After his passing on November 23, 2018, Dr. Ty’s heart for community and lifelong mission to make a difference in the lives of Filipinos and contribute to nation-building through the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) are passed on to his family. Receiving the resolution from Senate president Tito Sotto and the rest of the senate members are: Dr. Ty’s wife Mary Vy Ty (9th from left), sons Arthur V. Ty (8th from left) and Alfred V. Ty (7th from left), and daughters Anjanette T. Dy-Buncio (6th from left) and Alesandra Ty (5th from left). Meanwhile, the House of Representatives similarly adopted House Resolution Number 10 “Resolution Honoring the Achievements and Contributions of Dr. George Siao Kian Ty, an Outstanding Filipino, Philanthropist, and Business Leader” on the same day.

“More than 23 years ago, I sat down with a man who had a vision. He shared ideas of what the future could look like, imagining a society where people were enabled to pursue noble dreams and aspirations. We toasted over tea, and I came onboard in a position that gave me a vantage view of how a visionary realizes a better world, one project after another.”

These were the opening lines of the winning tribute delivered by Aniceto Sobrepeña, president of Metrobank Foundation, to Dr. George S.K. Ty.

During the memorial service on Nov. 25, 2018, he described Ty’s passion and drive to enable others to reach their potentials. The founder of the Metrobank Group of Companies established the Metrobank Foundation in 1979 as the corporate social responsibility arm of his conglomerate.

Ty shared his resources to implement programs that uplifted the quality of life across the country. He believed in giving others a chance to be great by giving them an opportunity. Sobrepeña talked about Ty’s philanthropic legacy, which he felt should be made known to a wider audience. His tribute was consequently published in print and social media.

The positive feedback received from the public prompted the Metrobank Foundation to submit the eulogy as an entry to The Philippine Quill Awards. “Good Night, Mr. George Ty. I’ll See You in the Morning,” bagged the Quill Professional Excellence Award in the 17th Philippine Quill Awards last Aug. 30.

Sobrepeña spoke of Dr. Ty’s generosity and passion to help others through the Metrobank Foundation’s programs and projects that address needs of various sectors of Philippine society, while also intending for them to move forward and reach for their goals.

The intent of the eulogy was to honor Ty by communicating the Metrobank founder’s benevolent initiatives benefitting marginalized and disadvantaged Filipinos through the work of the Metrobank Foundation, highlighting Ty’s vision, values, and contribution to society. The eulogy was intended to reach and connect to a wide audience through Sobrepeña’s memories of Ty. It encouraged others who knew Ty to reminisce their own moments with him.

It provided the public a glimpse of Ty as a person and as a superior. Sobrepeña worked with Ty for more than 20 years, in what he describes as nation building from the ground up.

His tribute aspired to make known Ty’s generosity of spirit, inspire others by his life and works, and convey the Metrobank Foundation’s programs and initiatives contributing to the lives of their target beneficiaries.

The speech was not just about the good Ty had done, but highlighted his philanthropy as the expression of the meaningful life he chose to live. The tribute conveyed Sobrepeña’s close personal and professional relationship with Ty, allowing the public a glimpse into Ty’s person not widely known outside his circle. He described their morning teatime as occasion to discuss current events, their work and their families.

Many in the audience who heard the eulogy shared how the Metrobank founder motivated them to give back to the community following their own successes. Beneficiaries of Ty’s philanthropic endeavors also expressed gratitude for the Metrobank Foundation’s programs which Ty conceived. His philanthropic legacy prospers in the hearts of those he helped and inspired. Heightened awareness of his advocacies honors not just his life and works but promotes generosity for the benefit of one’s fellowmen.

The excellence award received by Sobrepeña for his tribute to Ty is a timely recognition for the late Metrobank Group chairman whose birth anniversary falls on Sept. 5.

The article was originally published on the Sept. 4 issue of The Philippine Star.

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