Forty years ago, the late Metrobank Group founder Dr. George S.K. Ty envisioned an institution that would serve as a venue to share the benefits of Metrobank’s success with the community.
On January 8, 1979, Dr. Ty realized this by founding the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), armed with the vision for the institution to become the country’s premier corporate philanthropic foundation contributing a significant impact on social development. While the Bank has grown into an industry leader, MBFI has likewise built its own reputation through its various corporate social responsibility programs aimed at improving the lives of the disadvantaged and promoting excellence among key sectors of society.
“Excel. Engage. Empower.” became the roadmap in all its giving-back initiatives to communities and stakeholders. Four decades since its establishment, MBFI sustained its mission to create and propagate a culture of excellence among its beneficiary sectors, provide solutions to stakeholder needs, and serve at the forefront to reach out to communities.
A HEART THAT PERSEVERES IN EARNEST ZEAL FOR THE NATION
Guided by the theme, “Puso at Sigasig”, the heart for community that started it all continues to be MBFI’s rallying front, 40 years later. It is sustained by a greater zeal in order for the advocacies to move forward. The unique union of the heart and zeal forms the groundwork in the implementation of MBFI programs in public service excellence, education, healthcare, visual arts and heritage, and good governance.
“Forty years and hundreds of meaningful collaborations later, hope has not waned; rather it persists with tenacity that the goals we have set will be realized. We look forward to stronger collaboration and broader spaces for multi-sectoral involvement of generations to come,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña.
In the years to come, the heart and zeal to build the nation and make a positive difference in the lives of many Filipinos remain strong and unchanging.
ACES & PEACE
To celebrate the occasion, a special gathering to honor distinguished individuals and institutional partners, and to commemorate, at the same time, the memories of its late founder Dr. Ty, took place on February 21 at the Le Pavillon, Metropolitan Park, Pasay City.
A new batch of awardees were conferred the Award for Continuing Excellence and Service (ACES). Chosen from the Foundation’s roster of awardees, they were recognized for their continuing excellence in the performance of their respective professions, substantive contributions to their chosen disciplines, and sustained outstanding service to their respective institutions and communities.
For their consistent adherence to the highest standards of performance and conduct of duty, these exceptional men and women have set a worthy example for everyone to emulate. Equally competent, compassionate, and patriotic, they stand as symbols of a true public servant. They are distinguished based on the recognitions they received at the national and international levels, the kind of mentorship they have instilled among their peers, and the concrete impact they have left upon their respective spheres of influence and communities.
They received the ‘Spiral’ medallion created by 1984 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) awardee Roberto Feleo.
Another highlight was the presentation of the Partner in Empowerment, Advocacy, and Commitment to Excellence (PEACE) to institutional partners from the government, non-government and socio-civic organizations, media, academe, and business. They received the ‘Kapit-Bisig’ trophy created by 2011 MADE awardee Architect Jonathan Dangue.
A TRIBUTE TO THE FOUNDER
The work that MBFI does is a reflection of the late Dr. Ty’s enduring legacy to make a difference in the lives of the citizenry and contribute to nation-building. MBFI’s programs and advocacies illuminate Metrobank’s core values: passion for results, integrity, teamwork, commitment to customer service and heart for community.
To commemorate Dr. Ty’s unparalleled leadership, generous spirit, compassionate heart, and outstanding contributions to nation-building, a special exhibit focusing on his being a pillar of the banking industry, corporate philanthropy, and as patron of the arts was put up.
“The humanitarian legacy he left behind would continuously live on and ripple a lasting impact across the many lives touched, individuals assisted, organizations empowered, and communities positively changed through MBFI’s corporate social responsibility programs. We honor our late founder and express utmost esteem for his invaluable contributions to nation-building and boundless heart for the Filipino community,” expressed Sobrepeña.
A sculpture entitled “Generosity” was presented which symbolizes Dr. Ty’s legacy in the industry and philanthropy.
Created by 2007 Metrobank Foundation Prize for Achievement in Sculpture (MPAS) awardee Juan Sajid Imao, the artwork shows several human figures with their hands interlocking in stylized form. Sajid chose copper for the sculpture’s medium as it is naturally reddish in hue as a reminder of Dr. Ty’s lifelong passion to cultivate excellence in the fields close to his heart such as the arts, military, police and the academe. The dynamic movement of the figures, on the other hand, shows how Dr. Ty’s legacy of excellence will continue to inspire Filipinos to work together to make this country a more progressive nation.
The exhibit also featured the milestones of MBFI in the last 40 years, together with dedicated photos and profiles of the ACES.
To address the immediate needs of families affected by typhoon Ompong, GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), has allocated a total amount of PhP 5 million. To date, GTFI has reached out to a total of 6,100 families through a series of relief operations held in coordination with the network of Metrobank branches in northern Luzon.
Relief distributions were held in three (3) municipalities in the province of Cagayan. Spearheaded by Metrobank Tabuk City branch, 500 families were assisted in the municipality of Rizal covering barangays Linno-C, Poblacion, and Batu on September 25. Metrobank Aparri branch, on September 29, reached out to 500 families of barangay Maura, Aparri, Cagayan. Metrobank Tuguegarao branch, on the other hand, covered the hardly hit town of Baggao, reaching out to 3000 families of barangays Temblique, Adaoag, Asassi, Canagatan, Bagunot, Ibulo, Carupian, Masical, Taguing, and Bunugan last September 22. Relief distribution efforts were also coursed through the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao, benefitting a total of 1000 beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, led by Metrobank Purple Hearts Club Bag-iw Chapter in Baguio City, relief goods were distributed to 500 families in Itogon, Benguet and Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya on September 23. Packed meals were also distributed to 350 PNP rescue workers in Bakun and Itogon. Through Operation Blessing, 600 families in Kabayan, Benguet also received relief goods covering the barangays of Lusod, Tawangan, and Upper Bashoy.
GTFI has also partnered with Alagang Kapatid Foundation in providing hot meals to disaster-stricken or homeless families through their Foton First Responder Food Truck. A total of 6,621 individuals were served with hot meals in the towns of Baggao, Santa Ana, Gonzaga, Gattaran and Rizal, Cagayan. Most of these areas reached through #AKFeed have been isolated as residents did not expect help to reach them, including an Aeta community in Gattaran.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (503 Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army) and the Philippine National Police served as cooperating agencies in the transport of the relief goods. The Philippine Air Force (Tactical Operations Group 1) provided choppers to airlift the goods in Benguet. Metrobank employees and some chapters of the bank’s volunteerism arm, Metrobank Purple Hearts Club, were mobilized in the repacking and distribution of goods in the communities. GTFI is currently in coordination as well with the Philippine Red Cross to provide GI sheets to some 150 affected families for the repair of partially-damaged shelters.
Together with Metrobank Foundation, Inc., GTFI remains responsive to aid survivors of natural calamities through relief and rehabilitation efforts.
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank), through its corporate social responsibility arm, Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and the Ty Family foundation, the GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), awarded P20 million worth of financial assistance to 36 development organizations during the annual Anniversary Grants Turnover ceremony last September 7, 2018 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium, Makati City.
Metrobank Chairman Arthur Ty, together with GTFI President and and Federal Land Chairman Alfred Ty and MBFI President and GTFI Executive Director Aniceto Sobrepeña led the ceremonies while Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III graced the event as the Guest of Honor.
MBFI and GTFI work with socio-civic organizations, non-government organizations and government agencies for the implementation of programs and projects for the underprivileged and marginalized sectors towards the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The grants program’s priority thrusts are captured by the acronym HEAL — health, education, arts, and livelihood.
“It is easy to think that small gestures of love and service might not go very far in solving the country’s pressing problems. There will always be much to do, but very little act leaves a big impact towards realizing a better country, a better nation,” said Sobrepeña.
One of the 36 beneficiaries that received assistance from GTFI is Plan International, Inc. for the construction of three (3) Barangay Health Stations with birthing facilities in Western Samar and Maguindanao. When completed, the health station will give 6,550 locals access to primary and maternal health care.
On the other hand, MBFI’s grant to the Office of the Vice President’s flagship program Angat Buhay will help install a functional electrical water pump machine in Villa Fria Elementary School and provide hygiene kits to more than 1,000 children in eight (8) elementary schools in Agutaya, Palawan.
Accessible and quality education
Aiding students in Siayan Zamboanga del Norte, GTFI, on the other hand, is funding Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, Inc.’s construction of a female dormitory that will serve as a halfway home for students who spend hours of land travel to reach the school. In line with GTFI’s goal to ensure access to quality education, the dormitory will save the students from the troubles of traveling to unsafe and long terrains during the weekday.
MBFI continues to invest in education programs seeking to improve the conditions of students and teachers according to needs specific to a community. MBFI, through the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology, Inc., is providing 600 public school chemistry teachers in NCR, Benguet, Quezon, Eastern Samar, Bohol and Maguindanao with Hands-On, Minds-On Microscale Chemistry (HOMOMICH) kits complementing the K-12 curriculum. Through plenary lectures, discussions, demonstrations and hands-on activities, the program seeks to develop teaching approaches of local science educators.
Healing through arts
As arts is also seen as a tool for healing, MBFI supports Pahingalayan ng Bayani, a creative retreat for Filipino soldiers seeking for a safe space and peaceful respite from stress and anxiety using different art modalities. ArtPsych Circle, Inc.’s, a civil society organization composed of psychologists and psychology practitioners, program primarily caters to soldiers wounded in action in need of psychological assistance.
As a continuing partnership, MBFI gave grants to Hineleban Foundation for technical trainings, values formation and provision of supplies and equipment to indigenous coffee farmers in Bukidnon. Hineleban’s advocacy to reforest the high mountain ranges of Mindanao is attained by providing the locals with sustainable livelihoods through the Transformational Business Partnerships model.
MBFI is also supporting Caritas Margins’ entrepreneurial skills trainings for selected urban poor communities in NCR and CALABARZON as well as their product development coaching for partner micro-enterprises and improvement of some of their kiosks and stores.
Established in 1979, MBFI, through its Grants Program, continues to forge more partnerships with like-minded organizations who share in their mission in helping heal the Filipino one grant at a time.
Organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), the Anvil is the symbol of excellence in public relations awarded by distinguished multi-sectoral jury to outstanding public relations programs and tools. MBFI was nominated for Grand Anvil, received the Anvil Hall of Fame, four (4) Gold Anvils and five (5) Silver Anvils.
Awarded with the Anvil Hall of Fame is the “2017 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC)”, the only math competition in Asia spearheaded by a bank that provides a venue for Filipino students both in public and private schools to hone their mathematical skills in an atmosphere of friendly competition. Over the years, it has produced national winners who get to compete and eventually win in international competitions. It is implemented in partnership with the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) and the Department of Education (DepEd). MMC received its five (5) Anvil Awards in 2002, 2012, 2014, 2016, and in 2017.
Meanwhile, awarded with Gold Anvil is the “2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos” (OF) Award program. It is the most prestigious career-service award for exemplary public servants in the academe, military, and police sectors. In 2017, ten (10) Outstanding Filipinos—composed of four (4) teachers, three (3) soldiers, and three (3) police officers—have been recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty in their respective pursuits of service to the nation and its citizenry. These 10 Outstanding Filipinos have formally joined the distinguished roster of 655 Outstanding Filipinos—360 teachers, 154 soldiers, and 142 police officers—honored by MBFI since 1984.
Another Gold Anvil was given to “Metrobank Foundation Grants and Social Development Partnerships” program. Through this program, MBFI commits to help raise the quality of the poorest, most vulnerable, and underserved sectors by providing social development assistance to socio-civic, charitable, and development-oriented organizations that implement long-term, high impact projects in line with its adopted SDGs and the H.E.A.L (Health, Education, Arts and Livelihood) framework.
The third Gold Anvil was conferred to the “2017 National Teachers’ Month (NTM)”, a month-long advocacy campaign led by MBFI and the DepEd which recognizes Filipino teachers and educators and their contribution to national development—making the Philippines the only country in the world that celebrates Teachers’ Day for an entire month. Now on its 9th year, NTM has become an annual nationwide tribute recognizing the essential role of teachers in shaping minds and characters across all generations.
Entitled “Beyond Excellence”, the MBFI 2016 Annual Report also won a Gold Anvil for highlighting success stories of select stakeholders instead of simply providing a report of the past year’s accomplishments. By focusing on human interest stories, the publication underscored the success of these CSR programs, not just in terms of numbers and statistics but also on how they created an impact on the lives of stakeholders.
On the other hand, a Silver Anvil went to the “2017 Bags of Blessing”, a program spearheaded by the family foundation of Dr. George S.K. Ty—GT Foundation, Inc. in partnership with MBFI. Held every Chinese New Year, PhP 10 million worth of food packages benefit 10,000 underprivileged families nationwide.
Moreover, under the PR Tools category, the Foundation also took home four (4) Silver Anvils for the following: Metrobank Foundation bi-annual newsletter “ExceLetter”; “2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Souvenir Program”; “2017 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Awarding Ceremony & Exhibit Opening”; and “2017 Art MADE Public”, respectively.
MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 77 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.
(L-R) MBFI president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña; MBFI adviser Mary V. Ty; Metrobank Group Founder and Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty; Metrobank chairman and MBFI vice chairman Arthur V. Ty; and Metrobank President and MBFI trustee Fabian S. Dee.The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) took home three (3) major awards at the 51st Anvil Awards on February 26, 2016 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City. Organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), the most coveted “Company of the Year” award went to MBFI as one of the institutions with the most number of awards that night, taking home seven (7) Gold Anvils, two (2) Silver Anvils, and two (2) other major awards—Hall of Fame and Platinum Anvil.
Citing its three (3) decades of fostering Filipino artistry and creativity, the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) was conferred the “Hall of Fame” Award” under the Public Relations Program on a Sustained Basis category. The award is given to programs which won Gold Anvil five (5) times in the same category. MADE was cited for the following: career launch pad of the country’s most admired contemporary artists and designers; setting the benchmark among the country’s art competitions; known for its deep regard for the Filipino spirit as the pioneer for CSR in the arts and serving as a venue to develop holistic and well-rounded artists and designers who represent skills, craftsmanship, and sustainable design solutions; and for fueling the art community to serve a greater purpose through pay-it-forward projects initiated by its alumni association—MADE Network of Winners (NOW) and more importantly in contributing to general public’s appreciation for the arts through art exhibits and lectures.
Meanwhile, MBFI also earned another title as the corporate foundation which won a back-to-back Platinum Anvil (after winning it for its 30th Anniversary Celebration in the 50th Anvil Awards) for its 2014 Metrobank Foundation Annual Report entitled “Empowering Filipinos, Building the Nation.” The award is given to an outstanding public relations tool which stood out from the rest of other tools which also earned the Gold Anvil.
Leading the delegation in accepting the different awards were MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña, corporate secretary Alesandra Ty, executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr., and Assistant Executive Director Irene Labitad. They are joined by GT Capital Holdings, Inc. president Carmelo Maria Luza Bautista and Global Business Power Corporation senior vice president for Commercial and Business Development Alvin U. Ty.
“We are grateful for this another historic feat bestowed upon to the Metrobank Foundation and to its programs and communication tools. Our sustained winning streak in the Anvil Awards , indeed speak about our ‘commitment to excellence’ in everything we do as one of the core values we live by as the CSR arm of the Metrobank Group,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “It is one of the public relations measures we value as it indicates effective communication to our target publics and impactful strategies to reach out to target communities and sectors. To be awarded with an Anvil means you are doing an outstanding work in the field of public relations which kept us inspired all these years to continue to do good and even doing it better, if not best year after year,” he continued.
Other programs which won Gold Anvil include: 2015 Search for Journalists of the Year (JOY); 2015 The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS); 2015 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge, and 2015 National Teachers’ Month (NTM); while the 2015 Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) and 2015 Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT) won Silver Anvils. Another communication tool “2015 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos unified souvenir programs” also won a Gold Anvil.
MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 64 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) in the history of the Anvil Awards. The Anvil is the symbol of excellence in public relations in the Philippines, awarded by distinguished multi-sectoral jury to outstanding public relations programs and tools.