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.
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) received nine (9) awards at the recently concluded 16th Philippine Quill Awards organized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)-Philippines. Held on July 9, 2018 at the Grand Ballroom of Marriott Hotel in Pasay City, MBFI took home six (6) Quill Awards of Excellence and three (3) Quill Awards of Merits under the divisions: Communication Management and Communication Skills.
MBFI emerged as among the most-awarded organizations that night from among over 870 entries by hundreds of institutions nationwide, qualifying the Foundation as one of the finalists for the coveted Company of the Year award—not to mention the only corporate foundation among the roster.
Under the Communication Management Division, the “2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos” received a Quill Award of Excellence. Guided by the theme “Beyond Excellence”, the program recognizes exemplary teachers, soldiers, and police officers who render service above and beyond their call of duties. In 2017, ten (10) Outstanding Filipinos—composed of four (4) teachers, three (3) soldiers, and three (3) police officers—have been recognized for their accomplishments that have inspired and influenced their peers and the people in their communities. In keeping with the prestige of the award, MBFI introduced higher qualifying eligibility requirements; strategic information campaigns; rigorous field validation process; judging rounds chaired by distinguished individuals across various sectors; and carefully thought out events management during the week-long recognition activities.
Another Quill Award of Excellence went to MBFI grant-making initiatives, “Grants and Social Development Partnerships”, that help raise the quality of life of the poorest, most vulnerable, and underserved sectors of society. To realize the HEAL (health, education, arts, and livelihood) as priority thrusts and guiding framework in forging partnerships with social development partners, more strategic and responsive approaches were implemented on its grants administration. In 2017, there was a recorded increase in supporting high-impact Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-related projects and specific interventions under the HEAL thrusts. The network of social development partners was expanded to those which implement long-term and high-impact programs and projects.
On the other hand, “2017 National Teachers’ Month (NTM)” also took home a Quill Award of Excellence. A movement led by MBFI, together with the Department of Education and various multi-sectoral groups, NTM is held annually from September 5 to October 5. Guided by the “My Teacher, My Hero” theme, the idea is to engage the entire nation in joining the celebrations by bringing out the Teachers’ Day festivities from schools to the public sphere. On its 9th year, greater steps were taken in order to better highlight the role of teachers in nation-building.
“2017 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC)” was also awarded a Quill Award of Excellence. As the longest running and the most widely-participated annual mathematics competition for elementary and junior high school students in both public and private schools in the Philippines, former MMC winners represented the country and have won medals in international competitions.
Meanwhile, under the Communication Skills Division, the “2017 Graduates’ Forum “#Payit4ward: Service to 4Cs” and “2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos video shorts” were both awarded Quill Awards of Excellence. The 19th edition of the annual Graduates’ Forum for Class 2017 scholar graduates highlighted what makes an MBFI scholar different. A total of 91 scholar graduates finished their undergraduate degrees, from 21 universities and colleges nationwide, 23 of whom were Latin honorees–1 summa cum laude, 6 magna cum laude, and 16 cum laude. The Outstanding Filipinos video shorts, on the other hand, were products of collaboration with Pilipinas HD. A collection of vignettes and in-depth-stories, the video shorts narrate the inspirational stories of the 2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos.
Other winning entries include: “Exceletter”, the MBFI institutional newsletter; “Imagine: 2017 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Awarding Ceremony & Exhibit Opening”; “Beyond Excellence” Metrobank Foundation 2016 Annual Report, each took home Quill Awards of Merit.
To date, MBFI has won 57 Philippine Quill for its various programs and public relations tools since 1986.
For more information on MBFI’s scholarship programs, please visit www.mbfoundation.org.ph
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) conducted the 35th annual Grants Roundtable on April 20 at the Metrobank Plaza in Makati City. With the theme “How to Catch a Fish: Exploring the Different Faces of Entrepreneurship,” six (6) organizations shared the impact, lessons learned, and best practices in their projects which were supported by MBFI. This year, the event focused on livelihood, one of the Foundation’s priority thrusts as captured in the acronym HEAL — health, education, arts, and livelihood. Together with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), HEAL serves as the framework for the Foundations’ collaborative partnerships that work towards nation building.
The participants this year are: Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation; Hineleban Foundation; Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc. (CSFI); Philex Group Foundation; Angat Buhay—Office of the Vice President; and Kalsada Coffee Roasters. In alignment with SDG 1 (‘No Poverty’) and SDG 2 (‘Zero Hunger’), their MBFI-supported projects aimed at providing underprivileged families with opportunities to break away from the cycle of long-term poverty and become self-sustaining.
Recognizing the power of the arts to inspire creativity and empower communities, MBFI supported Escuela Taller’s Business Incubator Program (BIP) catering to out-of-school youth. They are taught in thedevelopment of unique product designs in the areas of woodworks, masonry, metal works, electrical, plumbing and painting. They are also trained to become future entrepreneurs and apply learned-skills to establish viable business models.
Three (3) of the organizations present during the event—Hineleban Foundation, Philex Group Foundation, and Kalsada Coffee Roasters—work with coffee farmers.
Hineleban Foundation employs a comprehensive end-to-end farm development program for Bukidnon’s Indigenous Peoples (IPs). MBFI supported the conduct of a series of training on growing quality coffee plants, values formation, environmental protection, and financial literacy. Hineleban also supports these coffee farmers in the processing and marketing of their produce.
For its part, Philex Group Foundation focuses on highland agriculture in the municipalities of Tuba and Itogon in Benguet. MBFI supported their Coffee Farm Rehabilitation Program, wherein farmers are trained to turn coffee trees in their properties into a viable source of income. The goal is to increase the harvest yield of coffee trees, connect farmers to sustainable markets, and empower them to provide for their families.
Kalsada Coffee Roasters, on the other hand, helps communities reach the global specialty coffee market through consolidating their harvest and processing their coffee collectively. In partnership with MBFI, they conducted training programs on the growing and processing methods, financial literacy, and ensuring quality control.
MBFI also works with the public sector, as seen in its collaborations with CSFI and Angat Buhay—Office of the Vice President.
To complement the legislative mandate of the House of Representatives, CSFI organizes the annual Kabuhayan Expo with support from MBFI. The trade and travel fair promotes the products and tourism potential of the country’s various provinces and congressional districts. In addition, proceeds from the event fund CSFI’s livelihood and literacy programs for female inmates.
Angat Buhay—Office of the Vice President, on the other hand, worked with MBFI in the procurement of additional materials and equipment for the women weavers of Marawi City. The goal is to help establish traditional weaving as an alternative source of income for marginalized sectors, while protecting the cultural heritage of the area.
“The Grants Roundtable is our way of getting to know our partners better and learning from each other’s best practices in development work,” said Sobrepeña. He added, “Together, we can contribute significant and sustainable solutions that will help improve quality of life for the underprivileged.”
Established in 1979, MBFI, through its Grants Program, continues to forge more partnerships with like-minded organizations who share in its mission of helping heal the Filipino one grant at a time.
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), through the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation (YBH), supported the construction of a half-way home or dormitory to cater to underprivileged students of Siayan National High School in Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte.
A formal turnover ceremony was held on February 15, 2018, with Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo gracing the event. It was the Angat Buhay program of the Office of the Vice President which first informed YBH of the situation faced by the schoolchildren of Siayan. On average, children in the area walk 8 kilometers crossing mountains and rivers just to go to school.
Also present during the turnover were Siayan Mayor Flora Villarosa, YBH president Dr. Anton Mari Lim, and officials from the Department of Education (DepEd).
Currently, the dormitory is occupied free of charge by 25 boys who come from underprivileged families in the area. This the third Yellow Dorm of Hope constructed by YBH, after building the first two in Kabasalan and Buayan, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Providing physical access to education is one of MBFI’s priorities under its Health, Education, Arts and Livelihood (HEAL) framework. The grant for the Yellow Dorm of Project marks a milestone in the partnership between MBFI and YBH in support of this goal. The two organizations previously worked together for DepEd’s Pedals and Paddles project. A total of 339 boats were donated for the benefit of almost 2,000 school children in Palawan, Cebu, Pampanga, and Davao Oriental who face difficulties in going to school. MBFI and YBH also collaborated for the construction of fishing boats for communities affected by supertyphoon Yolanda.
Established in 1979, MBFI, through its Grants Program, continues to forge more partnerships with like-minded organizations who share in the mission of helping heal the Filipino one grant at a time.
Vice President Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo (center), was awarded the 2017 Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair for Public Service and Governance, after her lecture at the Ateneo Professorial Schools in Makati last March 14, 2017. With her in the photo are (from left to right) Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña and Dr. Antonette Palma Angeles, Vice President for the Ateneo Professional Schools.As chairholder of the 2017 Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair for Public Service and Governance, Vice President Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo delivered a lecture on “Tsinelas Leadership as Vehicle for Empathy and Hope” on March 14, 2017 at the Ateneo Professional Schools Auditorium in Makati City. “Has democracy failed the world’s poor?” This was the question Robredo posed to her audience, which was mostly composed of students, faculty, and members of civil society groups. She cited how poverty remains a big challenge despite the steady growth of the Philippine economy in recent years. The Vice President noted that she believes in continuing “the unfinished task of democracy —that of deepening the empowerment of every human being.” She noted that this is where tsinelas leadership, a term coined in reference to her late husband Jesse’s brand of leadership, comes in. “For Jesse, it was critical that power was shared back with the people,” Robredo said. She added that the tsinelas “was a powerful symbol of his desire to keep everything simple and to serve as close to the ground as possible.” She highlighted the current efforts of her office to apply the same principles to their Angat Buhay anti-poverty program. Linking development organizations and the business sector to 50 of the poorest towns in the country, Robredo said that they involve the people in developing sustainable projects for their communities. “As a result, they feel empowered, and they own their projects. They are no longer mere beneficiaries, but now become partners and stakeholders. The success rate is higher when the people themselves are involved,” she observed. Robredo noted that “tsinelas leadership is truly the vehicle for empathy and the hope that we so desperately need today.” She added, “Given time, it can heal our nation from frustration—because it gives people their voice and brings government close to the people.” A joint undertaking between Metrobank Foundation and Ateneo de Manila University, the professorial chair seeks to give due recognition to public servants who are exemplary models of leadership and professionalism. It aims to strengthen the pillars of our government by furthering research and educating the citizenry on public-interest issues. Since its establishment in 2000, the title has been awarded to advocates of good governance including Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, and former Social Work and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales (center), awarded the 2016 Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair for Public Service and Governance, after her lecture at the Ateneo Professorial Schools in Makati With her in the photo are (from left to right) Rodolfo P. Ang, Dean of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business; Atty. Jaime Hofileña, Vice President for Social Development of Ateneo de Manila University; Antonio La Viña, Dean of the Ateneo School of Government; Atty Arlene Lapuz-Ureta, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Metrobank; Aniceto Sobrepeña, President of Metrobank Foundation; Dr. Antonette Palma Angeles, Vice President for the Ateneo Professional Schools; Atty. Ma. Tanya Karina Lat, Ateneo Law School Coordinator for Student Formation; Atty. Sedfrey Candelaria, Dean of the Ateneo Law School; and Dr. Manuel Dayrit, Dean of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health.As chairholder of the 2016 Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair for Public Service and Governance, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales delivered a lecture on “Building a Corruption Intolerant Society and Sustaining an Intergenerational National Anti-Corruption Agenda” on February 16, 2016 at the Ateneo Professional Schools Auditorium in Makati City. Morales discussed the various initiatives being undertaken by the Office of the Ombudsman to strengthen its institutional capacity. A National Integrity Center has been set up as its education arm, helping develop the skills of its more than 1,200-strong workforce. Efforts have also been made to increase efficiency in its work such as rationalizing functions among its various bureaus, filtering the intake of complaints filed with the Office, and assessing processes of key government for vulnerability to corruption. She noted that these efforts resulted in a total of 6,707 administrative and criminal cases resolved for 2015. The number of cases awaiting action by the court decreased by 16% despite a 2% increase in new cases filed. The Ombudsman is targeting to reduce its case backlog to zero before Morales’ term ends in 2018. Recognizing that the most important stakeholder in the battle against corruption is the Filipino public, the Ombudsman made steps to mobilize broader support for its work. The National Anti-Corruption Framework was completed and adopted on December 15 last year during the 3rd State Conference on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. Accreditation guidelines were also strengthened for civil society and student organization partners, and customized training modules developed. “One does not need to be a member of the civil service or to hold an appointive or elective post in government to be a public servant,” Morales said. She added that one must “bear in mind the best interest of the public, and to put it above one’s own if conflict arises.” Aniceto Sobrepeña, president of Metrobank Foundation, agreed with Morales and highlighted the role of the private sector as a partner in good governance. “You may ask, what is in it for the private sector if it champions governance that is effective, accountable, and upholds the rule of law? For many, the most obvious answer is that good governance creates a stable environment conducive to the pursuit of business goals. But let me add our take at the Metrobank Group – that it is simply our responsibility as citizens. We, who benefit from the freedoms afforded by a democratic society, must ensure that our countrymen enjoy similar prosperity and happiness,” he said. A joint undertaking between Metrobank Foundation and Ateneo de Manila University, the professorial chair seeks to give due recognition to public servants who are exemplary models of leadership and professionalism. It aims to strengthen the pillars of our government by furthering research and educating the citizenry on public-interest issues. Since its establishment in 2000, the title has been awarded to advocates of good governance including former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Social Work and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita “Ging” Deles. Download the highlights of the Ombudsman’s lecture here.