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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.

Healthier communities

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.

Sustainable livelihoods

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) and the GT Foundation, Inc., together with partners Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines and Fluor Philippines, recognized this year’s batch of scholar graduates during the 20th Graduates’ Forum, held last June 22, 2018 at the Penthouse of Metrobank Plaza in Makati City.

With the theme “#PayIt4Ward: Service to 4Cs,” the event aims to highlight what makes a Metrobank scholar different—his or her commitment to serve Creator, Clan, Community and Country.

This year, a total of 33 scholars finished their undergraduate degrees from 7 universities and colleges across the country. They are the recipients of the following scholarship programs: MBFI-Manila Tytana Colleges-Youth for Excellence and Service (YES); MBFI-Pacific Paint (Boysen); Fluor-MBFI; ACCESS II (Assistance for the Completion of College Education for Superior Students); including graduates under the scholarship programs of GTFI. Out of the 33 scholars, 12 finished with Latin honors-6 magna cum laude and 6 cum laude. They were conferred with Metrobank medals and certificates of academic excellence.

The annual event is designed to inspire scholar graduates on the value of giving back as they jumpstart their professional careers. The 4Cs—Creator, Clan, Community and Country—outlines how scholars can pay forward the blessings they have received. “The Foundation has been designing scholarship programs fitting to harness the significant role of the Filipino youth in nation building. We are hopeful that by giving you access to education, you are capable to give back to God, your family and country as the Foundation seeks to instill holistic growth to you through intervention programs with the help of like-minded institutional and academic partners” said MBFI executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr. in his welcome remarks.

Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Ida Talia Hernandez, a magna cum laude Architecture graduate from University of the Philippines-Diliman expressed gratitude for the help they received and for the experiences that molded them.

Ida never stopped in putting extra effort to prove she is a worthy scholar. Although initially challenged to excel and maintain high grades, the scholarship pushed her to become more diligent and hard-working—taking steps to improve not just academically, but socially and psychologically. Owing her strength to supportive family and friends whom she sees as her life’s blessings, Ida believes that one should always look for opportunities to be of service to loved ones and fellowmen.

Series of activities followed the awarding ceremony. During the “Where Youthful Energy meet Lifelong Experience” session, executives from the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings gave tips over lunch to the new graduates related to the professional world. Scholars also shared stories of their life’s journey and of the people who helped them along the way. They outlined their future plans on vision boards to guide their next steps in life.

Among these graduate scholars was Abigail Leron, a BS Accountacy graduate, magna cum laude, from the Manila Tytana Colleges. Abi lost his father before graduating high school. Since her mother did not have a steady income, she knew she needed a scholarship to be able to continue schooling. The scholarship allowed her to pursue Accountancy without putting much burden on her family. She is now a Certified Public Accountant. She hopes to be successful in whatever career she will choose in the future—so she may be able to provide for her family and be involved in programs that will benefit the elderly.

Jed Patrick O’ Connor, a magna cum laude, BS Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate from the Manila Tytana Colleges, is a son of a solo parent. Jed grew up instilled with the dedication to always prioritize his family. Applying for the GTFI scholarship helped his mother to support his’ and his sister’s studies, and be able to save some money. Now that he has graduated, he plans to pursue his dream of being a pilot. In the meantime, he is working in the airline industry and is working hard towards his goals, alongside getting involved in various volunteer activities.

Meanwhile, Anjelica Nicole Hernandez, a cum laude BS Architecture graduate from the University of Santo Tomas shared that the scholarship did more than just helping her family with her education. It served as her motivation to always give her best and a constant reminder that God makes miracles in her life. Despite encountering difficulties in her academics, Nicole involved herself in various advocacies to promote architecture, such as heritage preservation and mural-making in public schools. In the future, she hopes to work and gain expertise in an international firm—after which, she will go back to the country to impart her knowledge to local architects.

Every year, the Foundation stages the Graduates’ Forum to recognize the academic and non- academic undertakings of its promising graduates from different scholarship programs. Reflecting Metrobank Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty’s commitment to nurture the country’s future leaders, the two day-long event allows graduates to thank 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 1000 graduates in collaboration with its partner institutions and schools. For more information on MBFI’s scholarship programs, please visit www.mbfoundation.org.ph.

The Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings, Inc., through the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), celebrated the Chinese New Year through the 2018 Bags of Blessing project which kicked off on February 16, 2018 at Lancaster New City Activity Center in Imus City, Cavite. Through a P 10 million worth of donations, 10,000 families from 21 cities and municipalities nationwide will receive P 1,000 worth of food bags. Photo shows Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty (6th from left) leading the ceremonial turnover of goods to beneficiaries. He was joined by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco (7th from left); Metrobank Foundation adviser Mary Ty (5th from left); Metrobank chairman Arthur Ty (5th from right); Federal Land chairman Alfred Ty (3rd from left); Metrobank Card Corporation vice chairman Anjanette Dy Buncio (2nd from left); GT Capital Holdings assistant treasurer Alesandra Ty (2nd from right); MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña (leftmost), and PRO-FRIENDS president Guillermo Choa (rightmost).

On the day of Chinese New Year, the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings, Inc. kicked off the Bags of Blessing project last February 16, 2018 at Lancaster New City in Imus, Cavite. Spearheaded by the Ty family foundation—GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), together with Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), PhP 10 million worth of food packages will be distributed to 10,000 families in 21 cities and municipalities nationwide. For this site, a total of 500 underprivileged families from General Trias, Cavite were assisted, held in partnership with the Property Company of Friends, Inc. (PRO-FRIENDS).

A brainchild of Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K Ty, Bags of Blessing is a series of gift-giving activities in select areas nationwide catering to underprivileged families. Instead of the traditional “ang-paos” (red envelopes containing cash), each family receives a bag containing PhP 1,000 worth of food items.

Beneficiaries were carefully selected from the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), known as “Listahanan”, of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)—an information management system designed to provide a comprehensive database of the country’s poorest families in need of assistance. A number of families identified in cooperation with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) are also included in the beneficiary list. Other than belonging to the status of living below the poverty line, families affected by recent calamities, Indigenous Peoples (IPs), and non- 4Ps beneficiaries are given priority.

The distribution was led by Dr. Ty, who was joined by DSWD OIC secretary Emmanuel Leyco; Metrobank chairman Arthur Ty; Federal Land chairman Alfred Ty; Metrobank Card Corporation vice chairman Anjanette Dy Buncio; GT Capital Holdings assistant treasurer Alesandra Ty; MBFI adviser Mary Ty; GT Capital Holdings president Carmelo Bautista; Philippine Savings Bank president Vicente Cuna; PRO-FRIENDS president Guillermo Choa; First Metro Asset Management president Augusto Cosio; Orix Metro Leasing and Finance Corporation director Fumihiko Sato; and MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña.

“The Bags of Blessing is grounded in our tradition of sharing blessings with the needy,” said Sobrepeña. He added, “We at the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings are privileged to work with our partners in support of the government’s anti-poverty programs. It is our hope that through the Bags of Blessing, we can augment the daily needs of our countrymen—the vulnerable and the marginalized—as we usher in the Year of the Earth Dog.”

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), in coordination with concerned local government units and Catholic archdioceses also serve as key partners in this undertaking.

Simultaneous distributions will also be held in the following countryside areas, with 400 to 500 beneficiary families each—Sta. Rosa City, Laguna; Baras, Rizal; Infanta, Quezon; Botolan, Zambales; Iloilo City; Cebu City; Naval, Biliran; Ormoc City; Davao City; Surigao City; General Santos City; and Talacogon, Agusan del Sur. Selected sites from the National Capital Region (NCR) include the City of Manila, Taguig City, Pasay City, Marikina City, Quezon City, Makati City, Navotas City, and Caloocan City.

Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) president and GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña (seated, 4th from left) and Department of Social Welfare and Development OIC Emmanuel Leyco (3rd from left) lead the ceremonial turnover of assorted food items to beneficiary families during the MOA signing for the 2018 Bags of Blessing at the DSWD Central Office in Quezon City last February 8, 2018. Joining them are MBFI executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr. and DSWD Undersecretary Florita Villar.

  In support of the government’s anti-poverty programs, the GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI)—the family foundation of Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty—together with the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), renewed its partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the conduct of the 2018 Bags of Blessing (BOB). DSWD officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco and MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña led the MOA signing held on February 8, 2018 at the DSWD Central Office in Quezon City.

  Now on its sixth year, BOB is a series of nationwide gift-giving activities catering to underprivileged families in select areas nationwide in celebration of Chinese New Year. Instead of the traditional “ang-paos” (red envelopes containing monetarial gifts), bags containing PhP 1,000 worth of food items will be distributed to 10,000 underprivileged families. A total of PHP 10 million worth of these bags are slated for distribution in 21 cities and municipalities nationwide.

  “Amidst the festivities of the Chinese New Year, we must remember those who live in the margins—that they too must be able to celebrate. Guided by the values of our chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty, Bags of Blessing is our small contribution towards providing families with dignity and self-respect that befits the Filipino,” said Sobrepeña. “Towards this end, we are privileged to work with DSWD and all our partners in giving back to those in need,” he continued.

  For his part, Leyco expressed appreciation for the efforts by GTFI and MBFI, saying that the BOB “is a welcome development in our mutual desire and commitment towards social protection and social development.” He also noted that DSWD looks forward to more fruitful partnerships with the Foundations in the future, with the goal of reaching “our fellowmen who are most vulnerable and marginalized.”

  The 2018 BOB kicks off on February 16 at Lancaster City in Gen. Trias, Cavite, reaching out to 500 families. Distributions will also be held in the following countryside areas, with 400 to 500 beneficiary families each:  Sta. Rosa City, Laguna; Baras, Rizal; Infanta, Quezon; Botolan, Zambales; Iloilo City; Cebu City; Naval, Biliran; Ormoc City; Davao City; Surigao City; General Santos City; and Talacogon, Agusan del Sur. For the National Capital Region, selected sites include the City of Manila, Taguig City, Pasay City, Marikina City, Quezon City, Makati City, Navotas City, and Caloocan City.

  Majority of the beneficiaries were selected from DSWD’s Listahanan, a database of poor families in the Philippines. Priority is given to families who live below the poverty line, those affected recently by calamities, members of Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities, and those who are not yet part of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

  In addition to DSWD, implementation partners for the 2018 BOB include the different subsidiaries and affiliates of GT Capital Holdings and the Metrobank Group, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, and local government units.

 

Bulong Pulungan supports call for nominations for the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. In attendance were 2017 MBFI Outstanding Filipinos: Police Chief Inspector Rosalino Ibay, Jr. (Manila Police District Intelligence and Operations Unit chief, 2nd from left), Lt. Col. Elmer Suderio (head executive assistant at the Office of the Commanding General, Philippine Army, 4th from left), and Dr. Alonzo Gabriel (professor and university scientist at the University of the Philippines Diliman, 5th from left). Joining them in the photo are Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña (1st from left) and Bulong Pulungan founder / Manila Bulletin columnist Deedee Siytangco (3rd from left).

These are challenging times to be a public servant—especially a teacher, a soldier, and a police officer—in our country. But to say that exemplary public servants are a dying breed would be a great disservice to those who have selflessly pledged their lives in the pursuit of service to our nation. These individuals—who go about their work quietly, pursuing advocacies and initiatives that yield positive change in their respective communities—deserve due recognition. This was the message delivered by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) to media attendees during the Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel press conference last January 16, 2018.

Another batch of 10 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos will be recognized—4 teachers, 3 soldiers, and 3 police officers. Each awardee will receive a PhP 1 million cash incentive, a trophy, and a gold medallion and will be awarded during Metrobank’s 56th anniversary celebration in September.

“Beyond professional accomplishments, we aim to look for everyday heroes who have gone beyond personal limitations to earn outstanding achievements,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “The Metrobank Foundation is privileged to highlight their achievements in inspiring change in their respective institutions and for sharing their stories of steadfast commitment in nation-building,” he added.

Present during the press forum were 2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos—Dr. Alonzo Gabriel (professor and university scientist, University of the Philippines Diliman), Lt. Col. Elmer Suderio (head executive assistant at the Office of the Commanding General, Philippine Army), and Police Chief Inspector Rosalino Ibay, Jr. (District Intelligence and Operations Unit chief, Manila Police District). They talked about the challenges they faced, their advocacies, and the impact of the award in their lives. They also provided tips to potential nominees.

Under the search, teachers, soldiers, and police officers who are eligible to join must have a minimum of 10 years of service with at least “very satisfactory” rating in the last 10 years of service to their profession. Those who are set to retire must have at least 3 remaining years of service. Qualified elementary and secondary teachers must have completed academic requirements for Master’s Degree while Higher Education teachers must have a doctorate degree. Qualified AFP commissioned officers (Captain to Colonel) must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree while AFP enlisted personnel (Corporal to Chief Master Sergeant) must have completed a High School degree. PNP commissioned officers (Police Inspector to Police Senior Superintendent) and non-commissioned officers (Police Officer 2 to Senior Police Officer 4) must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree.

Nomination forms and detailed guidelines are now available via the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Facebook page. Deadline for nominations to be sent to the MBFI Secretariat is on March 1, 2018. For further inquiries, you may call telephone numbers (02) 898-8898, (02) 857-8757, (02) 945-7006 or mobile numbers 0956-873-4684, 0925-830-3717, and 0933-522-4186. Please look for Kristal Todcor (teachers), Third Salang (soldiers), and Beni Benipayo (police officers). You may also send inquiries via email to oustandingfilipinos.mbfi@gmail.com. Nomination forms can also be accessed through www.http://www.mbfoundation.org.ph.

The search is held in partnership with the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education; Rotary Club of Makati Metro and the Armed Forces of the Philippines; Rotary Club of New Manila East, Philippine Savings Bank, and the Philippine National Police.

Visit our Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Facebook Page.

The Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings, Inc., through the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), celebrated the Chinese New Year through the 2017 Bags of Blessing (BOB) program which kicked off on January 28, 2017 at Taguig Lakeshore Hall in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City. Through a P 10 million worth of donations, 10,000 families from 18 cities and municipalities nationwide will receive P 1,000 worth of food bags. Photo shows Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty (4th from left) leading the ceremonial turnover of goods to a beneficiary. He was joined by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)Secretary Judy Taguiwalo (5th from left); Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano (4th from right); Metrobank Foundation adviser Mary Ty (3rd from left); Metrobank chairman Arthur Ty (2nd from left); Federal Land, Inc. (FLI) chairman Alfred Ty (3rd from right); FLI senior vice president Anjanette Dy Buncio (rightmost); Metrobank Foundation corporate secretary Alesandra Ty (2nd from right); and Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña (leftmost).

In celebration of Chinese New Year, the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings, Inc. kicked off its nationwide “Bags of Blessing” last January 28, 2017 at the Taguig Lakeshore Hall in Taguig City. Spearheaded by the Ty family foundation — GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), together with Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), PHP 10 million worth of food packages will be distributed to 10,000 families in select areas in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and the National Capital Region. During the distribution in Taguig City, held in partnership with Federal Land, Inc. (FLI), 500 underprivileged families received bags containing rice, milk, sugar, canned goods, and noodles among other basic commodities.

A brainchild of Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K Ty, Bags of Blessing is a series of nationwide gift-giving activities held to welcome the Year of the Fire Rooster as a way of carrying out the Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings’ tradition of sharing. Instead of “ang-paos” — red envelopes containing monetarial gifts — bags containing assorted food items are distributed to underprivileged families. In support of the government’s anti-poverty programs, beneficiaries are primarily families who are not yet members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The distribution was led by Dr. Ty, who was joined by DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo; Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano; Metrobank chairman Arthur Ty; FLI chairman Alfred Ty; FLI senior vice president Anjanette Dy Buncio; MBFI corporate secretary Alesandra Ty; MBFI adviser Mary Ty; GT Capital president Carmelo Bautista; FLI president Pascual Garcia; AXA Philippines president Rahul Hora; First Metro Asset Management president Augusto Cosio; MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña; and First Metro Securities Brokerage president Gonzalo Ordoñez.

“For five years now, the Bags of Blessing has served as an opportunity for our employees, scholars, and partners to give back to our communities which have always been at the core of our corporate values. In response to Pope Francis’ clarion call for Filipinos to go to the peripheries, we have given our best efforts, along with our partners, to reach out to poor families who are not yet listed in any major poverty alleviation programs. Through the Bags of Blessing, we hope to alleviate their hunger while celebrating the New Year together,” said Sobrepeña.

The partnership with the DSWD, which coordinated with the social welfare and development offices of the different local government units, was instrumental to locating the beneficiaries who are in the margins of the society.

The leaders and employees from the network of Metrobank branches as well as the different subsidiaries and affiliates of GT Capital Holdings and the Metrobank Group are mobilized to help in the series of gift-giving activities. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) also serve as partners, providing security and logistical support.

Simultaneous distributions also took place in the regions on the same day—Baguio City; Balanga City, Bataan; Imus City, Cavite; Sta. Rosa City, Laguna; Iloilo City; Cebu City; Palo, Leyte; Cotabato City; and Zamboanga City, with 500 beneficiary families each. Davao City will have 1000 families as beneficiaries.

Distributions for 500 families each will also be conducted in the succeeding days in Makati City, Pasay City, Marikina City, Quezon City, Navotas City, and Caloocan City. The City of Manila will have1000 families as beneficiaries.

Dr. George S. K. Ty (center) receives the 2017 Ramon V. Del Rosario Award for Nation-Building from Retired Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, Chairman of the Board of Judges, joined by Phinma President & CEO Ramon del Rosario, JCI President Nino Namoco, and AIM President Jikyeong Kang. Dr. Ty is joined by his wife Mary Ty.

Metrobank Group chairman and founder Dr. George S.K. Ty received the 2017 Ramon V. Del Rosario (RVR) Award for Nation Building conferred by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila and the Asian Institute of Management’s (AIM) Center for Corporate Responsibility last July 25, 2017 at the Taipan Room of the Tower Club in Makati City. Dr. Ty is the 9th RVR Award for Nation Building awardee, and was selected from the initial list of 26 nominees by the esteemed Board of Judges chaired by retired Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, with former Ambassador of the Philippines to United States of America Jose Cuisia; chairman of PHINMA Corporation Oscar Hilado; chairman emeritus of Planters Development Bank Ambassador Jesus Tambunting; president of Ultrex Management & Investment Corp. Senen Bacani; and JCI Manila’s 2017 executive vice president John Bautista as members. The Nominations Shortlisting Committee, on the other hand, was chaired by Ramon Del Rosario, Jr. Dr. Ty was chosen for exhibiting entrepreneurial spirit, good corporate citizenship, social responsibility, and for his underlying passion for nation-building, all of which mirror the traits and characteristics exemplified by Ramon V. Del Rosario. It was in the course of transacting with the banks for the family enterprise that he became interested in the financial services industry. By the time he was 29 years old, he founded the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank), since then, Metrobank has grown to become a leading provider of corporate and consumer banking products and services in the Philippines. The Bank became successful that Dr. Ty decided to heed the noble calling of giving back. Dr. Ty established the Metrobank Foundation in early 1979—16 years after founding the Bank. Guided by his philosophy that leadership in business implied leadership in community service, the Foundation aims to improve social conditions by providing assistance to key sectors of the society through  education, visual arts, healthcare, peace and security, and judiciary. Over the course of 38 years, the Metrobank Foundation has nurtured an extensive network of outstanding individuals and organizations that continue to make a lasting impact on society. Among others, Dr. Ty is the group chairman of the GT Capital Holdings Inc. composed of Metrobank, Federal Land, Pro-Friends, AXA Philippines, Toyota Motor Philippines, and has substantial interest in Metro Pacific Investments. The Ramon V. Del Rosario Award for Nation Building is a lifetime business leader award program. The award is a partnership between JCI Manila and the Asian Institute Management’s Center for Corporate Social Responsibility. It was named in honor of JCI Manila’s foundation president and the acknowledge “Father of Philippine Modern Industry.” Since its grand launching in September 2009, it has been the premier awards program of JCI Manila and it continues to recognize business leaders who have not only been highly successful in their own perspective fields but have also created a huge impact in nation-building. List of previous awardees also include Henry Sy, Sr.; Manny V. Pangilinan; Jaime Zobel De Ayala; Vicente Paterno; Washington Sycip; Oscar Lopez; and Amb. Jesus Tambunting and Senen Bacani. JCI Manila is one of Asia’s first and premier leadership development organizations for your professionals and has been in existence for more than 65 years. The organization has spearheaded numerous awards program such as the Ten Outstanding Young Men Award (TOYM) and the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Award (BTCA).
The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) took home seven (7) trophies at the 52nd Anvil Awards last March 10, 2017 held at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La Hotel. 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 received 3 Gold Anvils and 4 Silver Anvils. Awarded with Gold Anvil is the “2016 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos” which honors exemplary individuals from the academe, military, and police, through its component searches—Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS).  Another Gold Anvil was given to “2016 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge” (MMC), the only math competition in Asia spearheaded by a bank that provides a venue for Filipino students 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). The third Gold Anvil was conferred to the “2016 National Teachers’ Month (NTM)”, a month-long advocacy campaign that engages different sectors of society to give honor and pay tribute to the teaching profession. In 2016, the movement gained grounds through the passing of Republic Act No. 10743 formally designating “October 5 of every year as National Teacher’s Day”. On the other hand, a Silver Anvil went to the “2016 Bags of Blessing”, a program spearheaded by the family foundation of Dr. George SK Ty—GT Foundation, Inc. in partnership with MBFI.  Held every Chinese New Year, P10 million worth of food packages benefit 10,000 underprivileged families nationwide. Meanwhile, under the PR Tools category, MBFI also took home 3 Silver Anvils for its “2016 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Unified Souvenir Programs”; MBFI 2015 Annual Report entitled “Dreams, Journeys, and Discoveries”; and “HEALing the Nation, One Grant at a Time” audio-visual presentation, respectively.  MBFI has been winning Anvil awards since 1985. To date, it has won 71 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.

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