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.
GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) and Deaf Evangelistic Alliance Foundation, Inc. (DEAF Inc.) held a ground-breaking ceremony on February 19, 2020 at the DEAF Inc. campus in Brgy. Paowin, Cavinti, Laguna to jumpstart the construction of a two-storey school building that will benefit both deaf and hearing students currently completing junior high school and bachelor degrees in Elementary Education. Through a PhP 10 million donation, the building will have administrative offices, classrooms, a laboratory, and a library. Photo shows GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña (center right) and DEAF, Inc. chairman Cecilio Pedro (center left) leading the ceremonial ground-breaking, joined by officers of GTFI and board members of DEAF Inc.
Under its education thrust, GTFI provides access to quality education to financially-challenged yet academically-deserving students by partnering with educational institutions and investments in infrastructure development. DEAF Inc. is one of the few private schools in the country catering to deaf and hard-of-hearing college students.
GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) and Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech) signed a memorandum of agreement to renew their partnership for the Scholarships for Technical-Vocational Education Program (STEP) on February 11, 2020 at the Metrobank Plaza in Makati City. Photo shows GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña (center right) and TMP Tech president David Go (center left) leading the ceremonial signing joined by other key officers of both organizations. GTFI turned over an amount of PhP 5 million to support the completion of a two-year General Job Automotive Servicing course of students enrolled at TMP Tech campus in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
STEP aims to equip out-of-school youth and other marginalized students with skills that will help them gain immediate employment through Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). GTFI supports scholars from select TVET schools in the country with industry tie-ups for guaranteed employment. Since 2013, 59 STEP scholars have earned TMP Tech certifications and are now employed in the local and international automotive industry. TMP Tech is a non-stock and non-profit educational institution geared towards transforming the Philippines into a human resource development hub to meet the needs of Global Toyota.
GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI) and Fr. Al’s Children Foundation, Inc. (FACFI) signed a memorandum of agreement on February 10, 2020, at the Metrobank Plaza in Makati City for a six-year scholarship program that will sponsor the education of 100 students currently enrolled at the Sisters of Mary Schools in Silang, Cavite. As a 6-year program, the education of these students starting Grade 7 until they finish Grade 12 will be sponsored by GTFI. Photo shows, GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña (center left) turning over the first tranche in the amount of PhP 4.9 million to FACFI president Carlos Rufino (center right). They were joined by officers of GTFI and FACFI.
Under its education thrust, GTFI provides access to quality education to financially-challenged yet academically-deserving students by partnering with educational institutions. Under this new partnership, GTFI will finance the secondary education of 50 male and 50 female students. FACFI was founded in 1992 after the demise of Fr. Aloysius Schwartz, founder of Sisters of Mary Congregation in Korea, to assist the charity program of the Sisters of Mary Schools. Today, it provides food, clothing, shelter, medical and dental services, high school and technical education free of charge to over 11,000 students from underprivileged families.
As an annual tradition, GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI), together with Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) held a simultaneous distribution of “Bags of Blessing” on the day of Chinese New Year, January 25, 2020. This year, a total of 25 cities and municipalities across NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao were chosen to serve as distribution areas wherein another P10 million worth of food packages were distributed to 10,000 families.
The main event was held at the Universidad de Manila in the City of Manila, where 400 families from the city received assistance. The gift-giving activity was led by Metrobank Group chairman Arthur Ty; Federal Land chairman and GTFI president Alfred Ty; GTFI honorary chair Mary Ty; GTFI vice president Anjanette Dy Buncio; and Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña. They were joined by City of Manila Vice Mayor Dra. Honey Lacuna; Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional director for NCR Vicente Gregorio Tomas; and Manila Department of Social Welfare director Ma. Asuncion Fugoso.
The Bags of Blessing is the brainchild of the late Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George Ty Siao Kian. Since its inception in 2011, it has become an instrument in giving back to underprivileged families and providing an opportunity for them to take part in the Chinese New Year celebration.
The inspiration behind this activity is the traditional ang-pao, a red envelope containing cash used to deliver best wishes, luck, and good energy. Instead of cash-giving, specially designed red bags containing P1,000 worth of food packages—rice, canned goods, milk, sugar, noodles, and other basic commodities—are distributed to indigent families.
“Bags of Blessing is really about giving back to the community. It’s trying to share what you have, and hopefully it puts some meaning and difference in their lives,” shared GTFI vice president Anjanette Dy Buncio.
Beneficiaries were carefully selected by DSWD and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) through its network of dioceses and archdioceses. Other than belonging to the status of living below the poverty line, families affected by recent calamities, Indigenous Peoples (IPs), and non-beneficiaries of DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) were also given priority.
“Sharing and reaching out to our neighbors is not a novel act for the organization. Heart for community has always been at the core of what we do and Bags of Blessing, which is now on its eighth year, is rooted in that very idea. Amidst the festivities of the Chinese New Year, we aim to provide aid to those in the peripheries of society,” said MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña.
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 participated in the series of gift-giving activities. Key partners also include the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) who provided security and logistical support, in coordination with concerned local government units and Catholic archdioceses.
In Metro Manila, distributions were also held at the City of San Juan, Makati City, Muntinlupa City, and Las Piñas City. In Luzon, distributions were carried out at San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte; Dagupan City, Pangasinan; Baguio City, Benguet; Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; Baliwag, Bulacan; Porac, Pampanga; Imus City, Cavite; San Pablo City, Laguna; Lipa City, Batangas; and Legazpi City, Albay. In Visayas, areas included Naval, Biliran; San Remigio, Antique; Bacolod City, Negros Occidental; Cebu City, Cebu; Cordova, Cebu; and Tubigon, Bohol. In Mindanao, distributions were held at Cagayan de Oro City; Misamis Oriental; Davao City, Davao del Sur; Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur; and Koronadal City, South Cotabato. All sites catered to 400 beneficiary families each.
Cabunga-an Barangay Health StationThis is the fourth barangay health station built in partnership with Plan International Philippines, a development and humanitarian organization advocating for children’s rights to education, protection, health care and high quality of life. Besides the provision of primary healthcare to locals, maternal services from pregnancy to post-partum including childcare will also be made accessible. It houses several rooms for consultation, sterilization, recovery, labor and delivery.
Delivery roomGTFI also sponsored the health station’s equipment and the purchase of a motorcycle ambulance for the transportation of patients, especially for pregnant mothers.
Motorcycle ambulanceAs a grant-giving organization, GTFI assists qualified non-government organizations focusing on maternal and child care through the following priority areas: maternal health–construction or rehabilitation and equipping of new barangay health stations; medical and surgical missions; mobile clinics; assistance to public health facilities; training for health care providers on maternal and child health care services; and nutrition. Two (2) more health stations with birthing facilities are set to be turned over in barangay Kinitaan, North Upi, Maguindanao and barangay Bungued, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao this month. GTFI was established in 2009 to integrate the philanthropic activities of the Ty family by investing in strategic development programs primarily in education, health, and disaster response through direct interventions and grants.
2019 ANNIVERSARY GRANTS TURNOVER
MR. ANICETO M. SOBREPEÑA
4 SEPTEMBER 2019, 11:00AM
Metrobank Plaza Auditorium
Sharing is the clearest manifestation of gratitude. It is a message of thanks spoken in the deepest language of the human heart.
It is with this generosity that Dr. Ty founded Metrobank Foundation (MBFI) in 1979, sixteen (16) years after he built Metrobank in 1962. It is the foundation responsible for acknowledging the efforts of our heroes in the academe, the military, and the police force through its search for Outstanding Filipinos. It is the same foundation together with partners like yourselves, that is responsible for giving teachers proper recognition through its nationwide celebration of the National Teachers’ Month. Of course, MBFI is the same foundation that has been recognizing the talent and hard work of young Filipino artists since 1984 through its visual arts and design program, the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence. Aside from these programs, MBFI also contributes to development through grants in the areas of health, education, arts, and livelihood (heal).
Contributions to these areas, along with the aforementioned notable programs, are testaments to Dr. Ty’s generosity of spirit. Mr. Arthur Ty, his eldest son, said it best in his message during the MBFI 40th Anniversary, “the work we do at the Metrobank Foundation is a reflection of Dr. Ty’s enduring legacy to make a difference in the lives of the citizenry and contribute to nation building.” Anyone who has achieved this much can spend the rest of his days enjoying his blessings, finding comfort in the idea that he has contributed back to society just as much. But just like this year’s Metrobank Foundation anniversary theme “Puso at Sigasig”, Dr. Ty has heart and zeal that refuse to rest knowing there is always room for growth and knowing he can help more.
Not known to many, Dr. Ty also put up his family foundation, GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI). Since its inception back in October of 2009, the foundation has silently pursued the philanthropic initiatives of the family in the areas of health, environment, and education. Taken together, these grant priority areas result in the acronym “heed,” which is very fitting as GTFI aims to respond to the needs of the underprivileged and hope to pave ways for a better and brighter future.
In addition to grants, GTFI also supports projects that perpetuate the legacy of the Ty family primarily through infrastructure development. These projects cut across the foundation’s priority areas, helping fund the construction and equipping of school buildings, classrooms, laboratories and the like, for education; barangay health stations and maternity waiting homes, for health.
A few years back, when asked to talk about his accomplishments with respect to putting up a bank at the very young age of 29 with hardly any experience in the industry, Dr. Ty compared himself to “an ant that moves a mountain.” He said ‘we have stories in Chinese about an ant that moves a mountain. Actually, it is not just one ant; it’s a group, thousand of ants that moved the mountain. In my particular case, i was just one small ant.”
The analogy he made himself, however, was to the spirit of a singular ant. “i have the spirit of an ant. Ants work together: they never give up. I have a very good people and we are working together to move more mountains.”
Throughout his journey to success, Dr. Ty found partners who also shared a vision for nation building. Among them was the late President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino who served as Metrobank foundation’s chairman of the board of advisers from the time she stepped down from the presidency in 1992, up to the time of her death. We specifically remember today our beloved Tita Cory whose 10th death anniversary we just commemorated last August.
This is the very essence of today’s event – partnerships. As our two foundations mature, MBFI and GTFI try to explore ways to make our projects more strategic in generating the desired impacts. We want to be able to determine if our efforts in fact contribute to nation building, and in what way. In order to do this, we rely on you, our partners and stakeholders. If we are to succeed, we need your commitment, not just to carry out project deliverables, but to provide relevant solutions to stakeholder needs; to assess the undertaking; and make sure the next one is even more meaningful and impactful. As we propagate a culture of excellence, we need partners like you who share the same mindset. Today’s ceremonies therefore, allow us to express our trust in your capabilities in turning our shared vision into reality.
With these directions, Dr. Ty will surely find peace knowing that the values he championed endure, and his legacy lives on, thanks to our concerted efforts.Thank you once again, and welcome to the 2019 Anniversary Grants Turnover Ceremony in celebration of Metrobank’s 57th Anniversary.
Have a pleasant morning.