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Metrobank Awards Php 10 Million Grant To Social Development Partners

Metrobank, on the celebration of its 50th anniversary, continues its tradition of giving back to the community by supporting various development organizations through its corporate social responsibility arm — the Metrobank Foundation. Dubbed as the annual “Grants Turnover Ceremony”, P10 million worth of grant were given to 50 charitable organizations last August 31, 2012 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City. 

“For the Metrobank Foundation, giving grants is more than just doling out money. True to its motto to Excel. Engage. Empower., the Foundation engages development partners, which include the excellent Filipinos who have been recognized, who are encouraged to become agents of change in their respective communities,” said Metrobank chairman Arthur Ty. “This year’s event is especially meaningful to us in as much as we are also celebrating the Bank’s 50th Anniversary. Similar to the Bank’s success, which is largely due to its partnership with loyal clients, the Metrobank Foundation’s accomplishments can be traced to the active involvement of development partners who have helped further its mission and goals over the years,” he continued.

Mrs. Maria Corazon Purisima, Mrs. Josephine Ochoa, Mrs. Maria Lourdes Almendras, and Mrs. Margarita P. Juico, the Chairperson of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) graced the turnover ceremony as the special guests.  

All 50 grantees were present at the turnover, including retired Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, chairman of Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity; Mrs. Gretchen del Rosario, chairperson of International Bazaar Foundation; Mrs. Milagros Drilon, Senate Spouses Foundation, Inc. vice-president; Quezon City Vice-Mayor Josefina “Joy” Belmonte, Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc. president; and Ms. Margie Moran-Floirendo, Ballet Philippines president.

Other grantees are the Cartwheel Foundation Inc. (CFI) in support of the 45 Higaonon children under its Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP); the Maria Lena Buhay Memorial Foundation, Inc. to support the school expenses of deserving but financially-handicapped students; and the Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development (WAND) Foundation for the construction and installation of 14 units of ecosan portable toilets for communities in Cagayan De Oro and Iligan which were devastated by Typhoon Sendong in 2011.

Under the Metrobank Foundation’s Grants Program, select organizations are given funds to support development projects that uplift the disadvantaged and the marginalized. The Grants Program also supports projects in line with the thrusts of the Foundation in education, visual arts, and healthcare.