Metrobank Group reaps twelve Quills

The Metrobank Group of Companies emerged as one of the most awarded companies in the 10th Philippine Quill Awards by the International Association of Business Communicators held last November 28, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila. Metrobank, Metrobank Foundation (MBFI), and Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH) received a total of twelve (12) Quill Awards composed of four (4) Awards of Excellence; six (6) Awards of Merit; and two (2) Finalists. To be awarded with the Philippine Quill means being recognized as an achiever of the highest Global Standard for business communication practices, joining a select group of professionals who set the standards of excellence.

Awarded with Award of Excellence is the Group’s program “2011 Chinese New Year Bags of Blessing (BOB)” — aimed at celebrating the occasion of Chinese New Year as an opportunity to share blessings with underprivileged families through a Php 10 million donation worth of food packages to select 10,000 families in identified 17 areas nationwide. The event marked another milestone for the Metrobank Group which worked with the government and various local government units bringing together its subsidiaries, affiliates, and employee volunteers, necessary to make this nationwide endeavor a success.

Bringing home another two (2) Awards of Excellence is “You’re in Green Hands” a nationwide simultaneous tree planting activity in line with the celebration of CSR Week last July 2011. It covered nine (9) sites from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao mobilizing thousands of employee volunteers of Metrobank Group and engaging institutional partners such as DENR and cooperating local government units. A total of 17, 490 seedlings of endemic species were planted by the volunteers.

Meanwhile, MDH’s “Pause for Patients’ Safety” bagged an Award of Excellence. The program instituted a system in the Hospital which encourages doctors and nurses in the Operating Room to utilize the Patient Safety Checklist (PSC). This is a tool used in surgical procedures composed of sets of verifications performed throughout the entire operative process. The checklist ensures that the patients’ safety is prioritized during surgical/medical procedures.  

“These awards from the country’s most prestigious award for business communicators bring pride and honor to us making our humble contributions to nation-building relevant and meaningful,” said MBFI president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña. “The five awards garnered by MDH are auspicious as we celebrate our 55th anniversary this coming December 8,” he continued.

Other programs that were awarded include: “Ngiting Maganda Dulot ay Saya” A Comprehensive Oral Health Program for Grade 2 Students of Epifanio Delos Santos Elementary School (EDSES) in Singalong, Manila; “Get Involved! Everyone Can Save Lives! : Promoting a Safe Hospital Culture”; 3rd Doňa V. Tytana Memorial Lecture; Health Education thru Salamat Dok; 2011 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Art Caravan; and the Metrobank & Metrobank Foundation Unified 2010 Annual Reports.

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The Metrobank Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group, was established by its chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty in 1979. With the theme “Excel. Engage. Empower.” the Foundation has promoted a culture of excellence among Filipinos through its various programs, such as the Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), the Search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), the Search for the Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS), the Metrobank Math Challenge (MMC), College Scholarship Program (CSP) and Excellence in Judiciary Program (EJP). It also supports social development projects through like-minded organizations that have sought to uplift the lives of the disadvantaged groups and marginalized sectors in the society. “Converging to Inspire Change!” serves as the battlecry of the Foundation this year.  After 32 years, it shall continue to uphold values of excellence and champion its chosen stakeholders and the rest of our communities. It aims to strength ties with institutional partners in both public and private sectors such that there will always be a venue to further honor those who are able to reach their highest potential. Today, the Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to remain a leader in corporate social responsibility by initiating and supporting leading edge programs that uplift the lives of our people and inspire the best in the Filipinos