Metrobank Foundation honors development workers
MANILA, Philippines – Metrobank foundation honored 40 social development organizations during Rebuilding Dreams, the foundation's grants turnover ceremony and luncheon, on Friday, September 5.
The annual grants turnover is one of the highlights in the celebration of Metrobank's 52nd anniversary which honored development partners for their initiatives in nation-building.
According to Aniceto Sobrepeña, president of the Metrobank Foundation, the event signified the foundation's commitment to help the nation in achieving sustainable and equitable growth.
“The foundation's anniversary celebration will not end without the recognition of the efforts done by both the private sector and the national government in nation-building. This is our opportunity to recognize th excellent works of various NGOs and foundations in helping out the poor and marginalized," Sobrepeña said in Filipino.
The foundation allocated a total of P20 million for the 2014 bank anniversary donations and distibuted it to 40 development partners with various projects on social development, ranging from scholarships to livelihood assistance.
According to Sobrepeña, as a developmental organization, the foundation goes beyond charity by empowering like-minded institutions that are committed to nation-building.
"The challenge all the time is really to identify credible partners. We like to work with credible NGOs that have a track record and that are aligned with our advocacies," Sobrepeña added.
Of the 40 development partners, 20 organizations have various projects that provide the underprivileged access to education and trainings for teachers.
Among these organizations is Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (PRFD), for the support of its Special Education (SPED) Mobile Training Program in aid of its training teachers, superviors, community leaders, and various groups handling children and youth with SPED needs.
The foundation also recognized the Foundation for Professional Training, Inc (FPTI) for traning teachers on food and beverage services and institutional housekeeping services that are in line with the K to 12 program.
The foundation also initiated efforts that help communities in Yolanda-affected areas recover from the disaster brought about by the typhoon.
"My message for the government is that we hope that they will fast-track the approval of certain governmental regulations like the identification of no-build zones so that the private sector can come into the picture, and, with the little money that we have, go to places that they identify as priority," Sobrepeña said.
The president of Metrobank foundation added that the foundation always align their efforts with the programs of the government.
Another highlight of the program was the turnover of the Certificate of Commitment from the Metrobank group, through Federal Land, Inc (FLI), to Gawad Kalinga (GK) for a housing project in aid of Yolanda survivors in Capiz and Iloilo. The housing project which costs P15 million, would support the construction of 100 houses which will benefit affected families in Pawit-an, Capiz and Concepcion, Iloilo.
Through its grants program, Metrobank Foundation has extended financial assistance to organizations whose projects are aligned with its main thrusts on education, visual arts, and healthcare. - Rappler.com/with reports from Raisa Serafica