The officers of Metrobank and Metrobank Foundation, led by Metrobank Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty (11th from left, bottom row), with its social development partners during the Anniversary Grants Turnover Ceremony at Metrobank Plaza in Makati City.

On the occasion of its 55th anniversary, Metrobank continued its tradition of giving back to communities by supporting various social development organizations through its corporate social responsibility arm—the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), and the Ty family foundation—GT Foundation, Inc. (GTFI).

A total of 37 organizations were awarded grants during the annual Anniversary Grants Turnover Ceremony held on September 7, 2017 at the auditorium of Metrobank Plaza in Makati City. Atty. Betty Medialdea, president of Pioneer Foundation, Inc., served as the Guest of Honor.

“Metrobank Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty believes that leadership in business entails leadership in community service as well,” said MBFI president and GTFI executive director Aniceto Sobrepeña. He added, “For us in the Metrobank family, ‘heart for the community’ has been a dictum we should not only remember in speech, but should also practice through deed.”

MBFI and GTFI’s priority thrusts are captured by the acronym HEAL — health, education, arts, and livelihood. Together with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), HEAL serves as the framework for the Foundations’ partnerships with around 100 organizations that work towards nation building.

Access to Life’s Basics

One in every eight people does not have access to safe and clean drinking water. This situation results in the spread of water-borne diseases affecting young children.

Working towards the attainment of SDG 6 (“Ensure sustainability and sustainable management of water for all”), MBFI supports World Vision’s "Clean Hands Project." A water supply and handwashing facility will be constructed in Quintin Remo Elementary School in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental which will provide public elementary school children an access to clean water. Hygiene kits will also be distributed.

Quality Education Leaving No One Behind

Aligned with SDG 4 (“Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”), MBFI and GTFI continue to invest in promoting access to quality education for all.

GTFI will support Mindanao Tribal School’s construction of a two-storey, eight classroom school building in Maramag, Bukidnon, to be used by around 150 senior high school students.

Protecting Our Heritage

Recognizing the power of the arts to inspire creativity and empower communities, MBFI and GTFI have long supported cultural initiatives. MBFI supports the program of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in restoring and rehabilitating the Manila Metropolitan Theater (MET), specifically the establishment of a visitor center cum museum. This center will feature the many artifacts uncovered in the MET, such as periodic costumes, posters, moldings, and ceramics, among others.

Sowing the Seeds for Development

To contribute in addressing poverty, MBFI and GTFI will support social development partners providinglivelihood opportunities for underprivileged families. This is in alignment with SDG 1 (“End poverty in all forms everywhere”) and SDG 2 (“End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”).

One of this year's grantees for the livelihood thrust is Hineleban Foundation, Inc.. Their comprehensive end-to-end coffee farm development program for indigenous coffee farmers in the Province of Bukidnon, will be supported. The program allows the net profit to be returned back to the farmers while a portion of it is used to expand the program to cater to new coffee farmers. The grant covers a capacity building program, including technical skills improvement, values formation, and financial literacy training.

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.