A History of Sharing

Concretizing gains (1996 to present)

In the present phase of operations, the Foundation has come to realize that it must continuously link-up with more like-minded partners to maximize resources and to ensure that the gains of the past are sustained. With the arrival of a new Executive Director and the increase in staff, the Foundation embarked on a program of multi-sectoral consultations and networking activities. For the first time, workshops were undertaken with Search and Young Painters' Annual winners to assess the way in which these competitions were conducted. A forum of educators was convened to further review the Search criteria. Likewise, discussions were held with arts groups all over the country. Discussions were also held with a cross-section of development partners and beneficiaries to determine areas of cooperation and program improvement.

Foundation officials used every opportunity to interact with affiliated institutions. Regional Science High Schools, project sites, and schools participating in the scholarship program were visited, their officials interviewed. Other types of linkages were enhanced. The Foundation participated in the activities of the Presidential Committee to Assist the National Museum, the Sulong Pampanga Foundation where Mr. Ty is Vice Chairman, the Philippine Sports Commission and in the projects of the First Lady Amelita Ramos: "Piso Para sa Pasig" of the Clean and Green Foundation. The Foundation's Executive Director was elected head of the League of Corporate Foundations' largest subgroup, the Committee on Education. Under the Metrobank Foundation's leadership, the committee produced a landmark study on the educational component of corporate philanthropy.

Overall, improvements in its communications, networking, documentation, planning, and monitoring capabilities indicate Metrobank Foundation's resolve to promote a culture of excellence by striving for excellence in program delivery.