BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. (2nd from the left) and BAIPHIL President Liza L. Ortiz (2nd from the right), confer award to LANDBANK as Best Corporate Social Responsibility Project for Gawad Patnubay. LANDBANK Operations Sector Head/SVP Alan V. Bornas (center) received the award. Others in photo are BAIPHIL Chairperson of Special Projects Committee and Associate Life Member Maria Elena M. Ruiz (far left), and Chief Adviser of the Board Atty. Rhoneil S. Fajardo (far right).
LANDBANK’s Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program was adjudged as the Champion in the 2017 Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Project Award of the Bankers Institute of the Philippines, Inc. (BAIPHIL). This is the second award for the program after being named Outstanding Development Project – CSR Category by the Association of Development Financing Institution in Asia and Pacific (ADFIAP) in 2014.
The Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program, managed by LANDBANK’s Corporate Affairs Department, is a unique two-pronged scholarship program with an E2E Internship component for children of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) taking up agriculture-related courses. The program covers the formal education or the four-year degree program in partnership with International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and, informal education or skill-based training program in partnership with Pilipinas Association of Rural Families for Education and Development (PARFED).
The E2E component is an internship program composed of a 10-week intensive internship where graduates will spend three weeks of lectures, seminars, and professional and personality development activities at the LANDBANK Head Office in Manila, and seven weeks of field work in LANDBANK or in different partner-institutions, such as the Philippine Rice Research Institution (PhilRice), Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), and HARBEST Agribusiness Corporation (HARBEST), etc., with the objective of securing agriculture-related jobs at the end of the program.
LANDBANK established a unique funding scheme for the program wherein LANDBANK employees voluntarily donate a minimum of one hour’s worth of their salary during the last working day of the year. To date, a total of P14 million has been donated by LANDBANK employees nationwide.
Since its inception in 2013, the Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program has accepted 127 2nd to 4th year college students for both the formal and informal education programs, covering full subsidy for tuition fee, including monthly stipend, book allowance, thesis writing and uniform costs.
A total of 22 scholars from the two batches of the formal education program have graduated and are now employed in LANDBANK and in other partner government and private institutions.
With its initial success, the Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program will be expanded to 17 more universities across the country starting this academic year 2017-2018, in line with its goal to encourage and equip more aspiring future agriculturists that can contribute in developing the agriculture sector of the country.
LANDBANK Operations Sector Head and Senior Vice President Alan V. Bornas received the award on behalf of LANDBANK last March 11, during the closing ceremonies of BAIPHIL’s 29th National Convention in Tagaytay City.
“This award is another affirmation of the positive impact of the Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program, not only to the beneficiaries, but also to the effort to revive student interest in agriculture,” says Bornas.
2020 Corporate and Investment Banking Awards held by Asian Banking and Finance
LANDBANK bagged the ‘Innovative Deal of the Year’ and ‘Corporate Client Initiative of the Year’ Award in the first digital award ceremony for Corporate and Investment Banking Awards held by Asian Banking and Finance (ABF). ABF recognizes outstanding banks that have introduced innovative products and services that successfully adapted to the dynamic technological landscapes in the market. It also recognise banks with successful deals and innovative initiatives that made a positive impact to their clients. This is the first time that LANDBANK won these awards from ABF. As the Innovative Deal of the Year, the Bank’s role as the Joint Lead Issue Manager in the maiden issuance of the Premyo Bonds Para sa Bayan was lauded. The National Government issued Premyo Bonds through the Bureau of the Treasury and sought to involve small investors in the capital market by providing a risk-free, and affordable investment. Investors also have a chance to win cash and non-cash rewards. Meanwhile, the Bank received the Corporate Client Initiative of the Year Award for its role as the Sole Arranger and Underwriter for the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation’s (NHMFC) P270.25 Million BALAI (Building Adequate Livable Affordable and Inclusive Filipino Communities) Bonds 1 Issuance. BALAI Bonds 1 is a Residential Mortgage-backed Security (RMBS) backed-up by low-cost and socialized housing loans to support the administration’s initiative to address the housing backlog of the country.LEARN MORE
Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Awards 2020
State-run Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) was presented with a Certificate of Merit for “Best Innovation in Financial Services” in this year’s Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Awards held in Karlsruhe, Germany last September 30, 2020. This is the 8th consecutive year that LANDBANK has received the honor since 2013. Click here for more information.LEARN MORE
2020 ADFIAP Awards
As the winner of the Merit Award, the Bank’s online account opening system was recognized for its support to the Bank’s thrust of financial inclusion for farmers and fishers, as well as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), by providing them with an additional access point to financial services. Through DOBS, account opening time has shortened from 30 minutes to 10 minutes. Everyone may enroll online in the comfort of their homes or offices prior to proceeding to the branch to complete the account application and to pick-up their LANDBANK card. Such process also allows lobby traffic in branches to be reduced. Meanwhile, the Bank’s Green Climate Finance Project was recognized under the Environmental Development category. LANDBANK is the first and only Direct Access Entity (DAE) of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in the country. The GCF is an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Paris Agreement, dedicated in supporting global efforts to respond to the challenge of climate change. The project aims to help developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change by supporting projects that promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate resilient development, while considering the needs of developing countries that are vulnerable to climate change impacts. As the country’s only DAE at present, the Bank is tasked to oversee, manage, monitor, and mobilize funds from the GCF to finance mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency projects falling within the Philippines’ priority projects.LEARN MORE