Supporting vulnerable communities through employee volunteerism projects

BPI Foundation, the social development arm of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), continues to support communities greatly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Through its employee volunteerism program called Bayanihan Para sa Inang Bayan (BAYAN), several BPI volunteer groups nationwide are given opportunities to contribute more personally to the growth of their communities and the conservation of the environment.

One of the Bank’s volunteer groups is BPI BAYAN Laguna North. Recognized for its outstanding project at the 2019 BAYAN awarding, the group received cash grants from BPI Foundation to support their beneficiaries.  

In these trying times, they utilized the prize to provide relief packs to the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) of GoForward Biñan Foundation. A total of 500 kilos of rice, 200 pieces of canned goods, and 20 gallons of alcohol were distributed to 50 PWDs and their families.

Nica Alvarez, a member of BPI BAYAN Laguna North, said, “When somebody needs a helping hand, and you know you can help, do it without hesitation.”

The BPI BAYAN Volunteer Groups in Negros Occidental and Central Luzon also extended assistance to the marginalized families in their area through fundraising projects.

With the Php15,500 donation they raised, Negros Area team was able to give 400 kilos of rice to 32 fishermen and 16 other families in Sitio Roma.

“Our small acts of kindness have created a big impact in the lives of our adopted community. As #OneBPI, we will continue to bring hope and inspiration to our fellow Filipinos in this challenging time,” said BPI BAYAN Negros Area member Yen Centina.

The BPI BAYAN Central Luzon Credit Team garnered a total of Php80,000 through their “Tulong Para sa Pamilyang Fernandino” fund drive. Over 150 poor families in Barangay Malpitic in Pampanga were given relief goods including 10 kilos of rice and canned goods.  

One of its volunteers, Archie Laxamana, said, “Each one of us can contribute in a unique way. When you make a positive difference, it triggers a cycle of transforming the lives of those you helped and setting a positive influence on others.”

These are just few of the BPI BAYAN Volunteer Groups who keep the “bayanihan” spirit alive even in the time of COVID-19. Stay tuned for more inspiring stories from other groups.