Metrobank Group’s Bags of Blessing benefits 10,000 families


The Metrobank Group celebrated the 2012 Chinese New Year, through its annual “Bags of Blessing” (BoB) program aimed at providing underprivileged Filipino families with food packages consisting of rice, canned goods, milk, coffee, sugar, noodles, and a snack pack for children. Php 10 million-worth of food packages were given to selected 10,000 Filipino families in identified areas nationwide, including families that fell victim to last year’s natural calamities. 

The program is being spearheaded by Metrobank, GT-Metro Foundation (GTMF) and the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) along with Global Business Power and Federal Land, Inc. This nationwide endeavor is also in close coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which determined the names of the beneficiaries through the National Household Targeting System. It is in support of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the government. BoB is also supported by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.

Dr. Ty expressed his gratitude to His Excellency President Benigno Aquino III for the issuance of Presidential Proclamation No. 295 which includes for the very first time, the Chinese New Year celebration on January 23, 2012 (Monday) as a Special Non-Working Holiday.

“We thank the President for proclaiming the celebration of Chinese New Year as a holiday,” said Dr. Ty. “We believe that this is an important milestone in Philippines-China relations and will make the celebration more meaningful for the rest of the Filipino people,” he added. The declaration was made as an expression of the government’s solidarity with the Chinese-Filipino brethren who have been part of Filipino lives in many respects as a country and as a people.

“Last year’s Bags of Blessing was overwhelming as it allowed us to celebrate the Chinese New Year as an opportunity to share the fruits of our successes in the industry to our underprivileged Filipino brothers and sisters,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. “This year we are sustaining this tradition in our aim to assist the priorities of the government particularly in the delivery of basic social services to the people, “he continued.

Selected distribution sites in the National Capital Region included Manila, Pasig, Marikina, Quezon, Pasay, and Makati . Metrobank also mobilized its local branches  and subsidiaries for the simultaneous distribution conducted last January 28 in the cities of Meycauayan (Bulacan), Batangas, Santiago & Cauayan (Isabela), Dagupan, Iloilo, Cebu & Toledo, Tacloban, Bacolod, San Jose (Antique), Davao, Zamboanga and Butuan.

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The Metrobank Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group, was established by its chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty in 1979. With the theme, “Excel. Engage. Empower.” the Foundation has promoted a culture of excellence among Filipinos through its various programs, such as the Search for Outstanding Teachers, the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence, the Search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers, the Search for the Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service, the Metrobank Math Challenge, College Scholarship Program and Excellence in Judiciary Program. It also supports social development projects through like-minded organizations that have sought to uplift the lives of disadvantaged groups and marginalized sectors in the society. “Converging to Inspire Change!” serves as the battle-cry of the Foundation. At 33 years, MBFI continues to uphold values of excellence and champion its chosen stakeholders and the rest of its communities. It aims to strengthen ties with institutional partners in both public and private sectors such that there will always be a venue to further honor those who are able to reach their highest potential. The Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to remain a leader in corporate social responsibility by initiating and supporting leading edge programs that uplift the lives of our people and inspire the best in the Filipinos.