Corporate Social Responsibility
Involvement in our Community
As stated in PBCOM’s new Vision Mission and Values, the Bank “fulfills its social responsibilities in the communities it serves”. As an institution, PBCOM is very much involved and concerned with the welfare of the communities in which the bank has presence.
PBCOM Board of Directors, Senior Management Team and the rest of the employees have been supporting the initiatives and activities of local government and non-government units which have significant impact on the environment and social welfare at the barangay and municipal levels. These activities include various fund raising projects to help victims of calamities and conflicts, protect the environment, and uplift the lives of the less fortunate.
2013: PBCOM Moves
PBCOM Moves is a campaign launched by the Bank to help rehabilitate communities devastated by the category 6 typhoon Yolanda. In 2013, PBCOM Moves has steadily grown its funds through the generous contributions of employees, private individuals, and other stakeholders.
The first disbursement of the fund was to the Ormoc Sugarcane Planters’ Association (OSPA), a non-stock, non-profit organization in Eastern Visayas that provides medical attention and educational training to sugarcane farmers. PBCOM Moves donated P200,000 to rebuild the OSPA Center, which was severely damaged by Yolanda.
To help deploy the rest of its funds to communities that need it most, PBCOM Moves partnered with Pinoy Relief, a New York-based organization that is represented locally by Philippine Business for Social Progress. PBCOM presented a check of more than Php 2,900,000 to Pinoy Relief. The donation has gone towards funding materials to complete and rehabilitate 100 fishing boats destroyed by Yolanda in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
PBCOM was also one of the sponsors of the Pinoy Relief Benefit Concert held March 11, 2014 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Jennifer Hudson, Charice Pempengco and Jessica Sanchez were among the acts. Funds from ticket sales went towards the Pinoy Relief Fund, which focuses on building fishing boats, rebuilding classrooms, and improving the livelihood of those in Guiuan affected by the typhoon.
The Bank chose to partner with Pinoy Relief because of its credibility and long-term approach to rehabilitation. The new boats will not only help provide fishermen with an income, it will also allow them to feed their families and other community members for years to come.
2015: Hat of Joy
In 2015, PBCOM launched the Bank’s corporate social responsibility program “Donate Joy and Make a Difference” in partnership with Children's Joy Foundation Inc. (CJFI) in helping the less privileged children of our country. The fundraising theme for the year is the “Hat of Joy” where everyone was encouraged to purchase santa hats and joy pins for the benefit of the CJFI Quezon City shelter. Employees, not just in Metro Manila and Luzon, but as far as Visayas and Mindanao, all did their small part to share their gifts to the less fortunate.
PBCOM President and CEO, Ms. Patricia May Siy, personally turned-over the check donation amounting to Php 107,640.00 to CJFI shelter in Project 8 Quezon City. The Bank is very grateful for its employees who supported this fundraising project. This is just the beginning of a fruitful and meaningful partnership with the foundation. PBCOM intend to make it a yearly tradition to share joy and make a difference in this world.
2016: Cup of Joy
PBCOM’s Donate Joy and Make a Difference program launched the “Cup of Joy” in 2016. Specially designed cups were sold to employees, for the benefit of its partner, Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. (CJFI) shelter in Quezon City.
PBCOM President and CEO, Ms. Patricia May Siy together with her team, visited the shelter to turnover the donation amounting to Php 118,000 and to distribute clothes, toiletries, toys and books donated by the employees. The foundation is going to use the proceeds to expand so they can accommodate more children in the shelter.
2017: Box of Joy
The Siege of Marawi also known as Marawi crisis was a five-month-long armed conflict in Lanao del Sur, Mindanao between the Philippine government forces and rebel group Maute. Thousands of residents suffered and were displaced due to the clash.
To help rebuild Marawi, PBCOM launched the “Box of Joy” to donate hygiene products to the evacuation center through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The Bank was able to raise Php 147,225.00 through the generosity of the PBCOM family.
NDRRMC is a working group administered by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) under the Department of National Defense (DND), responsible for ensuring the protection and welfare of the people during disasters or emergencies like the Marawi crisis. They plan and lead the guiding activities in the field of communication, warning signals, emergency, transportation, evacuation, rescue, engineering, health and rehabilitation, public education and auxiliary services.
2018: Bed of Joy
Helping the less privileged children of our fellow Filipinos has always been close to the heart of PBCOM. Started in 2015, PBCOM has partnered with the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CFJI) in reaching out to the greater masses of disadvantaged, neglected and poor children in the Philippines, implementing programs and services that help them achieve their aspirations and become productive, responsible, and accountable individuals in their communities.
In 2018, PBCOM donated a total of Php 60,150.00 to CJFI in support of their request for funding to buy beds to accommodate more kids at their Quezon City shelter. With the generosity of PBCOM employees, the funds were raised through the “Bed of Joy” program, where employees were encouraged to donate a small amount to support the initiative.
2019: Team-up to Clean-up and Green-up
PBCOM in partnership with La Liga Mariquina Inc. in coordination with City Government of Marikina, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, NRC Office, participated in the simultaneous mass tree planting and clean up drive activity along Marikina River starting from Barangay Tumana down to the stretch of Barangay Industrial Valley Complex and to other areas of Marikina City.
Led by PBCOM President & CEO, Ms. Patricia May Siy, more than 100 employees and their families joined in the planting of 80 trees and cleaning up a few kilometer stretch of the riverbank. This activity is a part of the ongoing year-long 80-year anniversary celebration, as well as the bank’s sustainability endeavors.
2019: Mug of Joy
Towards the end of 2019, the entire PBCOM family has united in extending a helping hand towards our brothers and sisters from Mindanao who were heavily affected by the earthquake. The “Mug of Joy” fundraising project has been met with overwhelming support from PBCOM employees. The Bank has allocated a portion of the proceeds to the community of Makilala, North Cotabato to help Luayon National High School in building Temporary Learning Shelters (TLS) for junior high school students whose classrooms have been heavily damaged by the quake.
With the help of PBCOM Mindanao team, the Bank was able to successfully coordinate the construction of the TLS and the purchase of Monobloc chairs and tables. After the completion of the project, the PBCOM Mindanao team headed by Mindanao Area Head, Aaron Luy, visited the community to officially turn-over the Temporary Learning Shelter that PBCOM has helped build.
2020: Ream of Joy
PBCOM DONATES JOY AND MAKES A DIFFERENCE
2020 is a very challenging year, as we all face the worldwide pandemic. Amidst this challenge, the entire PBCOM family has joined hands in helping Luayon National High School in Makilala, South Cotabato. Proceeds of the "Donate Joy and Make a Difference 2020" employee fundraising campaign were used to support the module printing needs of the said school.
With the help of its Mindanao team, PBCOM was able to donate 1 brand new photocopier, 150 reams of bond paper and 170 school kits with assorted school supplies.
Watch the thank you message of the school here:
2021: Scent of Joy
As we continue to face the uncertainties of the Global Pandemic, PBCOM and its employees also continue to help in little ways that they can. In December of 2021, PBCOM initiated an employee fundraising project called “Scent of Joy” where the bank sold hanging car diffuser scents to its employees. These diffuser scents are a product of La Liga Mariquina’s livelihood program made by the less privileged residents of the community.
LA LIGA MARIQUINA INC. (LM) is a Non-Stock, Non-Profit Civic Organization based in Marikina City, that advocates people empowerment. One of the primary programs of LM is their Livelihood Program where they conduct trainings and workshops for the less privileged members of the community, including those most affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Proceeds of the fundraising project, amounting to Php 50,000 was turned over to La Liga Mariquina last December 28, 2021. Said donation will be used to fund the livelihood workshops to be implemented in 2022 by LM’s “Centro Ni Maria Quina” Program.
May Siy, PBCOM President and CEO shares: “PBCOM continues to support La Liga Mariquina’s vision in building a sustainable and holistic approach to alleviating the plight of our less privileged brothers and sisters. As La Liga Mariquina extends their livelihood program to more than just local Marikina barangays and communities, PBCOM and its employees are able to empower and help more and more members of the communities that we serve”.