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LANDBANK turns over grains complex to Isabela LGU to support small farmers

(left photo) Isabela Governor Rodolfo T. Albano, III (center) and LANDBANK Southern Isabela Lending Center Head, Vice President Bernard Bayangos (2nd from right) lead the turn-over of a grains complex to the Provincial Government of Isabela. ECHAGUE, Isabela — The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) officially turned-over a grains complex located at Brgy. Ipil to the Provincial Government of Isabela in support of its Palay Procurement Program for small farmers.   The Province is leasing the grains complex from the state-run Bank with obligations to repair, rehabilitate and upgrade the facility, including the typhoon-damaged warehouse and rice mill buildings.  The grains complex is part of a P2-billion LANDBANK loan availed by the local government—of which P1 billion will be used as working capital for palay procurement, while the remaining P1 billion as standby credit for investment in equipment and machineries. “LANDBANK fully supports initiatives that provide small farmers a reliable source of income, including access to post-harvest facilities. We will also continue to service the development requirements of our local government partners towards food security, especially in the countryside,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. Through the Palay Procurement Program, Isabela Governor Rodito Albano III aims to boost the productivity and income of small farmers in the area, by offering an assured and reasonable price for their produce while stabilizing the price of palay in the local market. Around 16,667 small rice farmers from 34 municipalities, three (3) cities, and 1,055 barangays in the Province are targeted to benefit from the Program.  “Ang actual Return of Investment dito ay hindi yung kikitain ng probinsya. Ang kita ng probinsya rito ay yung tulong sa farmers, para at least stable lang yung prices. Ang pinakaimportante dito ay nakatugon tayo doon sa mga farmers,” said Gov. Rodito. LANDBANK remains the biggest lender to the agriculture sector, with loans reaching P257.94 billion as of May 2022. The agriculture loans have financed various economic activities of major players in the industry, including local government units (LGUs).  While expanding its focus to assist other key sectors and industries in the country, LANDBANK remains steadfast in fulfilling its primary mandate to deliver intensified support to the agriculture sector. 

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LANDBANK boosts presence in Laguna with new corporate center

LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo (center), Sta. Cruz Mayor Edgar S. San Luis (2nd from right), and Provincial Government of Laguna Administrator Atty. Dulce H. Rebanal (rightmost) lead the inauguration of the LANDBANK Laguna Corporate Center in Brgy. Bubukal in Sta. Cruz, Laguna on 10 June 2022. Joining them are other local government officials, LANDBANK senior officers, and the Bank’s valued customers. STA. CRUZ, Laguna – In line with its commitment to provide convenient and accessible services, the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) officially inaugurated a three-story corporate center in the Province of Laguna to serve as a one-stop shop for the banking and financing needs of local stakeholders and customers. Located in Brgy. Bubukal in Sta. Cruz, the LANDBANK Laguna Corporate Center houses the Bank’s major touchpoints and local offices to provide convenient access to a wide array of services. LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo, Sta. Cruz Mayor Edgar S. San Luis, and Provincial Government of Laguna Administrator Atty. Dulce H. Rebanal led the inauguration rites for the new corporate center on 10 June 2022. They were joined by incoming Cavinti Mayor Arrantlee R. Arroyo, incoming Paete Mayor Ronald B. Cosico, and LANDBANK Director Nancy D. Irlanda. Also present during the inauguration were LANDBANK Executive Vice Presidents Julio D. Climaco, Jr., Alex A. Lorayes, Liduvino S. Geron and Alan V. Bornas, together with Senior Vice Presidents Randolph L. Montesa, Althon C. Ferolino and Lucila E. Tesorero. “With the LANDBANK Laguna Corporate Center, we are looking forward to stepping up our support to the whole Province of Laguna. We hope that this will serve as a landmark for various economic activities and a catalyst to expand areas for collaboration in support of the Province’s key sectors,” said President and CEO Borromeo. The LANDBANK Sta. Cruz Branch on the ground floor of the building will service customers from the 26 barangays of Sta. Cruz, as well as the 176 combined barangays of the nearby municipalities of Cavinti, Kalayaan, Luisiana, Lumban, Magdalena, Majayjay, Pagsanjan, Paete, Pila, and Victoria.  The second floor houses the LANDBANK Laguna Lending Center to cater to the financing requirements of local farmers and fishers, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), cooperatives, and local government units (LGUs), among others. Other LANDBANK field offices stationed in the building include the Property Valuation and Credit Information Department–Laguna, Laguna Accounting Center I, and the Field Legal Services of Laguna.  The LANDBANK Laguna Corporate Center is situated in a less congested portion of the Sta. Cruz National Highway, and features a roomy interior and ample parking space to ensure a comfortable banking experience for customers.  LANDBANK currently operates a total of 19 branches and one lending center in Laguna, complemented by 86 automated teller machines (ATMs), and 17 Agent Banking Partners that provide basic banking services on behalf of LANDBANK in the unbanked and underserved areas of the Province. LANDBANK is the only bank present in all 81 provinces in the Philippines, with plans for continued expansion focusing on servicing the requirements of its diverse customer base nationwide. 

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LANDBANK Basco Branch new location allows wider support for Batanes

Batanes Vice Governor Ignacio C. Villa, LANDBANK Senior Vice President Ma. Belma T. Turla, and other local government officials welcome the LANDBANK Basco Branch to its new home at the Ground Floor of the Manpower Development Center and National Agencies Building, Provincial Capitol Compound, Brgy. Kayhuvokan, Basco, Batanes. BASCO, Batanes – The LANDBANK Basco Branch recently transferred to a new and more strategic location to provide better banking services to small farmers and fishers, cooperatives, micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), local government units (LGUs) and other customers in all six (6) municipalities and 29 barangays in Batanes. From its former location at Santana Street in Barangay Kaychanarianan, the LANDBANK Basco Branch—the first and only LANDBANK Branch in the Province—officially transferred to the Provincial Capitol Compound in Barangay Kayhuvokan at the heart of the 5th class Municipality.  “Through the LANDBANK Basco Branch, we will continue to intensify our support for the development requirements of Batanes. We are one with the Provincial Government in advancing inclusive and sustainable growth in the province,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo.  Batanes Vice Governor Ignacio C. Villa and LANDBANK Senior Vice President Ma. Belma T. Turla led the inauguration of the Branch in its new location on 06 June 2022. They were joined by Mahatao Mayor Pedro F. Poncio, Ivana Mayor Leonardo V. Hostallero, Itbayat Mayor Ronald V. Gutierrez, Sabtang Mayor Marcial Armando A. Alavado, Basco Vice Mayor German A. Caccam and LANDBANK Basco Branch Head Joseph L. Caliguiran. The LANDBANK Basco Branch will also cater to almost 1,500 beneficiaries of the Conditional and Unconditional Cash Transfer (CCT/UCT) Programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), with two (2) Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and one (1) Cash Deposit Machine onsite. LANDBANK also has three (3) Agent Banking Partners (ABP) covering the neighboring Municipalities of Sabtang, Itbayat, Uyugan, and Ivana to facilitate point-of-sale (POS) cash-out services on behalf of the Bank. Opening of deposit accounts in the LANDBANK Basco Branch is also made easier and more convenient with the Bank’s Digital Onboarding System (DOBS), which reduces account opening time to 15 minutes or less. “Sana ay ipagpatuloy ng LANDBANK ang suporta sa SMEs, farmers and fishermen, para sa tuloy-tuloy na pagpapaunlad ng ating kanayunan,” said Basco Vice Mayor German A. Caccam. The relocation of LANDBANK Basco Branch follows the recent inauguration of the new LANDBANK Real Branch in the Province of Quezon, the latest addition to the Bank’s network of 607 branches and 58 lending centers. The continued expansion of LANDBANK’s physical touchpoints underscores the Bank’s commitment of bringing banking services closer to unbanked and underserved areas nationwide, as part of its intensified efforts in advancing financial inclusion and in serving the nation.

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DOST-TAPI lauds LANDBANK support to Filipino investors

LANDBANK Assistant Vice President Generoso S. David (center) receives the Plaque of Appreciation from DOST-TAPI Director Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena (left) and Chief Science Research Specialist and Division Chief Romeo Javate (right) for the Bank’s contribution to science and technology development in the country. The Department of Science and Technology–Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) conferred a plaque of appreciation to the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) for its contribution to the development of science and technology in the country. LANDBANK received the recognition for the Innovation and Technology (I-Tech) Lending Program, which aims to support the commercial production of patented Filipino inventions, utility models and industrial designs. As of March 31, 2022, the Program has five approved borrowers with loans totaling P25.55 million.  “LANDBANK is one with the DOST in advancing the country’s development agenda through technology and digital innovations. This forms part of our expanded mandate of supporting various sectors and serving the nation,” LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo said. Program Management Department II Head, Assistant Vice President Generoso S. David received the award on behalf of LANDBANK during DOST-TAPI's Roadmap Launching and Stakeholders' Recognition held on 13 May 2022 in Quezon City. The I-Tech Lending Program is a partnership program between LANDBANK and DOST-TAPI, designed to assist Filipino innovators and inventors in commercializing their patented innovations and inventions through credit financing using the Bank’s financial strength and DOST-TAPI’s technological expertise.  Under the Program, borrowers are required to have their inventions or projects evaluated by the DOST-TAPI for technical viability before being endorsed to LANDBANK for credit assessment on their financial and commercial feasibility and sustainability. Inventor-borrowers can get funding for up to 85% of their total project cost with a 45-40-15 project cost-share. LANDBANK will finance up to 45% of the overall project cost at a 5% rate per year, TAPI-IGF will shoulder up to 40% of the cost with 0% interest rate, while the remaining 15% will serve as the borrowers’ equity. Interested borrowers of the I-Tech Lending Program may contact the nearest LANDBANK Lending Center or Branch nationwide, or call LANDBANK’s customer service hotline at (02) 8-405-7000 or at PLDT Domestic Toll Free 1-800-10-405-7000.

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LANDBANK opens first-ever commercial bank in Real, Quezon

(left photo) LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo (3rd from left), Real Mayor Diana Abigail D. Aquino (4th from left), and Infanta Credit and Development Cooperative Chairman Fr. Francis B. Lucas (2nd from left) lead the unveiling of the official marker of the newly inaugurated LANDBANK Real Branch. Joining them are LANDBANK Executive Vice President Julio D. Climaco, Jr. (rightmost), and Senior Vice Presidents Randolph L. Montesa (leftmost) and Althon C. Ferolino (5th from left). REAL, Quezon – In line with its aggressive thrust to promote financial inclusion in the country, the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) officially inaugurated a new branch in the first-class municipality of Real—the first-ever commercial bank in the town. LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo, Real Mayor Diana Abigail D. Aquino, and Infanta Credit and Development Cooperative (ICDeC) Chairman Fr. Francis B. Lucas led the inauguration rites for the LANDBANK Real Branch on 03 June 2022. They were joined by LANDBANK Executive Vice President Julio D. Climaco, Jr., and Senior Vice Presidents Randolph L. Montesa and Althon C. Ferolino.  “With the LANDBANK Real Branch, we are looking to support the fast-paced developments in Real and its neighboring towns. We hope that this will draw more investors to the Province and spur local economic activities,” said President and CEO Borromeo. The LANDBANK Real Branch, located in Barangay Poblacion 1, Real, will provide banking services to the 50 combined barangays of Real, Polillo and Burdeos, as well as the unbanked and underserved communities in Panukulan, Patnanungan, and Jomalig. The newly inaugurated Branch has two onsite automated teller machines (ATMs) to cater to the cash requirements of local residents, including more than 7,500 beneficiaries of the Conditional and Unconditional Cash Transfer (CCT/UCT) programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as well as government employees, teachers, and students, among others.  The LANDBANK Real Branch also features a Digital Corner where customers can open a deposit account in only 15 minutes or less using the Bank’s Digital Onboarding System (DOBS). Opening an account via DOBS provides automatic enrollment to LANDBANK’s digital banking channels for safe and convenient online transactions.  LANDBANK currently operates a total of 13 branches and a lending center in the Province of Quezon, complemented by 64 ATMs and cash deposit machines (CDMs) to facilitate fast, safe, and timely cash withdrawals and deposits. LANDBANK is the only bank present in all 81 provinces in the country, with a network of 607 branches and 58 lending centers as of 03 June 2022.   The state-run Bank’s continued expansion across the country underscores its commitment to bring banking services closer to its priority sectors, especially in unbanked and underserved areas.

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LANDBANK, SSS ink partnership for digital pay-out and collection

LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo (4th from right) and SSS President and CEO Michael G. Regino (5th from right), together with LANDBANK and SSS officials, lead the signing of Memorandum of Agreement for the electronic disbursement of SSS pay-outs and collection of fees via LANDBANK digital banking platforms at the LANDBANK Plaza, Manila. The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) and the Social Security System (SSS) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for a safer and more convenient disbursement and payment collection for SSS members, employers, pensioners, and claimants.  Under the Agreement, the SSS will be utilizing LANDBANK’s Bulk Credit System (LBCS) and the Link.BizPortal digital platforms to ensure the timely delivery of social assistance to local and overseas Filipino workers and their beneficiaries.  LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo and SSS President and CEO Michael Regino led the signing of the MOA on 01 June 2022 at the LANDBANK Plaza, Manila. “Our collaboration today is timely and relevant as we continue to leverage on technology to meet the growing demand for digital payments and financial solutions. Our combined efforts will ensure the delivery of convenient and uninterrupted service to SSS members nationwide,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Borromeo. Through this partnership, LANDBANK will facilitate the electronic bulk disbursements of retirement funds, benefits, and investments to qualified SSS payees through the LBCS. This will be coursed via PESONet, InstaPay, or the LANDBANK Crediting Facility for the timely crediting of SSS pay-outs. The SSS will also integrate their Electronic Collection Service to the LANDBANK Link.BizPortal for real-time posting of contributions including loans, PESO funds, and other fees from their members. The LANDBANK Link.BizPortal is a web-based payment channel that allows clients to pay for products and services online to over 870 private and government partner merchants nationwide.  With this initiative, the SSS joins the roster of 550 national government agencies supported by the LANDBANK Link.BizPortal. These include the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), among others. This partnership forms part of LANDBANK’s expanded mandate of serving the nation, which includes the promotion and adoption of digital payments for the advancement of financial inclusion in the country.

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LANDBANK launches P1-B facility for rural banks to go digital

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) is rolling out a P1-billion lending program to empower countryside financial institutions (CFIs) to digitalize their banking operations to reach and service more underserved and unbanked Filipinos. Through the Digitalization of Countryside Financial Institutions (DIGI-CFI) Lending Program, LANDBANK will finance digitalization projects, including payment for subscription or licensing fee for commercial software or outsource information technology (IT) systems.  Under the Program, LANDBANK can also finance the acquisition of hardware or computer equipment and purchase or development of commercial software, application, or system, including maintenance and support.  LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo highlighted the importance of digital transformation for CFIs to remain resilient and relevant amid the evolving banking landscape, during the 69th Annual National Convention and General Membership Meeting of the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) on 27 May 2022 in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.  “LANDBANK aims to boost the capacity of rural banks to contribute to the digitalization wave. The possiblities for growth are endless, with the end goal of promoting financial inclusion and providing innovative and responsive digital financial services,” said President Borromeo.  Under the DIGI-CFI Lending Program, rural, thrift and cooperative banks can borrow up to 80% of their total project cost with an interest rate of 5% per year for term loans, fixed for the first year and subject to re-pricing thereafter, and payable up to five (5) years.  For short-term loans, the prevailing rate of LANDBANK at the time of availment applies, but not lower than 5% per annum, payable up to one (1) year, and available via a 180-day Promissory Note. As of end-April 2022, LANDBANK’s outstanding loans reached P9.66 billion in support of  88 rural financial institutions nationwide, underscoring the Bank’s steadfast commitment to advance financial inclusion and countryside development. Interested borrowers of the DIGI-CFI Lending Program may contact the nearest LANDBANK Lending Center or Branch nationwide, or call LANDBANK’s customer service hotline at (02) 8-405-7000 or at PLDT Domestic Toll Free 1-800-10-405-7000.

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LANDBANK, MULTISYS seal deal for LGU payment solution

LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo (2nd from right) and MULTISYS President and CEO David L. Almirol, Jr.  (3rd from right) sign a Memorandum of Agreement on 24 May 2022 for the integration of LANDBANKPay and Smart City App to facilitate digital payment and collection for local fees and charges. Witnessing the signing are LANDBANK Senior Vice President Randolph L. Montesa (rightmost) and MULTISYS e-Government Head Lyka Pelonio (leftmost). The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has partnered with software solutions firm MULTISYS Technologies Corporation to provide local government units (LGUs) with an efficient digital payment and collection solution for local fees and charges. Under the partnership, the state-run Bank’s all-in-one mobile wallet LANDBANKPay will be integrated with MULTISYS’ Smart City App, to allow residents to settle their financial obligations to LGUs without visiting the local offices.  These financial obligations include payments for real property tax, business tax, community tax certificate, local civil registry, health and business permits, and licenses.   LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo and MULTISYS President and CEO David L. Almirol, Jr. led the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on 24 May 2022 at the LANDBANK Plaza in Malate, Manila to formalize the partnership. They were joined by LANDBANK Senior Vice President Randolph L. Montesa and MULTISYS e-Government Head Lyka Pelonio. “The integration of LANDBANKPay and the Smart City App will help boost LGU collection rates and generate operational cost savings in the long run. More importantly, we will be providing greater convenience and security to residents when settling local government fees,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Borromeo. MULTISYS President and CEO Almirol said that the Smart City App is now being utilized in 75 LGUs nationwide, with the firm set to expand its deployment this year. The MOA also covers the integration of the LANDBANKPay with other similar applications that the MULTISYS may develop in the future, wherein the LANDBANK app will function as the primary electronic wallet of the MULTISYS-developed applications. “We believe that this initiative is very vital not only on a local scale but also on a national scale. And we know that LANDBANK is our key partner to really accomplish this,” said MULTISYS President and CEO Almirol. LANDBANK’s partnership with MULTISYS builds on its broader thrust of serving the nation through the delivery of innovative financial products and services powered by digital banking platforms. From January to March 2022, LANDBANK facilitated a total of 39.14 million transactions amounting to P567.61 billion through its major digital banking channels. 

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LANDBANK opens new branch in Pagadian City; eyes wider network in 2022

(left photo) LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo (3rd from left) and Pagadian City Mayor Samuel S. Co (4th from left) lead the inauguration of the LANDBANK Pagadian-Balintawak Branch in Brgy. Balintawak, Pagadian City on 26 May 2022. Joining them are LANDBANK Director Jaime L. Miralles (2nd from left), Executive Vice President Julio D. Climaco, Jr. (5th from left), Senior Vice President Charlotte I. Conde (rightmost), and Vice President Lina K. Pacio (leftmost). PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur – The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) officially inaugurated its newest branch in Pagadian City, the first of 15 new branches that the state-run Bank is set to open in 2022. The LANDBANK Pagadian-Balintawak Branch is located at the President Corazon C. Aquino Regional Government Center in Brgy. Balintawak, and will provide banking services to at least 50 regional government agencies, as well as various business establishments and private customers.  The new branch complements the operations of the LANDBANK Pagadian Branch located in Santiago District, and will assist in servicing depositors from over 300 combined barangays of Pagadian City and seven nearby municipalities, namely San Miguel, Lakewood, Tigbao, Vincenzo Sagun, Dinas, Tabina, and Margosatubig.   The two onsite automated teller machines (ATMs) of the LANDBANK Pagadian-Balintawak Branch will also help facilitate cash payouts for over 71,000 beneficiaries of the Conditional and Unconditional Cash Transfer programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the area.  LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo and Pagadian City Mayor Samuel S. Co led the inauguration rites for the LANDBANK Pagadian-Balintawak Branch on 26 May 2022. They were joined by LANDBANK officials, namely Director Jaime L. Miralles, Executive Vice President Julio D. Climaco, Jr., Senior Vice President Charlotte I. Conde, and Vice President Lina K. Pacio.  “Our new LANDBANK branch in Pagadian reflects our unwavering support to the development of the City and the whole Province of Zamboanga del Sur. We will continue to provide greater banking convenience and accessibility to our growing customers in the Province,” said President and CEO Borromeo.  Mayor Co thanked LANDBANK for opening the Pagadian-Balintawak Branch to help sustain future developments in the regional center. “Your presence here gives us more confidence, gives us great relief that sooner or later, this regional center will continue to develop and expand,” he said.  LANDBANK now operates a total of five branches and a lending center in Zamboanga del Sur. This is complemented by 29 ATMs and three cash deposit machines (CDMs) spread across the Province. The state-run Bank is targeting to open 14 more branches and branch-lite units in key strategic areas nationwide before the year ends, including 230 new ATMs and 50 CDMs. To widen its reach in unbanked and underserved communities, LANDBANK is also gearing up to onboard 24 new Agent Banking Partners (ABPs) and install additional 120 point-of-sale (POS) terminals under its Agent Banking Program.  LANDBANK is the only bank present in all 81 provinces in the country with a total of 607 branches and 58 lending centers as of 31 May 2022, servicing the requirements of a diverse customer base, including unbanked and underserved areas.

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LANDBANK PCEO Borromeo named outstanding UP alumna

LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo (2nd from left) receives the 2021 UPAA Distinguished Alumni Award for corporate governance in banking and finance from UP Alumni Regent and UPAA President Reynaldo Laserna (3rd from left), UP Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia (leftmost), and UPAA Board Member Romeo Nones (rightmost). (Photo courtesy of UPAA). Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo was recognized as a distinguished alumnus awardee for corporate governance in banking and finance by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA). Borromeo received the recognition for her career achievements from UP Alumni Regent and UPAA President Reynaldo Laserna, UP Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia, and UPAA Board Member Romeo Nones on 19 May 2022 during the UPAA Distinguished Alumni Awards celebration. The annual award ceremony honors graduates of the State University for their outstanding achievements in their respective fields of specialization and service.  Borromeo completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness from the University of the Philippines Los Baños.  She holds the distinction of being the only banker to ever hold the presidency of two government financial institutions—LANDBANK and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). Since being appointed as President and CEO of LANDBANK in March 2019, Borromeo has steered the Bank’s intensified support to small farmers and fishers, further solidifying the Bank’s position as the biggest lender to the agriculture sector.  LANDBANK’s reach to small farmers and fishers expanded by 270% from 889,669 in June 2019 to 3.29 million as of April 2022. Total agri loan portfolio likewise consistently grew from P236.31 billion in 2019 to P247.85 billion in 2021.  Borromeo spearheaded the expansion of LANDBANK’s development thrust to serve other key sectors in support of the Government’s financial inclusion drive, while becoming the country’s second largest bank in terms of assets and deposits. LANDBANK serves as the delivery arm for cash grants for 10 million beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer and Unconditional Cash Transfer Programs of the DSWD. It also served as conduit for various amelioration especially under the Bayanihan-related programs during the pandemic. Under Borromeo’s leadership, LANDBANK has maintained its dominance as the biggest development partner of the LGU sector towards inclusive and sustainable local development, with all LGUs nationwide maintaining deposit accounts with the state-run Bank.  LANDBANK is providing unbanked Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) registrants with transaction accounts. As of April 2022, the Bank has onboarded almost 8 million previously unbanked Filipinos. Borromeo has also led LANDBANK’s digitalization geared towards providing safe, accessible and convenient banking service to meet the growing needs of customers. In 2021, the Bank’s major digital platforms recorded a surge in utilization equivalent to a 19% growth in transactions facilitated and 46% in value. It was also during Borromeo’s term that the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank)—a LANDBANK subsidiary—was established as a digital-only and branchless bank – the first Digital Bank in the Philippines. It caters to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), overseas Filipinos, and their beneficiaries. Borromeo’s banking career spans 30 years in agricultural and development lending, treasury and investment banking, public sector lending, corporate banking, global banking, wholesale banking and lending program management.

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LANDBANK unveils building marker for Cavite one-stop shop

(left photo) LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo (4th from left), Executive Vice Presidents Julio D. Climaco, Jr. (3rd from left) and Liduvino S. Geron (leftmost), and Senior Vice President Randolph L. Montesa (7th from left), lead the unveiling of the official marker of the LANDBANK Cavite Corporate Center on 20 May 2022. (right photo) The corporate center located along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway in Brgy. San Agustin 2, Dasmariñas City, houses LANDBANK’s major touchpoints and offices to provide Caviteños convenient access to a wide array of banking and financial services.

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South Cotabato co-op makes fruitful comeback thru LANDBANK

Assistance from LANDBANK allowed Laconon 100 Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LMPC) to overcome financial losses. The T’boli based co-op now manages a 1,000 hectares of pineapple plantation in South Cotabato with an average annual production of 40,000 to 50,000 tons. T’BOLI, South Cotabato – The unexpected closure of its anchor firm and primary pineapple produce buyer pushed the Laconon 100 Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LMPC) to the brink of financial collapse in 2003. The cooperative struggled to recover and improve its operations in the years thereafter, forcing several members to pull their capital share out of the organization.  In 2017, LMPC was given a fresh start after availing of a series of loans from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK), which were used to expand the co-op’s operations and acquire needed farm machinery, including four trucks, one tractor, one tractor implement and one service monitoring vehicle.  Finally, with the support from LANDBANK, the cooperative was able to bounce back from previous losses and started gaining new members. In a bid to further expand its operations in the municipalities of T’boli, Surallah, Lake Sebu, and Banga, and to accommodate pineapple farmers who have yet to access financing from the Bank, the co-op renewed a P160-million loan line which was further increased to P200 million in 2020.  LMPC was also granted a P7-million term loan for the purchase of five hauling trucks to address the increasing logistics requirements, especially during the harvest season. The co-op availed of another P5-million loan from LANDBANK as working capital for cassava trading operations to support members who have not qualified for the pineapple growership program of its anchor firm. From a struggling cooperative managing 300 hectares of farmland with 150 members, LMPC has since expanded its area of production to 1,000 hectares with 1,187 co-op members.  Since 2017, the timely credit of LANDBANK allowed LMPC to post steady growth in net income with an average production of 40,000 to 50,000 tons of pineapples per year—assisting the co-op to weather the economic challenges of the global pandemic.  “Hindi kami iniwan ng LANDBANK sa panahon na kailangan namin ng suporta. Nandiyan ang LANDBANK bilang aming kaagapay para makabangon sa pagkakalugmok sa mga nakalipas na pagsubok. Nakabili kami ng mga makinarya at nakapagbigay ng hanapbuhay sa aming mga miyembro at pamilya,” said LMPC Chairperson Rhoda O. Pecadizo.  LANDBANK’s relationship with LMPC continues to expand, after the co-op was certified in December 2021 as one of the Bank’s Agent Banking Partners, offering basic banking services to unbanked and underserved communities. As an accredited full-suite Agent Banking Partner, LMPC provides cash-out, cash-in, fund transfers, and bills payment services on behalf of LANDBANK, and facilitates the opening and issuance of LANDBANK Agent Banking Cards. This arrangement provides LANDBANK customers in T’boli with improved access to financial services and lower transaction costs, which is reflective of the Bank’s steadfast commitment to advancing financial inclusion in South Cotabato and the country as a whole. As LMPC celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, the co-op is looking to avail of additional term loans from LANDBANK to support its expansion plans. These include the acquisition of two tractors and the construction of a new office building and logistics facility with a gas station.  LPMC is only one of the many agricultural cooperatives supported by LANDBANK nationwide, as part of its main thrust of serving the nation. As of 31 March 2022, LANDBANK’s outstanding loans to cooperatives nationwide have reached P57.66 billion. 

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