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LANDBANK backs Philippine Army co-op with P10-B loan line

LANDBANK and PAFCPIC sign a P10-billion loan line to support the financial needs of AFP personnel and their families. Leading the ceremony are LANDBANK President and CEO Lynette V. Ortiz (2nd from right), PAFCPIC Chairman BGen. Francisco M. Paredes (Ret) (3rd from right), LANDBANK Executive Vice President Ma. Celeste A. Burgos (rightmost), and PAFCPIC President BGen. Fernando S. Zabat (Ret) (leftmost). Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has extended a P10-billion rediscounting line to support the Philippine Army Finance Center Producers Integrated Cooperative (PAFCPIC) and its members serving in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).  The state-run Bank expanded the Cooperative’s previous P8 billion credit line to P10 billion to sufficiently augment working capital and enable PAFCPIC to better serve the financial requirements of its more than 190,000 members.  PAFCPIC's membership consists of active and retired military and civilian personnel from the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, and Philippine Air Force, as well as their immediate dependents. The ceremonial loan signing event was led by LANDBANK President and CEO Lynette V. Ortiz and PAFCPIC Chairman BGen. Francisco M. Paredes (Ret), alongside LANDBANK Executive Vice President Ma. Celeste Burgos and PAFCPIC President BGen. Fernando S. Zabat (Ret) on 29 May 2024 at the LANDBANK Plaza in Manila. Also present as witnesses were LANDBANK Senior Vice President Lucila E. Tesorero and Vice President Leonardo D. Aurellana Jr., with PAFCPIC Vice President MGen. Rolando V. Picar (Ret) and Executive Vice President BGen. Anastacio C. Cabading. "By boosting your financial resources and upgrading your operational efficiency through our digital solutions, we look to further improve your service delivery to your members and the entire armed forces community," said LANDBANK President and CEO Ortiz.  Apart from the financial assistance, LANDBANK likewise pledged to support PAFCPIC's digitalization efforts by onboarding the Cooperative to the Bank’s web-based payment platform, Link.BizPortal, which will streamline the collection of payments for its members’ capital contributions, deposits, and loans, thereby enhancing their operational efficiency. “This milestone is a manifestation of almost three decades of business collaboration between PAFCPIC and LANDBANK, nurtured and nourished with trust and confidence. We are grateful for LANDBANK's unwavering support, which has been instrumental in enabling us to better serve our members and their families,” said PAFCPIC Chairman Paredes. LANDBANK conferred PAFCPIC with the Distinguished Initiators and Movers of National Development (DIAMOND) Award last year, for the co-op’s contributions to promoting countryside and national development. The LANDBANK DIAMOND Award honors exceptional Bank clients, fund management and digital banking partners that have made positive change in the communities they serve. LANDBANK remains committed to providing robust financial solutions to cooperatives and its members nationwide towards promoting countryside to countrywide development.  ABOUT LANDBANK LANDBANK is the largest development financial institution in the country promoting financial inclusion, digital transformation and sustainable development to benefit Filipinos. As the only Bank present in all 82 provinces in the county, it is committed to providing accessible and affordable financial support to key players and industries as part of its broader thrust of serving the nation.

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LANDBANK Mobile App gets account-opening upgrade; usage up 96% in Q1 2024

Customers can now open a Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) savings account completely online via smartphones, as the Bank continues to serve the growing preference of customers for digital solutions and promote financial inclusion.  LANDBANK has upgraded its Mobile Banking App (MBA) with a new straight-through account opening feature which allows customers to open a digital account instantly from anywhere, at any time, without visiting a LANDBANK Branch.  Through the MBA, customers can open a LANDBANK PISO Plus basic deposit account, a regular LANDBANK Visa debit account, and the new GoBayani savings account designed for overseas Filipinos, to help build their savings and start their financial journey.  To open a LANDBANK account, interested clients need only their smartphones downloaded with the latest version of the LANDBANK MBA, a secure internet connection, and any valid identification card such as a Philippine Passport, Driver’s License, SSS, UMID, PRC ID, or PhilSys ID. "We are dedicated to continue expanding our digital offerings to bring more Filipinos into the financial mainstream. Opening a LANDBANK account has never been easier, and we hope more customers can get to experience the benefits of our convenient and secure banking services," said LANDBANK President and CEO Lynette V. Ortiz. The LANDBANK MBA is a free application that offers seamless and convenient online fund transfers, bills payments, balance inquiries, and salary loan services.  Using the MBA, LANDBANK customers also enjoy free fund transfers to other banks via InstaPay and PESONet for the first three transactions in a day worth P1,000 and below. Q1 2024 Digital Banking Performance The LANDBANK MBA recorded a remarkable 96% increase in usage during the first three months of 2024, as transactions soared to 20.9 million from 10.7 million recorded in the same period in 2023.  Fund transfers and bills payment transactions drove the transaction volume growth, as the MBA generated a 42% increase in total transaction value or P89.3 billion compared to P63 billion last year. The LANDBANK MBA also led the 63% growth or a total of 30.79 million transactions across all of the Bank’s major digital channels, reaching P1.95 trillion in total transaction value.  The state-run Bank’s other digital channels include iAccess, an online retail banking channel; corporate internet banking platform, weAccess; web-based payment channel, Link.BizPortal; real-time web-based remittance system for overseas Filipinos, i-Easy Padala; alternative payment channel, Electronic Tax Payment System (eTPS); facility for institutional clients and national government partners, Electronic Modified Disbursement System (eMDS); and electronic bulk disbursement facility, Bulk Crediting System (LBCS).  LANDBANK remains committed to enhancing its digital infrastructure to deliver seamless banking experiences and meet the evolving needs of customers. ABOUT LANDBANK LANDBANK is the largest development financial institution in the country promoting financial inclusion, digital transformation and sustainable development to benefit Filipinos. The Bank is present in all 82 provinces in the country, committed to providing accessible and affordable financial support to key players and industries as part of its broader thrust of serving the nation.  

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LANDBANK clinches int’l awards for rural electrification, financial inclusion

LANDBANK Executive Vice President Ma. Celeste A. Burgos (rightmost) receives the award from ADFIAP Chairman Saud A. Minam (center) and First Vice Chairman Kao Thach (leftmost) for the Bank’s development project on rural electrification under the Infrastructure Development category during the ADFIAP Sustainable Development Awards 2024 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 16 May 2024. (Photo credit to ADFIAP) In recognition of its steadfast commitment to promoting sustainable development, Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has been conferred with two international awards by the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) for its development projects on rural electrification and financial inclusion.  LANDBANK’s BRIGHTNESS Lending Program, which stands for BRinging Inclusive Growth in every Household Through National Electrification Support Services, won in the Infrastructure Development category, while the Bank’s support to ASA Philippines Foundation, Inc.’s (ASA Philippines) credit expansion for underserved women earned a Merit Award in the Financial Inclusion category.  ADFIAP Chairman Saud A. Minam, First Vice Chairman Kao Thach, and Second Vice Chairman Aria Putera Ismail presented the awards to LANDBANK, represented by Executive Vice President Ma. Celeste A. Burgos, at the ADFIAP Sustainable Development Awards on 16 May 2024 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  “LANDBANK is honored to receive these prestigious awards from ADFIAP, which underscore our unwavering dedication to advancing sustainable and inclusive development. This recognition inspires us to continue empowering underserved communities, fostering economic growth, and enhancing quality of life for our valued clients," said LANDBANK President and CEO Lynette V. Ortiz. Launched in 2013, LANDBANK BRIGHTNESS Lending Program aims to expand energy access in barangays to spur growth and generate more economic activities in the countryside by providing financing assistance to qualified distribution utilities and wholesale power aggregators.  This initiative supports the National Government’s rural electrification efforts under Republic Act No. 9136, otherwise known as the “Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA Law),” which ensures the quality, reliability, security and affordability of electric power supply nationwide.  As of 31 March 2024, total approved loans under the BRIGHTNESS Lending Program have reached P13.7 billion, supporting over 4.8 million households with reliable power supply. LANDBANK, represented by Executive Vice President Ma. Celeste A. Burgos (center), also receives a merit award under the Financial Inclusion category as presented by ADFIAP Chairman Saud A. Minam (rightmost) and Second Vice Chairman Aria Putera Ismail (leftmost). (Photo credit to ADFIAP) Meanwhile, LANDBANK’s support enabled ASA Philippines to raise P5.0 billion through a five-year syndicated corporate notes facility. Dubbed “Project Nanay First,” the proceeds from the offer are aimed to reach and empower more women, particularly mothers, from economically disadvantaged sectors through the provision of accessible financing.  ASA Philippines’ five-year corporate notes issuance was classified as the first-ever Gender Bonds issued in the country, as certified by social bond second-party opinion provider DNV (Det Norske Veritas) and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The partnership promotes broader financial inclusion in alignment with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028 and advocates for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles.  ADFIAP serves as the focal point of all development banks and other financial institutions engaged in development financing across the Asia-Pacific region, with the mission to advance sustainable development through its members. The annual ADFIAP Awards recognizes member-institutions that have made important contributions to national development. ABOUT LANDBANK LANDBANK is the largest development financial institution in the country promoting financial inclusion, digital transformation and sustainable development to benefit Filipinos. The Bank is present in all 82 provinces in the county, committed to providing accessible and affordable financial support to key players and industries as part of its broader thrust of serving the nation.

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LANDBANK launches GoBayani digital deposit account for OFWs

Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) is launching its new GoBayani savings account designed to financially empower OFWs and overseas Filipinos with secure and reliable banking services. LANDBANK GoBayani is a digital deposit account that provides Filipinos abroad access to the Bank’s digital banking services and conveniently perform their transactions online, such as sending money to their families via fund transfer. Accountholders can also perform e-commerce transactions and receive remittance via Visa Direct through Visa partners abroad. GoBayani users can also digitally pay bills and other dues, which will soon include monthly contributions to Pag-Ibig Fund, Social Security System (SSS), and PhilHealth.  “We are cheering on our kababayans abroad to save and grow their money through LANDBANK GoBayani. We want to support every step of their journey towards financial independence for them and their families back home,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Lynette V. Ortiz. LANDBANK is set to visit overseas Filipinos in United Arab Emirates, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan in June to promote LANDBANK GoBayani and other digital banking services.  Open a GoBayani account via the LANDBANK app Overseas Filipinos can fully open a LANDBANK GoBayani savings account with no initial deposit and maintaining balance via their smartphones within minutes, through the new straight-through account opening feature of the LANDBANK Mobile Banking App (MBA). “Investing in our digital infrastructure forms part of our response to the increasing demand for convenient digital solutions. We are continuously enhancing our digital offerings to deliver a seamless banking experience to our customers and expand financial access to all,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Ortiz. Aside from GoBayani, customers can also open a LANDBANK PISO Plus basic deposit account and a regular LANDBANK Visa debit account through the MBA to help build their savings and start their financial journey.      The LANDBANK MBA is a free application that offers seamless and convenient online fund transfers, bills payment, balance inquiry, and salary loan services. Using the MBA, LANDBANK customers also enjoy free fund transfers to other banks via InstaPay and PESONet for the first three transactions in a day worth P1,000 and below.  To open a LANDBANK account, interested clients need only their smartphones downloaded with the latest version of the LANDBANK MBA, a secure Internet connection, and any of the following valid identification cards: Philippine Passport, Driver’s License, SSS, UMID, PRC ID, or PhilSys ID.  ABOUT LANDBANK LANDBANK is the largest development financial institution in the country promoting financial inclusion, digital transformation and sustainable development to benefit Filipinos. The Bank is present in all 82 provinces in the country, committed to providing accessible and affordable financial support to key players and industries as part of its broader thrust of serving the nation.

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DSWD taps LANDBANK anew to deliver crisis aid

DSWD Secretary Rex T. Gatchalian (2nd from left) and LANDBANK President and CEO Lynette V. Ortiz (3rd from left) lead the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement for the improved payouts under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) Program on 21 May 2024 at the DSWD Central Office in Quezon City, with witnesses DSWD Undersecretary Monina Josefina H. Romualdez (leftmost) and LANDBANK Executive Vice President Liduvino S. Geron (rightmost). The partnership aims to facilitate the efficient and timely delivery of financial aid to crisis-affected individuals in need of essential support services. Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has been tapped by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the efficient and timely delivery of financial relief to crisis-affected individuals, including those in remote and underserved communities. Under DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) Program, LANDBANK will serve as the Department’s disbursement partner and will engage financial service providers to effectively facilitate payouts in identified regions.  This new set-up eliminates the need for beneficiaries in remote communities and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) to travel to other towns and cities to seek and receive financial aid from DSWD Regional Offices. The pilot implementation will cover beneficiaries in the National Capital Region, Cagayan, Central Luzon, and CALABARZON. “Through our partnership, we look to ensure the swift and timely delivery of financial aid to vulnerable individuals and families suffering from unforeseen life events or crises, including those beneficiaries in far-flung areas,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Lynette V. Ortiz.  DSWD Secretary Rex T. Gatchalian and LANDBANK President and CEO Ortiz led the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the pilot implementation of the improved delivery of the AICS Program on 21 May 2024 at the DSWD Central Office in Quezon City. Witnesses include DSWD Undersecretary Monina Josefina H. Romualdez and LANDBANK Executive Vice President Liduvino S. Geron.  The AICS Program supports the recovery of individuals and families suffering from unexpected life events or crises by providing assistance for medical, burial, transportation, food, educational, financial or other essential needs.  LANDBANK serves as the main distribution arm of the National Government’s various social protection programs, facilitating the timely and safe disbursement of financial assistance to vulnerable and underserved sectors. ABOUT LANDBANK LANDBANK is the largest development financial institution in the country promoting financial inclusion, digital transformation and sustainable development to benefit Filipinos. The Bank is present in all 82 provinces in the country, committed to providing accessible and affordable financial support to key players and industries as part of its broader thrust of serving the nation.

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LANDBANK delivers P2.5-B loans in support of rice farmers

Amid the devastating impact of El Niño on local harvests, Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) remains aggressive in extending financial support to rice farmers as total loans released through the Expanded Rice Credit Assistance under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ERCA-RCEF) reached P2.5 billion as of 30 April 2024.  In partnership with Department of Agriculture (DA), LANDBANK has been successful in fully disbursing the P500-million allocated annual fund under ERCA-RCEF from 2019 to 2023. The Bank continues to make loans available to rice farmers and their cooperatives at affordable interest rates with minimum documentary requirements.  "LANDBANK's support to the agriculture sector is crucial to ensuring food security in the country. We are committed to providing continued financial assistance to our rice farmers to help them sustain their operations and improve productivity, especially in the face of challenges including the El Niño phenomenon," said LANDBANK President and CEO Lynette V. Ortiz. The P2.5-billion loans released by LANDBANK under ERCA-RCEF benefitted over 15,400 individual rice farmers and 270 cooperatives with more than 21,300 member-beneficiaries, which were channeled to support palay production, milling and trading, re-lending, and acquisition of farm machineries. Under the Program, 98% of LANDBANK’s direct borrowers are individual rice farmers.  Majority of the loan borrowers came from the rice producing provinces of Region 2, particularly Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino, with LANDBANK assisting 4,945 borrowers for a total of P612.4 million in loans released. It was followed by Region 3 with 2,243 borrowers for total loan releases amounting to P840.3 million.  The state-run Bank also extended assistance to rice farmers in Visayas and Mindanao, including the provinces of Capiz, Leyte, Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, North Cotabato, and Zamboanga del Sur.  LANDBANK’s steadfast commitment to the agriculture sector supports the celebration of the Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month this May, which aims to recognize the invaluable contributions of farmers and fishers in nation-building and in achieving food security in the country. ABOUT LANDBANK LANDBANK is the largest development financial institution in the country promoting financial inclusion, digital transformation and sustainable development to benefit Filipinos. The Bank is present in all 82 provinces in the county, committed to provide accessible and responsive financing to drive the agriculture sector’s productivity and competitiveness, while championing sustainable development in the countryside.

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LBRDC bags multiple GCG awards for corporate governance

The LBP Resources and Development Corporation (LBRDC), a subsidiary of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK), receives three awards from the Governance Commission for Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GCG) for its exceptional performance and commitment to service excellence. The awards are presented by Executive Secretary Lucas P. Bersamin (5th from left) alongside GCG Chairperson Atty. Marius P. Corpus (6th from left) and GCG Commissioners Atty. Brian Keith F. Hosaka (leftmost) and Atty. Geraldine Marie Berberabe-Martinez (2nd from left) to LBRDC President and CEO Col. Ricardo C. Juliano (4th from left), Board Chairperson Lt. Gen. Antonio Ramon A. Lim (3rd from left), Director Lourdes Candy R. Darimbang (7th from left), Director Pamela S. Baricuatro (8th from left), Director Feliciano L. Macalino (9th from left), and Director Abner O. Malabanan (rightmost). LBRDC earned ninth place among the country’s GOCCs in the CY 2022 Performance Scorecard in corporate governance, while LANDBANK received the highest rating, and ranked first overall. The Corporation was also honored as one of the Most Improved GOCCs based on its Performance Scorecard Rating from CY 2021 to CY 2022. The GCG awards received reflect LANDBANK's dedication to fostering a culture of transparency, integrity, and accountability within the organization and across its subsidiaries.

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LANDBANK to adopt QR feature in cash aid delivery

LANDBANK President and CEO Lynette V. Ortiz (4th from left) and Traxion Founder and CEO Ann J. Cuisia (5th from left) lead the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to formalize a partnership for QR code card enablement and technology solution on 09 May 2024 at the LANDBANK Plaza in Manila. Joining them from LANDBANK are Executive Vice Presidents Leila C. Martin (3rd from left) and Alan V. Bornas (2nd from left), and Senior Vice President Catherine Rowena B. Villanueva (leftmost), alongside Traxion Chief Operations Officer Joshua Allen C. Santos (6th from left), and Business Development Head Oliver Liggayu (rightmost).  Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) will soon use cards with quick response (QR) code functionality to facilitate more convenient and secure cash aid disbursement to beneficiaries of the National Government’s social amelioration programs. The LANDBANK cards with QR code will provide beneficiaries an alternative method to immediately receive and access their funds, ensuring timely assistance from government agencies especially during emergencies and other special subsidy payouts.  LANDBANK has teamed up with Traxion Pay to facilitate the innovative payment option, through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) led by LANDBANK President and CEO Lynette V. Ortiz and Traxion Founder and CEO Ann J. Cuisia on 09 May 2024 at the LANDBANK Plaza in Manila.  They were joined by LANDBANK Executive Vice Presidents Leila C. Martin and Alan V. Bornas, and Senior Vice President Catherine Rowena B. Villanueva, alongside Traxion Chief Operations Officer Joshua Allen C. Santos, and Business Development Head Oliver Liggayu.  “As our newest fintech-enabling partner, Traxion’s technical expertise will be invaluable in the implementation of our plan to integrate QR code functionality into our cards to facilitate convenient, seamless, and secure cash disbursements, especially under the government's social amelioration programs. We expect to further accelerate our efforts to promote QR Ph code-enabled person-to-person and person-to-merchant payments with our partnership,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Ortiz.  Under the partnership, Traxion will also provide technology solutions to enable QR Ph person-to-person (P2P) and person-to-merchant (P2M) payments. This will complement LANDBANK’s digital banking solutions to service the requirements of government agencies for the seamless collection of fees and charges.  The adoption of QR code in payment services is in line with the thrust of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) of ensuring the safety, efficiency, and reliability of payment systems in support of advancing inclusive economic growth. The new partnership also covers the onboarding of over 200 Traxion partner cooperatives to the LANDBANKasama Program. This is expected to boost the Bank’s reach in rural areas to bring financial services closer to more Filipinos.  “With Traxion's end-to-end phygital banking and payment solutions, LANDBANK can leverage the latest advancements in hybrid technology to serve all customer types, across generations, and locations. The extensive technology deployed will reduce the cost of doing business, extend LBP’s agency banking activities, and empower the enablers Traxion has been supporting,” said Traxion CEO Cuisia.  Under the LANDBANKasama Program, the state-run Bank is partnering with client cooperatives, associations, rural banks, local government units (LGUs), micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and private entities to help provide basic banking services on behalf of the Bank. These services include cash withdrawals, cash deposit, fund transfers, bills payment, and balance inquiry.  The program benefits clients, including beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program of the National Government, who need to travel to other towns and cities to conduct basic financial transactions.  ABOUT LANDBANK LANDBANK is the largest development financial institution in the country promoting financial inclusion, digital transformation and sustainable development to benefit Filipinos. The Bank is present in all 82 provinces in the county, committed to provide responsive and meaningful services beyond banking, and leverage on innovative  technology for safe, convenient, and accessible digital banking solutions. 

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LANDBANK bags ‘best managed investment fund’ award

Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) wins in the ‘Medium-Term Bond Fund - Peso’ category at the 2024 Best Managed Fund of the Year Awards of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society Philippines on 24 April 2024 in Makati City. CFA Society’s President and Chairman Robert Ramos (rightmost) and the association’s former President Felixberto Bustos (leftmost) present the award to LANDBANK First Vice President Lolita M. Almazar (center), Assistant Vice President Eduardo G. Velasco (2nd from the left) and Trust Management Officer Nilo P. Ondevilla (4th from left).  CFA Society Philippines’ award program recognizes professionally-managed funds that have delivered the best performance metrics in their respective categories. LANDBANK’s Medium-Term Bond Fund was recognized as one of the 13 best managed funds among 136 qualified funds that competed in this year’s awards. #

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LANDBANK spurs financial independence for OFWs with P2.68-B in loans

Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) continues to strengthen its commitment to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) seeking to permanently return home and achieve financial security through its Overseas Filipino Workers Reintegration Program (OFW-RP). Jointly implemented with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the Program aims to enable OFWs to pursue business opportunities in the Philippines as an alternative to overseas employment. As of March 2024, LANDBANK has approved a total of P2.68 billion in loans to 1,504 borrowers. “We recognize the significant contributions of our OFWs to the economy, and through this Program, we are providing them access to affordable financing and essential support services. We hope to turn their hard-earned savings abroad into thriving businesses here in the Philippines for their families and beneficiaries,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Lynette V. Ortiz. Under the OFW-RP, eligible OFWs may avail of loans for working capital or acquisition of fixed assets at a minimum amount of P100,000 and up to P2 million for a single proprietor borrower, and P5 million for a group of OFW borrowers, with a fixed interest rate of 7.5% per annum. The short-term loans under the Program are payable up to one (1) year, while the tenor for term loans shall be based on cash flow but not to exceed seven (7) years, inclusive of a maximum of two (2) years grace period on the principal. The OFW-RP offers funding for a wide range of viable business ventures, including franchises, agricultural and non-agricultural production and marketing endeavors, construction projects, rental services, trading businesses, and transportation services, among others. Aside from providing access to credit, LANDBANK has also been supporting OFWs by facilitating the efficient delivery of financial support under the social amelioration programs of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). For inquiries and application assistance, interested OFWs may visit the nearest LANDBANK branch or Lending Center, or call our toll-free hotline at 1-800-1-LANDBANK (1-800-1-5263226). ABOUT LANDBANK LANDBANK is the largest development financial institution in the country promoting financial inclusion, digital transformation and sustainable development to benefit Filipinos. The Bank is present in all 82 provinces in the county, committed to providing accessible and affordable financial support to key players and industries as part of its broader thrust of serving the nation.

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On the back of record earnings: LANDBANK tops remittance to National Gov’t with P32.119-B in dividends

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has remitted P32.119 billion in cash dividends to the National Government—the highest in the state-run Bank’s history—to support the country’s infrastructure projects and socio-economic programs.  The record-setting contribution, the highest amount remitted among all Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), highlights LANDBANK’s robust financial position after posting an all-time high net income of P40.3 billion in 2023 and year-end capital of P266.8 billion.  LANDBANK officially remitted the P32.119 billion cash dividends to the National Treasury on 30 April 2024, which was recognized during the GOCCs’ Day ceremonial dividends turnover event on 06 May 2024 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, led by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. together with Finance Secretary and LANDBANK Chairman Ralph G. Recto, and other officials. “The solid performance of LANDBANK in 2023 yielded a record-breaking dividend contribution, which will significantly support our people’s growing needs and further stimulate the country's economic growth. This unprecedented amount demonstrates the fiscal discipline that we have instilled in LANDBANK. Credit must be given to LANDBANK’s management team led by PCEO Lynette Ortiz and staff for their hard work and commitment to the nation,” said Finance Secretary and LANDBANK Chairman Recto. “LANDBANK’s unprecedented contribution to the government’s coffers underscores our unwavering commitment to nation-building. We look forward to further advancing the country’s growth trajectory by providing ample funding for priority infrastructure projects and socioeconomic programs,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Lynette V. Ortiz.  President and CEO Ortiz added that the Bank will remain aggressive in serving the growth requirements of the agriculture sector and other key industries, to complement the National Government’s inclusive and sustainable development agenda.  Strong profit growth in Q1 2024 LANDBANK has started the year strong after earning P12 billion in the first three months on the back of increased interest income from loans. The state-run Bank’s net income for the first quarter jumped 11% from P10.8 billion year-on-year, exceeding its P11.3 billion target for the period by 6%.  LANDBANK’s total assets expanded by 5% to P3.3 trillion, driven by robust expansion in loans. The Bank’s deposit base likewise improved by 4% to P2.9 trillion due to increases in government and private deposits.  The Bank’s gross loan portfolio reached P1.5 trillion, marking a 25% increase due to the growth in treasury and commercial loans, primarily channeled towards agribusiness, energy, affordable mass housing, and infrastructure projects. Earlier, the Bank garnered the highest rating for corporate governance among all GOCCs in 2022, with a scorecard of 102.5 from the Governance Commission of GOCCs (GCG), showcasing LANDBANK’s strong corporate governance culture anchored on integrity, transparency, and accountability.  ABOUT LANDBANK LANDBANK is the largest development financial institution in the country promoting financial inclusion, digital transformation and sustainable development to benefit Filipinos. The Bank is present in all 82 provinces in the county, committed to providing accessible and affordable financial support to key players and industries as part of its broader thrust of serving the nation. 

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Advancing a circular economy: Poultry farm boosts Romblon’s egg supply with LANDBANK support

With support from LANDBANK, brothers Alex and Raymond Abelido were able to establish Tierra del Sur Farms, Inc., in San Agustin, Romblon, which is currently the largest commercial poultry farm in the province supplying around 54,000 fresh farm white eggs daily. SAN AGUSTIN, Romblon – With its local small-scale poultry farms having limited egg production capacity, this Province mainly relies on imported chicken eggs to fully sustain the daily requirements of consumers, restaurants and other local businesses.     Bulk of Romblon’s egg supply are shipped from other areas in the country, making its supply vulnerable to transportation disruptions caused by adverse weather conditions and other unexpected delays. These constraints were in full display during the previous imposition of lockdown measures and travel restrictions at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Local businessmen and brothers Alex and Raymond Abelido saw this demand-supply gap as an opportunity to establish Tierra del Sur Farms, Inc., a commercial poultry farm to help strengthen local egg production and cut down egg imports.    “Growing Romblon’s poultry production is part of our vision to build a more sustainable food system in Romblon. This is our contribution towards ensuring food security in the province,” said Tierra del Sur Farms President and CEO Alex Abelido.  Branching out from their existing construction business, the Abelido brothers faced the challenge of venturing into agriculture and building the largest poultry farm in the province to-date.  In 2023, the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) extended credit assistance amounting to P160 million to re-finance the construction of facilities in their 17-hectare farm in Romblon.  The LANDBANK loan helped put up necessary facilities such as four poultry buildings, as well as feeds and tools warehouses, workers' quarters and an organic fertilizer plant. Part of the loan also supported the acquisition of ready-to-lay chickens and covered the purchase of chicken feeds, among other operational expenses.  Not long after having 25,000 laying hens at the beginning of their operations, Tierra del Sur Farms, Inc. now has around 60,000 laying hens in their Romblon farm producing about 54,000 eggs daily. These eggs are distributed to the different island municipalities of the province, including Tablas Island. Locals are now able to buy eggs at a much cheaper price, with each piece sold at a farm gate price of P7.00 compared to imports that cost around P10.00 per piece. Having locally produced eggs likewise ensures quality and availability in the province, as compared to imported eggs which could take days to reach the province.  Tierra del Sur Farms, Inc. is able to produce over 250,000 eggs daily, distributed in the islands of Romblon and other parts of the country, including Batangas, Rizal, and Manila. With the success of their Romblon poultry farm, Tierra del Sur Farms, Inc. likewise sought the assistance of LANDBANK in expanding their operations to Calatagan, Batangas. They availed a P430-million loan to finance the construction of poultry buildings and support facilities such as an organic fertilizer plant, sewage treatment plant, and warehouses.   The Batangas poultry farm houses around 250,000 laying hens in seven fully automated and mechanized poultry buildings. It produces about 200,000 eggs daily, shipped to various trade partners in Batangas, Rizal, and Manila.  “We would like to thank LANDBANK for its support as we achieve our goals of empowering local communities and ensuring food security. We look forward to their continued support as we plan to expand the reach of our operations even further to neighboring provinces,” said Raymond Abelido, Tierra del Sur Farms, Inc. Corporate Treasurer and manager. As of end-March 2024, LANDBANK’s outstanding loans to the poultry sector has reached P15.5 billion to finance the production of chicken and duck eggs, breeding of poultry, and sale of poultry meat and products, among other projects.  Building a sustainable circular economy  As part of Tierra del Sur Farms, Inc.’s advocacy to operate with minimal ecological footprint, the farm prides itself on employing sustainable methods for waste management to reduce environmental impact and protect natural resources.  Through a sewage treatment plant also financed by LANDBANK, the farm recycles wastewater as drinking water for their chickens, thereby reducing costs and preventing water pollution.  LANDBANK’s assistance likewise enabled the farm to construct an organic fertilizer plant to produce their own fertilizer from chicken manure. These fertilizers are sold to local farmers to help improve soil quality and agricultural production.  Tierra del Sur Farms, Inc. was also recently recognized for the good quality of their fertilizer and tapped by the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) through a joint venture to supply organic fertilizer to coconut farmers nationwide. Their new collaboration aims to boost coconut production while promoting proper poultry waste management, as the Abelido brothers work towards making their business more sustainable and self-sustaining.  ABOUT LANDBANK LANDBANK currently operates a total of two Branches in the Province of Romblon, complemented by seven ATMs and one cash deposit machine, to facilitate accessible, convenient, and secure banking services.  LANDBANK is the largest development financial institution in the country promoting financial inclusion, digital transformation and sustainable development to benefit Filipinos. The Bank is present in all 82 provinces in the country, committed to provide accessible and responsive financing to drive the agriculture sector’s productivity and competitiveness, while championing sustainable development in the countryside.

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