Air Force salutes LANDBANK as outstanding ‘wingman’

August 3, 2022

LANDBANK South NCR Branches Group Head, Senior Vice President Ramon R. Monteloyola (center) receives the plaque of recognition on behalf of LANBANK from PAF Commanding General Lt. Gen. Connor Anthony D. Canlas, Sr. (left) and AFP Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Erickson R. Gloria (right) during the PAF 75th Anniversary Night celebration.

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) was conferred with the Outstanding Stakeholder honor for the second year in a row by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) during its 75th Anniversary Night celebration at the Sheraton Hotel in Pasay City.

The PAF recognized LANDBANK’s invaluable and continuous support over the years, notably the Bank’s digital banking facilities that the Air Force is utilizing.

LANDBANK was instrumental in creating the one-time crediting system with the Air Force Accounting Office for PAF personnel’s salary and allowances; and the PAF Online Payment System which allows personnel to settle government-related accountabilities and dues through LANDBANK’s digital payment portal.

“LANDBANK is one with the Philippine Air Force in its ongoing defense modernization efforts, as we continue to serve the country’s armed forces with convenient and accessible digital banking services,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo.

LANDBANK South NCR Branches Group Head, Senior Vice President Ramon R. Monteloyola received the plaque of recognition on behalf of the Bank from Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Erickson R. Gloria and PAF Commanding General Lt. Gen. Connor Anthony D. Canlas, Sr.

To sufficiently serve PAF personnel especially during peak demand, LANDBANK recently installed an offsite ATM in Clark Air Base and deployed a mobile ATM at the Air Education Training and Doctrine Command at Fernando Air Base in Lipa City, Batangas. 

The state-run Bank also previously facilitated the processing and distribution of LANDBANK ATM cards to all PAF trainees.

LANDBANK is leveraging on the latest technology to support the digitalization of various government operations as part of its expanded mandate of serving the nation. 

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