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LANDBANK opens Himamaylan Branch-Lite in Negros Occidental


November 26, 2020

Himamaylan City Mayor Rogelio Raymund I. Tongson, Jr. (2nd from left) and LANDBANK West Visayas Branches Group Head First Vice President Delma O. Bandiola (3rd from left) led the inauguration of the new LANDBANK Himamaylan Branch-Lite in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. They are joined by (from left to right) Himamaylan City Vice Mayor Justin Dominic S. Gatuslao, LANDBANK Kabankalan Branch Head Dulce Joy J. Gayat, and LANDBANK Himamaylan Branch-Lite Head Melchor P. Genada, Jr.

HIMAMAYLAN CITY, Negros Occidental – State-run Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) officially opened in this city the LANDBANK Himamaylan Branch-Lite on November 10, 2020, its 11th in the Province.

This brings the number of LANDBANK’s branches and extension offices to 412 across all 81 provinces nationwide, complemented by 53 Lending Centers and 2,266 ATMs.

The inauguration was led by Himamaylan City Mayor Rogelio Raymund I. Tongson, Jr. and LANDBANK West Visayas Branches Group Head First Vice President Delma O. Bandiola. They were joined by Himamaylan City Vice Mayor Justin Dominic S. Gatuslao, LANDBANK Kabankalan Branch Head Dulce Joy J. Gayat, and LANDBANK Himamaylan Branch-Lite Head Melchor P. Genada, Jr.

“The establishment of the LANDBANK Himamaylan Branch-Lite is an important development for our city. Thank you very much to LANDBANK for helping Himamaylanons and the rest of our city grow,” Mayor Tongson said.

LANDBANK Himamaylan Branch-Lite will augment and further improve the efficiency of LANDBANK Kabankalan Branch, and will cater to the banking needs of Himamaylan City, and the Municipalities of Binalbagan, Hinigaran, and Isabela, covering a total of 89 barangays, including other government agencies.

The Branch-Lite is also expected to bring LANDBANK’s banking services closer to around 5,000 Himamaylanon farmers; 3,600 fishers; and 5,000 beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program in the City.

“We hope that LANDBANK’s presence in Himamaylan will further spur economic growth and agricultural production in the city. As their partner towards inclusive and sustainable development, LANDBANK is committed to assist Himamaylan City in achieving its full potential through our banking services,” said LANDBANK FVP Bandiola.

The Branch-Lite is equipped with LANDBANK’s Digital Onboarding System (DOBS), a web application which simplifies the account enrolment process from 45 minutes to only 10-15 minutes, bringing banking services closer to the people of Negros Occidental.

With the opening of LANDBANK’s Himamaylan Branch-Lite, LANDBANK now operates a total of 11 branches in Negros Occidental, complementing three (3) existing branches located in Bacolod City, and one (1) each in the cities of Cadiz, Kabankalan, Sagay, San Carlos, Silay, Sipalay, and Victorias. A total of 41 ATMs are also present in the province to facilitate fast and safe cash withdrawals and transfers.

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