LANDBANK wins ADFIAP award for volunteerism program

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo (second from left) receives the award from Nahlaa Al-Hammadi, Director General of the Oman Ministry of Commerce and Industry.  With them are ADFIAP Chairman Mr. Phub Dorji (second from right) and Oman Development Bank CEO Dr. Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-Hinai.

 

LANDBANK’s Volunteerific Program was recognized as an Outstanding Development Project under the Corporate Social Responsibility category of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) Awards 2019. It is among the 29 development programs recognized by the ADFIAP in recent ceremonies held in Oman.

Public service is second nature to Landbankers – as employees of a government institution with a unique social development mandate. The organization’s strong spirit of volunteerism is a concrete manifestation of its brand of service culture.

The Volunteerific Program was institutionalized as a vital component of the Bank’s core value of social responsibility. It allows employees to not only participate in the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs but also initiate their own volunteerism activities and consequently inspire others to be more socially aware and responsible.

In 2018, the Volunteerific Program engaged a total of 86.23% or 8,158 out of the 9,482 Landbankers nationwide to participate in and initiate their own volunteer activities – with the most number of total volunteer hours clocked in at around 46 hours.

More than 500 activities were conducted by Landbankers all over the country last year, including watershed adoption; solid waste management and water quality improvement initiatives for coastal areas and other water tributaries; repair and repainting of schools; and skills and knowledge sharing to indigent communities.

By voluntarily donating a portion of their salaries every year, Landbankers also help fund the Bank’s Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program (GPSP) which supports the education of more than 100 scholars taking-up agriculture and agriculture-related courses in college. LANDBANK volunteers also dedicate their free time as trainers under the Education-to-Employment (E2E) Internship component of GPSP. The E2E gives graduates opportunities to develop professional strengths through seminars and hands-on field training—all geared toward helping them ease into agriculture-related professions.

Landbankers also champion environmental sustainability with initiatives such as the LANDBANK Ecobrick program which fosters the practice of ecobricking among the Bank’s employees. In 2018, the program produced 3,500 ecobricks from 900,000 grams of plastic waste, making LANDBANK the top ecobricking community in the world.

To date, the Volunteerific activities of Landbankers continue to multiply and are creating extensive impact on communities near and far. More than just providing dole-outs the Program has provided the Bank’s employees with avenue to share their time and extend wholehearted service to communities in need.

Recognitions

Since 2016, the Program has won for the Bank several awards and commendations. In LANDBANK was recognized by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) under the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) as the only government agency with an established volunteerism program for employees, and was conferred the National Outstanding Volunteer Award for the Corporate-Institution category last December 2018.

The program also bagged an Award of Excellence in Communication Management: Community Relations category of the 2018 Philippine Quill Awards.