Programs BPI Foundation  
Bayanihan Para sa Inang Bayan (BPI Bayan) Employee Volunteerism
  Launched in August 2011 as part of the Bank's 160th anniversary, the Bank's employee volunteerism project dubbed “Bayanihan Para sa Inang Bayan (BPI Bayan)” aims to engage BPI employees in volunteerism initiatives that will give back to the community where they are and to the environment as well.  
  What differentiates BPI Bayan from other employee volunteerism program is the hands on participation of the employees from choosing their projects, coordinating with various institutions to sourcing of funds to carry out their chosen projects. Projects undertaken by BPI Bayan were very diverse and ranged from coastal clean-up, tree planting , improvement of public parks and day care centers, to tutorial of street kids and out-of-school youth, home building, and care of special children and cancer patients. BPI Bayan not only touched the lives of various beneficiaries but gave the employees an avenue to reach out to the less fortunate and help improve our mother earth as well. To give each BPI Bayan volunteer the opportunity to share the updates on their various projects, a Facebook account named "BPI Bayan" was created.  
  An awarding ceremony to recognize the outstanding BPI Bayan volunteer program projects is held every 5th day of December, coinciding with the International Volunteer Day.  
  Awarded the Outstanding BPI Bayan Volunteerism Project for 2012 all coming from Visayaas and Mindanao regions were as follows:  
  Outstanding Awardees
  • Share A Life Program... A Continuing Project
    CBG Division III Vismin - Davao South Mindanao
    (Davao Branches and Business Center)
    CBG Division IV BFB - BFB Manila VisMin (Davao Branches)

  • Balik Eskwela through Alternative Learning System
    CBG Division III Vismin - Central Eastern Visayas Area
    Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu Clusters

  • Project: Rehabilitation of Silliman Beach in Dumaguete City (Phase 2)
    CBG Division III Vismin -Negros Area
    Dumaguete Cluster

  1st Runner Up
  • Project: DAMA (Feel), DAMAY (Involve), DAMAYAN (Support) Volunteer Project - 3D
    Centralized Operations Group- OPS1 and TBS
  2nd Runner Up
  • Project - BPI Cares: Educating Minds, Touching Hearts
    Integrated Marketing Group

  3rd Runner Up
  • Project: BPI Malate Area Cares for the Environment
    CBG Division I South Luzon- Malate Area

  4th Runner Up
  • Project: Kabuhayan Para sa Ina ng Tahanan
    CBG Division I South Luzon - Batangas/Palawan Area
    Puerto Princesa Branche
  Volunteerism: Sense of Pride
(By Emman Tolentino of HRG, Internal Communications)
  Spending many hours and sacrificing their weekends, the volunteer groups and communities who benefited from the unique mission just keep on growing. This year, 32 groups have joined the BPI Bayan Volunteer Program out of their own choice. The groups come from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao giving their share of the pie to help our fellow Filipinos in any way they can in various communities. BPI Foundation's Executive Director Randy Maranan was more than happy to see how the two-year old program has flourished and has inspired employees to be socially responsible to their communities. "Our people have their way of being creative to be able to give back… But the most important thing is the realization that this has given among our employees." he said.

For BPI President Aurelio Montinola, the BPI Bayan Program benefited not only the communities but the volunteers themselves as it fosters teamwork, lasting professional and personal relationships and a sense of pride for working not only for profit but for the betterment of the community, and the nation as a whole.

He also lauded the volunteers for being examples of compassion and generosity. "They say volunteers are paid in six figures – S-M-I-L-E-S… We salute you and we assure you that your work is never unsung. " the president exclaimed.

BPI's Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala echoed ARM's cheerfulness on every team's effort and on BPI Bayan's success. He is glad on how the program has given the employees and their communities a sense of belongingness and trust far bigger than themselves. The support that every group has given to their volunteers sets as an example to all organizations across the industry.

With just two years of continued devotion and commitment of the volunteers, the BPI Bayan program has already touched the lives and made a big difference in the beneficiary communities nationwide. This serves as the greatest reward any volunteer would want to receive.