Values Formation and Youth Development Programs
Values Strengthened Through the Bible
Continuing the values formation of the young people, CPSR supports the National Bible Quiz of the Society of St. Paul (SSP) since 2009. The National Bible Quiz brings together youth in the secondary level from private and parochial schools with the purpose of developing idealism, social consciousness and life orientation through the Bible.
Communities We Serve
A Community’s Call for a High School
Barugo is a fourth class municipality by the Coast of Carigara Bay, North of Leyte. According to its Division head, many of its students used to walk several kilometers to get to the nearest high school in the next town.
Heeding the appeal of the community, UnionBank worked with DepEd and DPWH to construct a Four-Classroom School Building with Principal’s Office. The new Barugo National High School has a total population of about 500 students who now have their own school in their hometown.
New Homes for Bohol Earthquake Victims
The magnitude 7.2 earthquake left many Boholanos homeless. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, UnionBank helped build 70 core houses and 100 Shelter Repair Kits for the earthquake victims in Loon, Bohol. With an innovative design and using indigenous materials, these houses are said to be moreearthquake-resistant and could withstand typhoons. In fact, when President Aquino saw this design, he ordered 8,039 homes built in 39 towns.
Lights for Christmas in Capiz
The Give Light on Christmas Day project of the Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan aimed to provide solar lighting to 20 remote and affected areas (mission stations) in Capiz which was badly hit by typhoon Yolanda. UnionBank CPSR supported this program with the hope of lighting homes and parishes in time for Misas de Aguinaldo or Misa de Gallo, a much anticipated Christmas celebration in the country.
It Takes A Community to Rise from Ruins
As part of the community, UnionBank supported the UP Alumni Association in raising funds for the reconstruction of destroyed facilities in the UPV Tacloban College and the UPM School of Health Sciences in Palo, Leyte, as well as the transfer of its affected students, faculty and staff to other UP campuses.
Causes we Support
For the Bank, immediate and significant help is needed to SAVE LIVES, PUT ORDER and RAISE HOPE amidst chaos. When typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas region, UnionBank was among the quickest to respond with a PhP25 million donation to the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. for its relief and rehabilitation efforts in Northern Cebu which was also severely affected by the typhoon.
Employee-Initiated Relief Operations
UnionBank leverages on the goodwill and strength of its employee-volunteers to reach out in times of calamities. Employee-initiated relief operations in Bohol after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, as well as in Medellin, Northern Cebu and Tacloban City after the onslaught of typhoon Yolandawere supported by UnionBank CPSR.
Weather Philippines Foundation
Givenour changing climate, reliable and up-to date weather reports become more crucial. Weather Philippines Foundation (WPF) aims to deliver critical and accurate weather forecasts to the Filipino community, supporting the government’s disaster risk mitigation and management initiatives.UnionBank, through the Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., is one of WPF’s founding partners.
Indigenous Peoples Group
In support of indigenous people’s organization, UnionBank contributed to the Ibanag Heritage Foundation, Inc. to preserve and enhance the Ibanag language, traditions and culture, as well as its tangible and intangible cultural heritages.
Arts and Culture
Promotion of the Filipino artistry has always been one of UnionBank’s advocacies. In partnership with Instituto Cervantes-Manila, Embassy of Spain, Colegio de San Luis, Mexico and Ateneo de Manila University, CPSR supported the publication of El Campeon- a novel by Filipino writer Antonio Abad and recipient of the Commonwealth Literature Prize in 1940.
Enabling the Enablers
Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.
Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. develops and implements social and economic development programs for less privileged communities throughout the country. UnionBank contributes regularly to Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. in support of itsdifferent projects on education, enterprise development, primary health and child care, environment, and disaster response.
Institute for Solidarity in Asia
ISA is committed to promote good governance among Local Government Units, National Government Agencies, and Professional Associations for nation-building.UnionBank supports the ISA in its efforts to strengthen its organizational development and capabilities to better deliver its public governance initiatives.
Caritas Manila serves the poor and marginalized communities through its various social and developmental programs. UnionBank enables Caritas by regularly donating furniture, fixtures, equipment and other items for clearance to their Segunda Mana Program. Segunda Mana Program is a fund-raising project that collects and sells used items that still have value. Earnings from the sale help fund Caritas Manila’s programs for the poor.
Philippine Business for Social Progress
The Philippine Business for Social Progress promotes and develops inclusive business models to strategically alleviate poverty. UnionBank contributes to PBSP by providing means to mobilize its personnel in carrying out its services in various areas around the country. UnionBank also supports its Project New Dawn for the rehabilitation of Visayas after the devastation of typhoon Yolanda.
Every national election, UnionBank contributes to the accredited citizen’s arm to ensure clean and honest election. UnionBank has given to NAMFREL and PPCRV to conduct poll watching in various precincts, provide assistance to voters during Election Day, and assist the COMELEC in voters’ information and education drives.
Lumina Pandit II
In support of the University of Santo Tomas Miguel de Benavides Library and University Archives, UnionBank launched Lumina Pandit II: Undending Light in 2015. This program aims to preserve, restore, and digitize the 30,000 rare books and documents housed in the university. The Bank has used its financial resources and technical expertise to support and strengthen the library’s push to preserve and digitize the books in its collections that contain more than 400 years of the world’s history.
These esteemed books include “La Guerra Judaica” (1492) by Josephus Flavius for those who studied history, Athanasius Kircher’s “Musurgia Universalis” (1650) read by Bach and Beethoven for those who studied music, Hippocrates’ “Opera Omnia” (1737) for those who studied medicine, and “De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium” by Copernicus (1543) for those who were interested in science.
To date, more than 106 volumes of rare books have been restored and more than 1,074,658 pages have been digitized including rare books, Filipiniana rare maps, issues and volumes of UST publications dating back to 1922. Five new catalogs (18-19th century books, Filipiniana rare periodicals and two (2) catalogs of the Archives) have also been printed. Meanwhile, the first three catalogs (16-17th century books and Filipiniana rare books) have been reprinted.
Because of its impact, the Lumina Pandit II program has lead to UnionBank’s Chairman and CEO to be conferred with a Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa degree by UST last December 2015. He was recognized for his zeal in preserving the Filipino heritage housed in UST’s archives.
The program has also been recognized by The Public Relations Society of the Philippines in its annual Anvil Awards. It won a Gold Award for Public Relations Program on a Sustained Basis for Arts and Culture.