Employee Volunteerism
BPI BAYAN: Employee Volunteerism Program
BPI acknowledges its employees’ desire and capability to give back to their country. As part of the bank's 160th anniversary in 2011, its employee volunteerism program was re-launched as BPI BAYAN, which stands for Bayanihan Para sa Inang Bayan, giving employees a platform to contribute more personally to the growth of their communities and conservation of the environment.
Employees are able to choose projects they wish to get involved in and align their actions with the causes they feel strongly about. Among the programs initiated by BPI BAYAN include skills-training for livelihood, financial wellness seminars, coastal clean-ups, tree-planting activities, improvement of public parks and day care centers, tutorial sessions for street children and out-of-school youth, caring for children with special needs and health conditions, among others. BPI also recognizes outstanding BPI BAYAN volunteer projects at an annual awarding ceremony.


On December 5, 2015, BPI employees joined the global community in celebrating International Volunteer Day. Over 1,000 employee-volunteers in over 30 locations across the countries gave their Saturday to be with members of their local community.  

Locations included Bacolod, Baguio, Itogon, Cagayan de Oro, General Trias, Imus, Noveleta, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Koronadal, Calamba, Los Banos, Sta. Rosa, Lipa, Makati, Manila, Muntinlupa, Naga, Novaliches, Mabalacat, San Fernando, Pasay, Puerto Princesa, Quezon City – Commonwealth and Diliman, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.







Getting involved is in these employees’ DNA 

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA— On Thursday, June 11, 2015 Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) recognized its outstanding employee volunteers in the BPI BAYAN Awards 2015 held at Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City. Three out of the bank’s 39 volunteer groups were given “Outstanding Volunteer Group” Awards for their initiatives in environmental protection and livelihood creation.  

BPI BAYAN, which stands for Bayanihan Para sa Inang Bayan, is the nationwide employee volunteerism program of BPI. It was launched to further give life the bank's commitment to nation-building with the creation of a platform for its employees to serve and empower the communities where they reside or work.

“BPI not only aims to create seasoned professionals in the field of finance but also aims to build a pool of active leaders and change agents in their respective communities,” said BPI President and CEO Cezar P. Consing.
“BPI BAYAN is unique in that it is driven primarily by employee volunteers from conceptualization to implementation. Since its inception in 2011, BPI BAYAN has created projects that vary in focus, tackling issues on the environment, education, health, and financial wellness,” explained Executive Director of BPI Foundation Fidelina A. Corcuera
"Strengthen your communities. Create resilience," says Chairman of the Philippine Red Cross Richard Gordon.


Padayun Oplan Save Tuburan

BPI Negros Occidental Cluster, Negros Area

The maintenance of the mangroves is essential to 835 families in Barangay Tuburan, Savaria whose primary source of income is fishing. To protect the threatened marine ecosystem, a mangrove nursery was built, maintained, and continuously replenished once propagules are ready to be planted along the shore. The nursery is maintained by TFMDA and has become their income generating arm. TFMDA has become a supplier of mangrove propagules to the government and other members of the private sector.

Saving Money By Going Blue and Green

BPI Dumaguete Cluster, Negros Area

Since 2011, BPI Dumaguete has spearheaded the clean up and revitalization of the Siliman Beach for environmental protection and in support of the fishing livelihood of local residents. The group has planted 2,200 magroves along the shore, collected 181 sacks of non-biodegradable, built 54 and deployed 47 reef domes.

Kabuhayan para sa Ina ng Tahanan

BPI Batangas-Palawan Area

Seeing the need for the housewives of Purok Aplaya, Puerto Princesa City to earn money for their families, the group helped the women obtain weaving and sewing training, taught them financial management and marketing, and created a livelihood program which sells rags locally. 



BPI BAYAN volunteers gather at the Mind Museum on June 10, 2015 to learn more about effective community development.

Alongside the national awarding ceremony, BPI organized a volunteerism summit at The Mind Museum the day before, for all the volunteer groups to learn how to organize community development projects better. The speakers included Undersecretary Alexander Pama of NDRRMC, Benjamin Abadiano, a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee; Reese Fernandez-Ruiz of Rags 2 Riches; Vincent Mariel Rapisura of Social Enterprise Development Partnerships, and project management trainer Pia Bejar of Mindscopes.

Empowering BPI Employees Through Volunteerism:
Our 2018 Employee Engagement in Review

Through BPI Bayan, the Bank empowers employees to create needs-based volunteer programs in the local communities near BPI offices and branches. In 2018, the program enabled employee volunteers to engage with 45 communities across the country by providing capacity building tools and resources for community development.  

A notable volunteer project is “Oplan Save Tuburan”, which has been implemented by BPI Negros Area employees with the beneficiary organizations of Tuburan Fisherfolks and Mangrove Development Association and Brgy. Tuburan’s Mangrove Development Program. What started as a simple mangrove reforestation in Brgy. Tuburan, EB Magalona, Negros Occidental in 2012, has now expanded into a sustainable livelihood program that enables the community to remain resilient and independent despite several catastrophic events in their area.  

In 2018, this BPI Bayan project expanded their reach and replicated their program in another community, Sitio Roma, Brgy. Batea in the same municipality. Sitio Roma is an island fishing community of 155 households, with the same geographical and social attributes as that of Brgy. Tuburan’s, which suffers from extreme erosion and poverty. The project, now named as “Balangaw sa Sitio Roma”, started to rebuild mangrove nurseries with the help of Brgy. Batea’s supply of propagules for their mangrove reforestation initiatives. Moreover, the project has its sights on implementing financial literacy and waste segregation campaigns to address other environmental and livelihood challenges within the area.  

In the 3rd year of BPI Social Immersion Lab (SOIL), 6 senior officers of the bank immersed themselves in under developed agricultural communities in Visayas and shared their expertise in developing and implementing financial interventions.

This year, the Bank held its first nationwide volunteer day and mobilized over 1,200 BPI employees who worked hand-in-hand in building shelters in 10 Gawad Kalinga (GK) communities all over the country, providing hope to over 3,284[1] soon-to-be residents from 714 families in these marginalized areas.     

In 2018, a total of 54,000 volunteer hours contributed by unibankers through BPI Bayan, Social Immersion Lab, Nationwide volunteer day, and other Bank initiated volunteer activities.   

[1] Data on number of residents is based on Philippine Statistics Authority 2010 census on the average household size of 4.6 members per household. 

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