Finally, A BanKo in BayaniJuan sa Calauan

BPI BanKo brings banking to the residents of “BayaniJuan sa Calauan”, the resettlement site established by the ABS-CBN Foundation, by accrediting four microenterprises in the area as BanKo partner outlets.
The community is home to 5,000 families who were relocated from Estero de Paco in Manila or displaced during Typhoon Ondoy. 
Father Salvador “Boy” Pablo, rector of the community’s Don Bosco parish, was beaming during the outlets’ inauguration. “We have waited five years for a bank to serve our residents,” he said, adding, “thank you for giving hope to a place where hope may sometimes be elusive.” 
BayaniJuan sa Calauan residents joined officials from BanKo, Habitat for Humanity Philippines, ABS-CBN Foundation, Ayala Foundation Inc., in a short program to launch the outlets.
ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kapamilya Foundation community development specialist Marivic Abello echoed the sentiment of the rector. “It has been a dream of many BayaniJuan residents to find a means to save. They never expected to be part of the banking system, but BanKo’s presence in the community gives them a sense of empowerment because they are now considered as bankable,” she said. 
Habitat for Humanity Philippines president Charlie Ayco, another key partner in the BayaniJuan program, lauded BanKo’s efforts for financial inclusion and acknowledged the bank for “responding to the needs of the community”. Proudly brandishing his BanKo ATM card, he extolled the benefits of being a BanKo accountholder and encouraged residents to open an account. 
Residents may apply for savings accounts, cash-in and cash-out in the neighborhood partner outlets, thus addressing their need for a convenient, affordable and secure way to save money. 
Julie Palma, Field Officer of Ayala Foundation Inc., said that the thriving livelihood program within the community will benefit from BanKo. “There are many small businesses in BayaniJuan. Residents may now put their earnings in a place within the community,” she noted.
BanKo’s partner outlet model also accords financial freedom for the community’s accredited outlets by providing an additional revenue stream for their small businesses. Alma Managuit, owner of Jam Eatery, narrated, “I did not have second thoughts when I was invited to become a partner outlet. Aside from having extra income to help me provide a better future for my children, I am also able to help my neighbors save.”
BanKo president John Rubio further reiterated the bank’s vision of banking the unbanked. “As the BanKo ng Bayan, we are here to help the ordinary Filipino achieve his dreams by providing him the opportunity to save, access to credit when needed, and formal financial services wherever they may be. We are happy that we are able to help BayaniJuan sa Calauan, and we will reach out to many more communities across the country,” he said.


The owners of the four recently inaugurated BanKo partner outlets join officers of BPI BanKo, Ayala Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Philippines and ABS CBN Foundation during the BanKo sa BayaniJuan sa Calauan launch. From L-R: BanKo VP for Community Banking Rob Nazal, Don Bosco rector F. Salvador Pablo, Ayala Foundation Inc. Field Officer Julie Palma, representative from Consuelo Foundation, BanKo President John Rubio, Habitat for Humanity Philippines President Charlie Ayco, BanKo Partner Outlet owners Cyril Huesca, Alma Managuit, Lilibeth Mones, Marichu Tundayag, BanKo Key Accounts Specialist Jun Tolentino, BanKo Key Accounts Head Ferdie Perez, ABS CBN Foundation Inc. Community Development Specialist Marivic Abello, and BanKo Account Officer Migi Soriano.

Botika ng Barangay in BayaniJuan sa Calauan is formally launched as a BanKo Partner Outlet, allowingcommunity residents to apply for accounts, cash-in and cash-out.

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