Sunday, June 4, 2023

The newly-opened BDO branch in SM City Bataan

BDO Unibank welcomes residents of Bataan City to their recently opened mall branch in SM City. 

BDO find ways to make banking more accessible to Filipinos. The bank provides simplicity and convenience to its customers by setting up branches in well-placed locations, including malls, and by extending its selection of financial solutions, including physical and digital banking services. 

BDO Branch, SM City Bataan

GF, Area Code 1085b & 1088, SM City Bataan, Lerma St., Brgy. Ibayo, City of Balanga, Bataan

The brand-new BDO mall location offers a hybrid banking experience that combines physical and digital features.  Customers can consult and do business with the branch's helpful staff, but they can also take use of the bank's in-branch innovations, such making appointments online to visit. 

  • The branch has the following:

    • Services: Over-the-counter branch transactions, including account opening, deposit, remittance, etc.

    • Self-Service Facilities: ATMs, cash deposit machines, Branch Account Assist and Service Assist kiosks

    • Other Products: Life insurance via BDO Life, Auto Loans, Home Loans & Installment Card with low interest rate

  • Cash Agad is BDO's financial solution where anyone with participating BancNet ATM card can perform cash withdrawal and balance inquiry transactions via point-of-sale (POS) machines in more than 10,000 partner-stores nationwide.

  • BDO Kabayan Savings is the start of a lasting relationship between BDO Remit and Filipino migrants and families. Overseas Filipinos and their beneficiaries may open a BDO Kabayan Savings online or at any BDO branch in the Philippines.

  • BDO is committed to continuously expand its branch network to better service the needs of OFW families 

BDO Network Bank, the community banking arm of BDO Unibank, primarily caters to the unserved and underserved segments. It offers products that are tailor-fit to their needs.

You can visit BDO Network Bank Loan Office located at Unit B, Ground Floor, FAV Hotel, Market Site, San Jose, Balanga, Bataan and inquire your needed loan services available. 

Thanksgiving day for all the clients of BDO who opened an account with them especially to Kabayan Savings account holders, also activities such as games and raffle were held, plus they invited a Ms. Julie Ann San Jose who performed for the crowd during the event. 

We were lucky to have a brief conversation and some questions about the mall event with Mr. Sonny Agapito, MSME Group Sales Head, BDO Network Bank. He thanked the community and BDO clients for their overwhelming support and confidence in their financial and banking needs. 

For other information on BDO, visit or you can check BDO Kabayan and BDO Unibank’s FB Page.  

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Local farmers in Calabarzon to receive training on modern farming techniques


 KSK-SAP farmers and partners from San Pablo City, Laguna.  

SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI) has taken another step in its mission to enhance the agriculture and entrepreneurial skills of farmers. The organization recently launched the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan on Sustainable Agriculture Program (KSK-SAP) across various locations in Calabarzon. 

Beginning with its launch in Padre Garcia, Batangas on April 13, 2023, the program has since been extended to Silang, Cavite, Batangas City, San Pablo, Laguna, and Calamba City. SMFI is also set to provide free agri-skills training to local farmers in other parts of the region to help other beneficiaries uplift their families and communities.

Empowering local farmers 

The local farmer-beneficiaries will undergo a two-phased program, spearheaded by its partner school Moca Family Farm RLearning Center, Inc.  

The said program kicked off with an immersive 14-week training program, designed to equip participants with essential skills and knowledge in agriculture. The modular training curriculum covers topics on the latest agri-technology updates, capacity building, financial literacy, product development, and market opportunities. Through these comprehensive modules, KSK-SAP aims to empower and enhance farmers’ agricultural practices and explore avenues for sustainable growth. 

As a highlight of the program's first phase, KSK-SAP farmers will join the SM Sunday Market, a collaborative initiative between SM Foundation and SM Supermalls. This platform offers trainees a valuable opportunity to showcase their agricultural produce and gain firsthand experience in institutional selling. Through this market opportunity, participants can not only generate income but also cultivate their expertise and experience in the sales and marketing aspects of their agri-businesses.

KSK Trainees at Tabangao Ambulong, Batangas City, Batangas

To prepare for the second phase of the program, SMFI will also assist the farmers in formalizing their respective groups. To boost their earning capactiy and contribution to economic growth, the foundation will support them in creating a sustainable and profitable farming community through the assistance of its partner agencies. 

KSK-SAP originated from the vision of SMFI’s founder Henry "Tatang" Sy Sr. to establish a sustainable initiative that would uplift the farming skills, food security, and livelihood know-how of low-income Filipino farmers. Over the years, the program has evolved into a comprehensive training program that generates opportunities for skills development, employment, and livelihood.

Since its inception in 2007, KSK-SAP has helped more than 28,000 marginalized farmers from rural and urban areas across the country, fueling their entrepreneurial and farming capabilities. As a result, some of the program's graduates have turned into seasonal suppliers for the SM group and other local markets.

SM Foundation’s KSK-SAP is conducted in partnership with SM Supermalls, TESDA, DA, DSWD, DOST, DTI, DOT and partner farm schools.

Friday, May 26, 2023

SM Prime’s second annual integrated report receives multiple recognition from international organizations


SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, has been recognized by three international award-giving bodies for excellence in transparent Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting for its 2021 Annual Integrated Report entitled "Together, We Rise".

SM published its sustainability reports since 2013 even before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) mandated sustainability reporting in the Philippines. SM Prime further promotes transparency and accountability by informing investors and stakeholders of its ESG performance and impacts, decision-making processes, and competitive positioning value in the sector.

“We are honored to receive these awards as a recognition of our commitment to provide transparent reporting in our sustainable practices. We value all our stakeholders, and we strive to enrich the quality of life of the Filipino people,” SM Prime President Mr. Jeffrey Lim said.

At the summit of international recognitions, SM Prime bagged accolades from the biggest and most coveted awards competition in the business world called Stevie® Awards. The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards recognizes business innovation across the entire Asia-Pacific region, whereas IBAs is one of the first and most highly anticipated awards programs of the Stevie Awards that features a wide variety of categories relevant to every facet of the workplace that is open to all kinds and sizes of organizations globally. SM Prime was awarded the Bronze Stevie® Winner at the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards program and Silver Stevie® Winner in the 2022 International Business Awards (IBAs).

Also, in the regional scene, the company won a Silver Rank in the Asia Sustainability Reporting Rating (ASRRAT) 2022, a sustainability report ranking by the National Center for Sustainability Reporting (NCSR). ASRRAT’s rating system employs criteria based on GRI Standards compliance, GHG disclosures transparency, and alignment with and support of the UN SDGs, among other factors. 

The international recognitions are a testament to SM Prime’s active role in championing sustainability across its operations as it continues to be a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.