In an effort to help elevate local communities, Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) donated to the University of Santo Tomas’ (UST) Simbahayan Community Development Office. This is the second time UnionBank donated to the university. The first was Lumina Pandit which aims to restore, preserve and digitize heritage books and documents in the Miguel de Benavides Library.
“When we first heard of UST Simbahayan, it resonated with us. At UnionBank, we live for a higher purpose by fulfilling dreams and elevating lives by empowering communities through smart banking which is our contribution to society. But we also realize that all of us UnionBankers have our individual competencies and advocacies and that we should live the spirit of community which we share with UST Simbahayan,” said UnionBank Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Justo A. Ortiz.
The UST Simbahayan supports a total of 400 projects that benefit Filipinos from all over the Philippines, from the livelihood programs for Aetas to the distance learning education project for the underprivileged who live in areas far from towns and cities.
“Through the distance learning program, I have been able to learn how read and write at the age of 50. We join UST classes through a radio where we can interact with the teacher and other students in the class. It has helped me and the other students tremendously,” said Simbahayan’s Partner Community Leader Lucia A. Guya in Filipino.
The UST Simbahayan and UnionBank supports projects that engender self-reliance and independence for who are the vulnerable members of society such as livelihood projects for indigenous communities, and health and wellness efforts for the underprivileged.
“UnionBank, through the initiative of Dr. Ortiz as well as the UnionBankers who personally donated to the cause, once again takes an active part in the university’s community development activities. This clearly shows that both the university and UnionBank have the same inspiration to improve the lives of our less fortunate brothers and sisters,” said UST Officer-in-Charge/Vice Rector Rev. Richard G. Ang, OP.