UnionBankers' Go Beyond Does Greater Good Through NGOs
In this time of global health crisis, UnionBank is committed to ensuring that there will be no disruptions to banking services, especially for Filipinos who need access to financial resources. The Bank is also maximizing its digital platforms in providing invaluable assistance to communities in need in light of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Through its CSR and employee volunteering program, Go Beyond Communities, UnionBank extended aid to at least 6,000 communities in Metro Manila through its partner foundations. On top of this, it has also earmarked PHP3.8 million to procure and donate personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical frontliners and allocated another PHP1 million to support the nationwide food relief program of Aboitiz Foundation.
First To Respond To The Call For Assistance
Soon after the ECQ took effect, UnionBank’s Go Beyond partners Caritas Manila and Tulong Kapwa Kapatid (2KK) Foundation mobilized their resources to secure relief packs for identified communities expected to be hardest hit. Donations were immediately transferred online and a fund raising campaign was set up by Caritas and 2KK using UnionBank’s digital platforms including the option to convert credit card points into cash donations.
UnionBank was one of the first to respond to our call for assistance. The donation of the Bank, transferred online, was able to send 4,000 packs of food and vitamins to Caritas family beneficiaries with children, senior citizens, pregnant, and persons with disability, as well as individuals who are minimum wage earners. These are families in the districts of Tondo, Intramuros, Paco, and Sta. Ana in Manila City.
– May Tiangco, Head of Development Planning and Strategy, Caritas Manila
The Bank's Go Beyond Communities also enabled 2KK Foundation to send food packs and vitamins to the a dozen impoverished barangays in the metropolis.
UnionBank was one of the first and biggest donors to respond to our COVID efforts. They reached out right away to our call. Because of UnionBank’s initial donation we were able to assist our communities in Maisan, Sampaloc, Payatas, and Smokey Mountain. Thanks to UnionBank’s online platform, we were able to raise more funds that allowed us to distribute face masks and deliver 4,500 packed meals for our frontliners. Wealso sent 3,500 food packs to Maisan, Sampaloc, Payatas, and Smokey Mountain.
– Kritzia Santos, Founder, Tulong Kapwa Kapatid (2KK) Foundation
Support was also extended to Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, Inc. (TWHI), which is UnionBank’s long-time Go Beyond Communities partner. The Bank donated cash that can be used to sustain its operations in this most difficult period. TWHI houses one of UnionBank’s IT command centers that employs three IT Specialists who are themselves persons with disability. (RELATED VIDEO)
UnionBank will join Aboitiz Foundation in its initiative to launch a nationwide food distribution program by allocating PHP1 million. The feeding program will target municipalities from across the country.
Supporting Our Frontliners And Service Providers
In the coming week, UnionBank will donate 7,000 N95 masks, 2,000 hazmat suits, 1,000 face shields, and 700 protective goggles to Philippine General Hospital, which is designated as COVID-19 referral center.
Meanwhile, UnionBank has extended special subsidy to its outsourced service providers that employ security guards, janitors, and messengers. The special subsidy is in the form of a one-time benefit on top of the employees’ daily wages from March 30 to April 14.
Unity In Adversity
UnionBank's digital transformation, which focused on people and technology is proving its timely role in both providing undisrupted banking services to customers and assisting its community of social citizenship partners.
The Bank’s digital transformation has truly prepared the organization to be agile even in emergency situations and further allowed UnionBank’s culture and core values of integrity, magis, and ubuntu to shine through, inspiring our employees and community partners to collaborate and co-create much needed solutions that address the need of our stakeholders.