An important aspect of social responsibility is how First Metro supports local communities, even those beyond where we operate. We are committed to advancing quality education, helping the underprivileged, alleviating poverty, and other initiatives that uplift living conditions in communities.

 

Reaching out to students and educators

We also sustained our long-running commitment to academic institutions in providing quality education and meeting the needs of disadvantaged children.

 

We continued to reach out to students with vision impairment through our Bigay Liwanag program which benefited over 300 students in 2019. Eye examinations were given by Ms. Ederlinda Marquez of Marquez Optical to students from Dr. Benigno Aldana Elementary School, Legarda Elementary School, and Eriberto Elementary School. Since 2008, we have already served 27 schools and over 3,000 beneficiaries within the metro. We also donated copies of the book, Ang Maliit na Palda ni Isay, a story about wisdom and practicality, to these schools.

 
We celebrated National Teachers’ Month with an appreciation event for 25 teachers of Eriberto Elementary School. Highlights of the celebration included our fundraising activity to buy tokens and care packages for educators, and a financial literacy seminar to help them become money smart.

 

In February 2019, we participated in the 7th Founder’s Run aimed to raise funds for the athletic scholarship program of the senior high school division of Manila Tytana Colleges. Together with employees from our parent firm, and other companies within the Metrobank Group, 25 First Metro employees participated in the run for a cause.

 

First Metro employees also joined the ANCOP Global Walk at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila in November 2019. This was meant to help the poorest of the poor through scholarships from elementary to college.

 
Our education outreach for 2019 culminated with Tamang Paghahanda Para sa Laro ng Buhay: Financial Literacy with a Twist held at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Tarlac. The program honored high school scholars and their families. Financial literacy activities were conducted using board games, a curated talk, and a film showing. FirstMetroSec handed out Ipon Cans to the student participants and their families to help them in their financial journeys.

 

Caring for the community

First Metro employee volunteers continued to actively participate in Bags of Blessing (BOB), the Metrobank Group’s nationwide gift-giving tradition every Chinese New Year. They distributed food packages for three consecutive days in selected communities in Manila, Quezon City, and Marikina City.

 

Christmas also came early for 400 Aeta families in October with Kapit Bisig Para sa Mga Kapatid held in Floridablanca, Pampanga. The First Metro Controllership & Planning Group organized the outreach program filled with games, grocery item distribution, and hearty meals shared with the community beneficiaries.

 
No one gets left behind, even in old age. This held true for FirstMetroSec as it kickstarted its 25th anniversary with “2019 Reach First,” held at the Haven for the Elderly in Tanay, Rizal in October 2019. FirstMetroSec employees spent a day with over 80 elders, most of whom were abandoned or left behind due to their families’ financial difficulties.

 

We also made beautiful memories with seniors at the shelter with tree-planting, feeding, and gift-giving activities, along with easy-to-understand presentations on financial wellness. The elderly beneficiaries also received bags of medicines, towels and toiletries, while the volunteers’ heart for service were recognized with saving and investing lessons plus Ipon Cans as tokens.

 

First Metro believes that by giving and sharing a part of ourselves, we enrich and expand our own lives, whether as individuals or as part of a bigger community. In a constantly changing world, sustained efforts in financial well-being, education, and poverty alleviation make a big difference.