Singapore-based finance publication Asian Banking & Finance recently conferred its prestigious Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program of the Year Gold Award on the BDO (Banco de Oro) Foundation in recognition of the latter’s rehabilitation program for rural health units.
The foundation clinched the gold after winning silvers for the past three years. Edwin Reyes, BDO Transaction Banking Group head, accepted the award at the publication’s 2017 Retail Banking Awards in Singapore.
Organized by Asian Banking & Finance, the Retail Banking Awards recognizes banks that deliver outstanding products and services. It was attended by more than 260 banking and insurance executives from 30 countries, including China, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand.
Asian Banking & Finance honored the BDO Foundation’s rehabilitation program for rural health units that aims to improve the delivery of primary healthcare services in disaster-stricken communities all over the Philippines.
Through the program, the foundation improves the health centers’ offices, clinics, consultation rooms, treatment rooms, pharmacies, and birthing facilities, among others. Furthermore, it installs breastfeeding stations, as well as waiting areas for children and senior citizens.
Backed by BDO’s wide network of branches nationwide, the foundation has rehabilitated more than 30 health centers since 2012. The initiative is in line with the BDO Foundation’s disaster response advocacy and contributes to the achievement of the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goal No. 3, which is to ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being of people of all ages.
“The recognition we just received strengthens our resolve to continue finding ways to address the needs of our less fortunate fellow Filipinos. We share this award with our partners including local government units, municipal or city health officers and their staff, and our colleagues in BDO who have gone out of their way to help us make these projects happen,” BDO Foundation President Mario Deriquito said.