Mayor EdSa Santiago (center) and Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin (left), with LANDBANK branch banking sector EVP Julio Climaco, Jr. (second from left) during the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the first LANDBANK mobile branch at the Heroes Hall, CSFP on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Mark Callo/OCVM
ANGELES CITY – Serving the nation constantly, LANDBANK of the Philippines inaugurated its first mobile branch in the country at the Heroes Hall, City of San Fernando on Wednesday.
The LANDBANK mobile branch features a cash card program and will function as a pop-up branch in various areas across the country to reach more Filipinos in underserved communities.
The ceremonial blessing and ribbon-cutting was attended by Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, LANDBANK branch banking sector executive vice president Julio Climaco, Jr., and LANDBANK Central Luzon branches group first vice president Sylvia Lim, city councilor Christina Lagman, city social welfare and development officer Aileen Villanueva, city accountant Maria Gisel Pineda, city treasurer Mary Ann Bautista, and other LGU department heads.
Through the LANDBANK mobile branch, Filipinos will have easy access to financial services such as account opening and maintenance, deposit, withdrawal, encashment, debit or credit memo, online collection payment, enrollment in e-banking facilities, and ATM services.
Mayor Santiago stressed the importance of the LANDBANK mobile branch in the distribution of cash grants and social ameliorations under the LGU’s social services and programs.
“This LANDBANK mobile branch will establish efficient, safe, and secured disbursement of cash assistance especially to our most vulnerable groups, prioritizing the seniors, persons with disabilities, and local Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4P’s beneficiaries,” said Santiago.
Climaco emphasized Santiago’s leadership and support in realizing their latest innovation in banking.
“Since 1994, we’ve been working closely with the city government for various development projects in San Fernando including the construction and improvement of school buildings and public markets. We are looking forward to more fruitful and productive collaborations with you towards your journey of making San Fernando a livable, ecologically-balanced and economically-viable model city,” Climaco said.
“Financial services in the event of calamities and similar situations is the main reason why we are launching our mobile branch. On the go to serve where we are needed the most. This will be very useful lalo na pag may mga calamities tulad ng bagyo, earthquakes and other events,” Climaco added
Lazatin, for his part, hopes for LANDBANK together with the city government to continue the growth and development in rebuilding the local economy as it further reaffirmed its commitment to the city’s economic recovery agenda.
“LANDBANK is rising to the occasion and helping its patrons engage in payments and financial transactions online. This move helps in keeping the government’s health protocols, among them physical distancing. It also allows us to do banking in the comforts of our own homes,” said Lazatin.
“As our city rises from the ashes of the pandemic, we trust that LANDBANK continues to support the Fernandinos in rebuilding our local economy,” Lazatin added.
LANDBANK, in coordination with the city social welfare and development office, started the distribution of cash cards to the first batch of senior citizens-beneficiaries of the LGU cash grants after the inauguration.