BDO Foundation joins BSP's financial education expo

BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, joined a gathering of financial education advocates--corporate foundations, financial institutions, industry leaders, organizations from the public and private sectors, policymakers, representatives from the academe and civic society groups--in the first ever Financial Education Stakeholders Expo organized by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). 

Participated in by more than 1,000 guests, the two-day expo was aimed at connecting and organizing stakeholders for the development of effective financial education initiatives and implementation of financial education policies. Backed by the Asian Development Bank, the event is in line with BSP's National Strategy for Financial Inclusion and its goal to develop a financially literate citizenry, an advocacy strongly supported by BDO Foundation. 

Last year, in partnership with BSP and the Department of Education, BDO Foundation launched its financial education program for schools, an initiative that benefits educators and learners. The corporate citizenship initiative, currently being deployed nationwide, was designed to share lessons on saving and personal finance with public school students, teachers and non-teaching personnel. 

Together with BSP and the Overseas Workers Welfare Association, BDO Foundation is working on a financial literacy program for overseas Filipino workers, their families and recipients of remittances. The development of a financial education program for soldiers--a tripartite initiative of the foundation, BSP and the Philippine Army--is also underway. 

"We are one with BSP in its efforts to empower Filipinos through financial education. Through the programs of BDO Foundation, we staunchly support BSP's advocacy to develop a financially literate citizenry and, ultimately, its goal to achieve economic growth," said BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, who served as one of the resource speakers of the expo. 

The Financial Education Stakeholders Expo was highlighted by panel discussions and plenary sessions on financial education programs as corporate citizenship initiatives, challenges in financial education, innovations and best practices, financial stewardship and personal finance strategies. An exhibit participated in by selected corporate foundations, financial institutions and non-government entities featured BDO Foundation's financial education programs. 

In line with its financial inclusion advocacy, BDO Foundation joined a gathering of corporate foundations, financial institutions and multi-sectoral organizations in the first ever Financial Education Stakeholders Expo organized by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.