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.
The company sustained its Bigay Liwanag vision care project, a program under its CSR platform dubbed “First Metro Inspires Cares”, by donating prescription glasses to a total of 241 students in Bacood Elementary School, Margarita Roxas de Ayala Elementary School, and Silahis ng Katarungan Special School in 2018. The eye check-ups were conducted by Dr. Ederlinda Marquez of Marquez Optical. Bigay Liwanag has already benefited more than 3,000 children since its inception 11 years ago.
First Metro joined the Metrobank Group to celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Bags of Blessing project on February 16, 2018 at Lancaster New City in Imus, Cavite.
A brainchild of the late Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty, Bags of Blessing is a series of gift-giving activities in select areas nationwide catering to underprivileged families. Instead of the traditional ang-paos (red envelopes containing cash), the Group distributed P10 million worth of food packages to 10,000 families in 21 cities and municipalities nationwide. Beneficiaries were carefully selected from the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
First Metro joined the Department of Education and Metrobank Foundation in honoring the modern-day unsung heroes — the teachers — and acknowledging their crucial role in developing globally minded students and shaping the future of the nation. Aside from giving thank you cards to teachers and featuring inspiring stories of teachers for the entire month of September during its flag ceremony, a fundraising activity dubbed “Isang Daang Piso mula sa Puso para sa mga Guro” was also carried out during the monthlong celebration. Employees of the First Metro Group raised funds to buy gifts and tokens for the teachers of Margarita Roxas de Ayala Elementary School. A financial literacy seminar for teachers was also conducted in the same school.
First Metro also participated and contributed in the annual ANCOP Global Walk which aimed to initiate and create opportunities that will help the poorest of the poor in society in terms of educational scholarship programs. The event was organized by the Couples for Christ Global Mission Foundation, Inc. through its work with ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor).