In an effort to support Security Bank’s agency personnel, whose families have been affected by the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Security Bank employees and clients raised funds to sustain the Regalo Mo, Kinabukasan Ko (RMKK): a Scholarship Program for Agency Personnel and their Children managed by the Security Bank Foundation, Security Bank’s corporate social responsibility arm.
Since 2010, the RMKK Scholarship Program has helped 337 scholars nationwide, with 120 of them currently enrolled this academic year 2020-2021. Of the existing scholars, two are agency personnel taking up college degrees while the rest are children of security guards, messengers, custodians, janitors, drivers and telephone operators.
As of September 30, Security Bank Foundation has already collected Php 1.7 million for the RMKK scholarship fund through direct donations and proceeds from various fundraising activities. Among these is the recently concluded virtual trivia nights, which ran for four Fridays of September and was participated by more than 200 Security Bankers and RMKK scholars.
“It was a fulfilling and memorable moment to socialize with Security Bank employees knowing that they have been supporting the scholarship program I am part of,” shared Giselle Canlas, a 2nd year college RMKK Scholar and daughter of a janitor/messenger in a Security Bank branch in Laguna.
Aside from raising funds through the activity registration fee, employees also appreciated how the activity gave them the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company after months of working remotely. “I joined the trivia nights for a cause to also have fun despite the pandemic we are currently facing. Through the activity, I was able to interact with other Security Bankers across the country”, said Maria Nonna Santiago from Security Bank Ortigas Banking Center.
Another initiative done by Security Bank to support the RMKK Scholarship Program is its recent Mid-Autumn festival donation initiative, which reallocated the Bank’s mooncake and gift funds to donations in their clients’ name. Clients were asked to select the CSR partner that they would like to support and RMKK got the highest percentage of client votes at 54%.
“Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng mga sumusuporta sa RMKK Scholarship Program ng Security Bank Foundation. Dahil sa inyong tulong, unti-unti ko nang naaabot ang aking mga pangarap sa buhay. Kayo po ay nagsisilbing inspirasyon at biyaya sa aming lahat lalo na ngayong panahon ng pandemya at patuloy pa din ang inyong pagtulong. Dahil sa inyo, ako ay mas lalong naging determinado sa aking pag-aaral nang sa gayun ay balang araw, ako ay makatulong din sa mga taong nangangailangan,” says Janet Grace Balcita, a 3rd year RMKK college scholar taking up Bachelor in Medical Science whose father is a messenger at a Security Bank branch in La Union.
Security Bank is one with the nation in striving to overcome this pandemic. For more ways to donate, visit https://www.securitybank.com/get-better-donate/
[Article submitted by Ric Llego, Security Bank Foundation, Inc.]