BDO Foundation and Don Bosco serve disadvantaged youth in Cebu

The construction of the tech-voc training facility for the Don Bosco TVET Center in Balamban, Cebu was funded by BDO Foundation and contributions from BDO employees.

In support of Don Bosco’s mission to educate, evangelize and capacitate economically disadvantaged Filipino youth, BDO Foundation constructed a training facility for the Don Bosco Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Center in Balamban, Cebu.

To mark the completion of the project, BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, BDO Foundation program director Rosemarie Espinosa and BDO Network Bank Balamban branch head Diosdado Rosales turned over the new building to administrators led by Salesians of Don Bosco provincial superior Fr. Fidel Maria Orendain SDB and Don Bosco TVET Center – Balamban training director Fr. Brian Butanas SDB.

The two-storey structure will serve as a facility where senior high school students can learn technical-vocational livelihood skills through classroom instruction and workshops. The donation, which includes tools and equipment for training, will enable administrators to accommodate more learners.

“The support of BDO Foundation is very valuable,” said Fr. Butanas. “The workshop and laboratories with tools and equipment will greatly augment our existing programs and provide our students more opportunities for employment.”

“We are grateful for your generosity and trust in the mission of Don Bosco for the youth. Rest assured this facility will benefit the poor and the abandoned,” he added.

BDO Foundation’s initiative contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal no. 8 to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. It also fulfills the foundation’s advocacy to support communities affected by disasters. Balamban was one of several towns affected by Super Typhoon Odette.

The building in Balamban is the third built by the foundation for Don Bosco. In 2019 and 2021 respectively, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank also constructed similar structures in Mati City, Davao Oriental and Dumangas, Iloilo.

About BDO Foundation

BDO Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank. Founded in 2008, the foundation aims to contribute to nation-building by addressing the needs of underserved sectors of society through its disaster response and financial inclusion advocacies. Supported by the BDO Unibank community and in partnership with local government units and non-governmental organizations, BDO Foundation mounts relief operations, rehabilitates rural health units, constructs school buildings, implements financial education programs and undertakes COVID-19 response programs across the country. Its corporate citizenship initiatives have been recognized at the Retail Banking Awards of Asian Banking & Finance magazine and Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards of Enterprise Asia. For more information, visit, e-mail or call 8840-7000 local 36046.

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