BDO Foundation receives recognition for empowering Filipino fishers

Touted as one of the most outstanding in Asia, a corporate citizenship initiative of BDO Foundation aimed at securing the financial well-being of Filipino fishers clinched four prestigious accolades.

The financial education program for fisherfolk—the foundation’s partnership project with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)—earned international acclaim from Asian Banking & Finance (ABF), Asiamoney, and Enterprise Asia. In the Philippines, the program was also awarded by the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF).

For its contributions to the development and ongoing implementation of a financial education program for Filipino fishers, BDO Foundation received recognition from Asiamoney, Enterprise Asia, League of Corporate Foundations, and Retail Banking & Finance.

The awards were officially conferred at the ABF Retail Banking Awards, Asiamoney Banking Awards, Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards and LCF CSR Guild Awards, events witnessed in person and online by hundreds of audiences across the continent. They acknowledged BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, for developing and implementing the financial education program for fisherfolk in the Philippines.

The award-winning initiative aims to help improve the financial literacy, productivity and income-generating capability of 1.9 million fishers all over the country.

Supportive of Sustainable Development Goals in the area of financial inclusion, the ongoing partnership project contributes to the achievement of the BSP’s National Strategy for Financial Inclusion and the Department of Agriculture’s goal to attain a food-secure and resilient Philippines with empowered and prosperous farmers and fisherfolk.

“The recognition we received is a testament to the concerted efforts of the BSP, BFAR and BDO Foundation to help fishers and their families improve their financial literacy, break the cycle of poverty and learn ways to sustain their source of livelihood,” BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito said. “Moving forward, we will continue to support the nationwide deployment of the financial education program, mindful of our commitment to sustainable development and nation-building.”

The aforementioned awards also cited the foundation for its contributions to the creation of Fish N’ LEarn, a gamified teaching tool designed to make financial literacy lessons engaging for the target audience. Co-developed by the partners, the training intervention shares lessons on the conservation of marine resources, saving, budgeting and financial planning, entrepreneurship, insurance, and debt management.

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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