Citi Philippines celebrates Global Community Day with World Vision
Citi Philippines, the country’s largest foreign bank in terms of asset base, once again hosted its annual tradition of giving back to the community, to commemorate Citi’s Global Community Day (GCD).
Every year, Citi employees across the globe volunteer their time and skills to address the needs of various communities. This year, which marks the 18th year since this tradition began, more than 3,000 Citi Philippines employees, as well as their friends and family, took part in GCD.
Citi Philippines once again partnered with World Vision Philippines to mentor participants of Project HOPE in Cebu. Funded by Citi Foundation, Project HOPE (Helping Out-Of-School-Youths Pave Towards Employment and Engaging in Business), aims to support out-of-school and vulnerable youth by providing entrepreneurial and employable skills training. The mentoring sessions were concluded over three Saturdays in June and was attended by more than 80 Out-of-School youths. Citi mentors discussed their own inspiring career journeys and shared tips on how to write a good resume and ace job interviews, among other topics. Citi Philippines CEO Paul Favila who volunteered as a mentor said, “We are thankful to our community partners for giving us a platform to help prepare Out-of-School Filipino youths looking to join the competitive job market. Global Community Day is an annual tradition that we love and are committed to, as it provides an avenue for us to give back to the communities we operate in.”
Citi volunteers also joined a clean-up drive in the community park of Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City. Barangay Bagong Silangan with a population of more than 100,000, is one of the project sites of PHINLA, a solid waste management project implemented by World Vision in partnership with EcoWaste Coalition and the German Cooperation. Aside from the clean-up, volunteers also donated brooms, dust pans, and industrial gloves.
Citi and World Vision culminated its GCD initiatives with the Adopt-a-School program at the Baseco Compound. Volunteers cleaned the school grounds and repainted the stage of the Senator Benigno Aquino Elementary School, in preparation for the students’ upcoming graduation ceremony. The clean-up activity benefited over 5,000 public school students.