BALANGA, Bataan – The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) officially inaugurated on October 28, 2020 the Bataan Capitol Branch-Lite as it continues to expand its branch network to provide banking services to the public despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
With the opening of the LANDBANK Bataan Capitol Branch-Lite, the state-run bank now operates 411 branches and extension offices strategically located across the country’s 81 provinces. This is complemented by 51 Lending Centers and 2,263 ATMs nationwide.
“LANDBANK remains aggressive in bringing banking services closer to unbanked and underserved areas in the country. During these challenging times, Filipinos need safer, faster and more convenient access to financial services. We are committed in fulfilling this, while ensuring the health and safety of our clients and personnel,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo.
The inauguration was led by Bataan Governor Albert S. Garcia and LANDBANK Central Luzon Branches Group Head First Vice President Sylvia C. Lim. They were joined by Bataan Vice-Governor Ma. Cristina M. Garcia, Balanga Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia, LANDBANK Balanga Branch Head Nenita C. Lopez, and LANDBANK Bataan Capitol Branch-Lite Head Mark Michael Y. Apaya.
The LANDBANK Bataan Capitol Branch-Lite will serve as an extension office of the Balanga Branch to help provide banking services to the entire province of Bataan, the 25 barangays of the City of Balanga, and various government agencies.
This first LANDBANK branch-lite in the province is also expected to service the 236 farmers from Balanga, as well as the 1,025 beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under its Listahan and Social Pension programs.
“With the City of Balanga’s steady progress through the years, it is but fitting that we at LANDBANK strengthen our presence here. Through this branch-lite, we hope to further contribute to the growth and development of Balanga and the entire Province of Bataan,” said LANDBANK FVP Lim.
“Natutuwa po ako na nandito na ang LANDBANK to support us. Thank you very much for your continued partnership, trust, and confidence for the City of Balanga, the Province of Bataan, and our people,” Bataan Governor Garcia said, noting that having a LANDBANK branch in the area helps promote stability and symbolizes a bright future.
The LANDBANK Bataan Capitol Branch-Lite will also play a significant part in the Province of Bataan’s vision of creating a “One-Stop-Shop” business center that houses national and local government offices, along with banks and other commercial establishments.
LANDBANK clients of the Bataan Capitol Branch-Lite will enjoy the convenience of the Digital Onboarding System (DOBS), a web application that makes the accomplishment of account enrolment forms easier and reduces account opening time to only 10 to15 minutes.
Opening an account through DOBS allows automatic enrollment to LANDBANK iAccess for internet banking, the LANDBANK Mobile App for convenient banking transactions through smartphones, and the LANDBANK Link.BizPortal for payment of bills, products and services to the enrolled merchants.
LANDBANK now operates a total of five branches in Bataan, with the Bataan Capitol Branch-Lite and Balanga Branch complementing operations in Mariveles, Dinalupihan and Limay. A total of 22 LANDBANK ATMs are also spread across the province to facilitate fast, safe and timely cash transfers and withdrawals for Bataaeños.