The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) officially inaugurated two (2) new branches on the same day last November 27, 2020—one in the Municipality of Barili in the Province of Cebu, and another in the City of Lamitan in the Province of Basilan.
The state-run Bank now has a total of 414 branches and extension offices across all 81 provinces nationwide, further extending its reach to serve more unbanked and underserved areas.
“We hope that LANDBANK’s continuous expansion in Barili and Lamitan City will provide additional touchpoints for our priority clients, especially our farmers and fishers, while helping draw more investors, create businesses, and generate more local employment. Rest assured of our strong commitment to collaborate and support development programs that will accelerate economic activities and rehabilitation efforts in these localities,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo.
LANDBANK is the first and only universal Bank in the 2nd class municipality of Barili serving a total of 42 barangays, including the neighboring municipalities of Dumanjug and Aloguinsan. This is LANDBANK’s 20th branch in the Province of Cebu, complemented by 99 ATMs.
The Barili Branch is also expected to serve over 13,200 farmers and fishers in the area, as well as more than 12,400 beneficiaries under the Conditional and Unconditional Cash Transfer (CCT/UCT) Programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Barili Mayor Julieto N. Flores and LANDBANK East Visayas Branches Group Senior Vice President Khurshid U. Kalabud led the Barili Branch inauguration rites. They were joined by Barili Vice Mayor Lusito L. Ponsica, Chief of Police PCPT Romeo Caacoy, Jr., and Barili Municipal Councilors Ranuldo Bolo and Ana Maria Ewican.
“Thank you very much LANDBANK that of all the Municipalities, you opened a nice branch here in Barili with a state-of-the-art building. We assure you that our 42 Barangays will open an account with LANDBANK. I am also happy that you practice localization, hiring personnel coming from the Municipality of Barili,” said Mayor Flores.
Meanwhile, the LANDBANK Lamitan Branch will facilitate efficient, safe, and secure banking transactions for Lamiteños, that will also service the banking needs of the municipalities of Tuburan, Akbar, Al-Barka, Tipo-tipo, Sumisip, Ungkaya Pukan, Tabuan Lasa, and Hadji Mohammad Ajul.
The inauguration of the Lamitan Branch was led by Basilan Governor Jim H. Salliman, Lamitan Mayor Rosita U. Furigay, Lamitan Vice Mayor Roderick H. Furigay, and LANDBANK West Mindanao Branches Group Vice President Lina K. Pacio. They were joined by LANDBANK officials, namely Zamboanga City Lending Center Head Vinicius S. Hamoy, Basilan Branch Head Christopher T. Ceniza, and Lamitan Branch Head Analyn S. Ramirez.
“Being affected by the pandemic, it is very reassuring to know that we have a partner who can truly help us. So, for this branch, we hope for significant growth and development that will further our already brightened economy. On behalf of the City Government of Lamitan, I would like to thank LANDBANK for all the support and we hope to have a long and fulfilling partnership ahead,” said Mayor Furigay.
The Lamitan Branch will complement the operations of Basilan Branch in Isabela City, alongside eight (8) ATMs spread across the province.
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