The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP), and the Bankers Institute of the Philippines (BAIPhil) recently conducted a financial education briefing in Laoag, Ilocos Norte. Hosted by Governor Imee Marcos of Ilocos Norte, the briefing focused on personal finance management, investment in financial instruments, and microfinance. It was attended by more than 200 participants composed of students, beneficiaries of OFWs, and barangay officials. The team was led by BAP Education Committee Chairman, former Central Bank Governor and former Secretary of the Department of Education Dr. Jaime Laya (left photo) with (right photo, 1st row from left) BSP Managing Director Augusto Lopez-Dee, Ilocos Norte Provincial Adviser Mariano Marcos II, BSP Director Fe de la Cruz, BAIPhil VP Marilen Ruiz, BSP Officer Rochelle Tomas, BAIPhil member Gina de Guzman and BDO Senior VP Ma. Lourdes De Vera. Dr. Laya (top row, 2nd from left) was also joined by (top row, from left) Provincial Governor’s Information Officer Eric Pascua, Former BAIPhil Presidents Francis Puzon and Salvador Serrano, and Paolo Sebastian Carlos of BDO. Financial Education is a key element in BSP's program to develop an inclusive financial system that supports inclusive growth.