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BSP Conducts Learning Outreach Activities in Siquijor, Siquijor


The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will conduct the fifth leg of its Economic and Financial Learning Program (EFLP) for 2017 in Siquijor, Siquijor on 11 – 14 September 2017. The EFLP consolidates the learning outreach activities of the BSP under one flagship program.  It includes a series of learning sessions that aim to promote greater public awareness and understanding of key economic and financial issues. The EFLP also embodies the goal of the BSP to promote economic and financial education among its stakeholders, who can then become more effective partners of the BSP in safeguarding price stability and in ensuring a stronger and safer banking and payments system.

The following programs will be conducted:

  • Project BRO (BSP Reaches Out), A Savings Campaign for Kids and Teens,  11 September 2017, Monday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for Grades 1 to 3 and Grades 4 to 6, respectively, Siquijor Central Elementary School, Pulungyuta, Siquijor, and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for Grades 7 to 10, Lazi National Agricultural School, Tigbawan, Lazi, Siquijor;  and 12 September 2017, Tuesday,  8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for Grades 1 to 3 and Grades 4 to 6, respectively, Lazi Central Elementary School, Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor, and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for Grades 7 to 10, Candaping National High School, Candaping B. Maria, Siquijor;
  • “Paghahanda sa Kinabukasan,” Financial Learning Campaign for Overseas Filipinos and their Beneficiaries, 12 September 2017, Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., 3rd Floor, NPC Building, Poblacion, Siquijor;
  • “Know Your Money” Briefing (module for cash handlers), 12 September 2017, Tuesday,   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Bellview Kuzzina Bar and E. I. Suites, Poblacion, Siquijor;
  • “Be up to SPeed on BSP,” Information Campaign on the Role of the BSP in the Economy, 13 September 2017, Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (module for the workforce), and 14 September 2017, Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (module for students), Gymnasium, Siquijor State College (SSC), Old Capitol Circle, North Poblacion, Larena, Siquijor;
  • Financial Education Expo, 13 September 2017, Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (module for the workforce), and 14 September 2017, Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (module for students), Gymnasium, SSC.

“Project BRO (BSP Reaches Out)” is a savings campaign for kids and teens from Grade 1 to Grade 10 across the country, both from public and private schools.  This learning session forms part of the BSP’s efforts to foster the habit of saving early in the lives of Filipinos.  It will feature interactive lectures and discussions about the value of spending wisely, saving early, and saving in banks. After the session, the BSP will track the students’ saving habits by closely coordinating with teachers and school officials for the purpose of encouraging the youngsters to open and grow savings accounts in banks.  This learning activity is in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Bank Marketing Association of the Philippines (BMAP).

The “Paghahanda sa Kinabukasan” Financial Learning Campaign for Overseas Filipinos and their Beneficiaries (FLC-OF), conducted in coordination with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), aims to educate participants on the importance of using remittances to build up savings and directing these into investments in financial products and business ventures. Through this learning advocacy, the BSP hopes to help overseas Filipinos and their beneficiaries achieve financial security, bring them into the fold of the formal financial system, and enable them to participate more meaningfully in the country’s economic development.  Officials from the BSP, as well as from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), will give briefings on topics such as financial planning, investment, and business opportunities.

The “Know Your Money” Briefing aims to educate cash handlers from banks, transport groups, cooperatives, supermarkets and retail stores on the proper identification and handling of unfit, mutilated, and counterfeit banknotes and coins. Topics to be covered include: 1) security features of the New Generation Currency (NGC) banknotes; 2) relevant provisions of the BSP Clean Note and Coin Policy; and 3) Coin Recirculation Program. The BSP recognizes the vital role of cash handlers in the preservation of the integrity of Philippine banknotes and coins.

The “Be up to SPeed on BSP” information campaign will cover recent economic developments and the role of the BSP in the economy, with emphasis on the three pillars of central banking, i.e., price stability, financial stability, and efficient payments and settlements system.  Two sessions will be conducted: one for the workforce (including representatives from government agencies, business sector, and banking community), and another for students and members of the academe.

Meanwhile, the Financial Education Expo offers various financial education activities for students, professionals, and others from the public and private sectors. It features learning booths with audio-visual presentations, graphic displays, and interactive activities that will help participants become self-reliant in promoting their financial welfare. The six (6) interactive sessions/learning booths will cover topics on Financial Consumer Protection, Personal Finance, Money Management for students and members of the academe, Financial Products for the working group, Banks and Basic Bank Products for students and members of the academe, Financial Regulators, and Primer Hub.  Deposit Insurance and Insurance Products will be covered by representatives of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) and the Insurance Commission (IC). In addition, Frauds and Scams will be discussed by representatives of the BSP and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  The Primer Hub will provide participants with advisories and primers to supplement the lectures and reinforce their learning experiences.

Interested parties may contact Ms. Catherine M. Platon at telephone number (+632)708.7275 or email address cplaton@bsp.gov.ph.

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