Giving is part of FCB's culture. Like many corporations, FCB practices corporate social responsibility where a corporation sets aside part of its earnings to assist social development programs in the community. In support of this corporate philosophy, FCB employees also share their time, resources, and expertise with the community in their free time.
FCB's CSR program is primarily focused in the fields of health, education, livelihood and environment. The bank has implemented various projects, single-handedly as well as in partnership with local government units and non-government organizations, geared towards giving back to the communities in its service areas.
FCB's commitment to the community is also manifested through its direct contributions to non-stock, non-profit, non-government organizations such as the Philippine Business for Social Progress, the Bohol Medical Care Institute, FCB Foundation, the Alfonso L. Uy Scholarship Foundation, and the Philippine Tarsier Foundation, among others. Through these organizations, financial and technical assistance has been extended to thousands of poor and underprivileged people, and efforts have also been made to conserve and manage the environment.
In addition, the bank is involved in many other community projects such as promotion of local tourism, awards and recognitions like The Outstanding Boholano Awards (TOBAW), and emergency and relief operations.
FCB's CSR program puts emphasis on healthcare since it believes that healthy people are productive people.
The bank believes that education is the greatest equalizer in life. In the field of education, the bank grants college and high school scholarships, and donates funds for the construction of school buildings, computers, and reference materials.
Through the FCB Foundation and other non-profit organizations like the Philippine Business for Social Progress, of which the bank is a member, FCB has continued to assist and made some impact on marginal farmers and fishermen, women, market vendors, and micro-entrepreneurs, particularly individuals and groups who are not bankable. The FCB Foundation has worked with communities to address urgent concerns, in partnership with local government and other social development organizations. The Area Resource Management (ARM) programs of PBSP have improved agricultural productivity and income of upland rice farmers. These and other organizations have provided skills training, technology transfer, farming facilities, and financial assistance, among others. The micro-financing program of FCB Foundation is providing start-up capital or additional capital to thousands of entrepreneurs who could not avail of loans from formal financing institutions for lack of collateral.
FCB believes that caring for the environment is crucial for the betterment of our future. Our active contribution to the care and protection of the environment is primarily through our involvement in the Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Inc. (PTFI). PTFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization whose program goal is to protect the Philippine Tarsier and its habitat from extinction through increased environmental awareness, research programs and establishment of protected areas for wildlife in the Province of Bohol.
The idea of honoring outstanding Boholanos worldwide began with Dr. Nick Lopez, then President of the Confederation of Boholano Associations in the United States and Canada (CONBUSAC). Supportive of the inspiration and growth of Boholanos, FCB conceived of The Outstanding Boholanos Around the World (TOBAW) Awards as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to give honor and distinction to outstanding Boholanos around the world. Thus, in 1998, CONBUSAC through Tigum Bol-anon sa Tibuok Kalibutan (TBTK) and FCB, in cooperation with the Diocese of Tagbilaran, Province of Bohol, the Bohol Chronicle and Station DYRD and the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, began TOBAW.
The TOBAW Awards are presented every three years as part of the TBTK events. Qualified Boholanos, here and abroad, who have shown professional excellence in their chosen fields of endeavors and whose community and humanitarian involvement have significantly contributed to the well-being of the Boholano community and the nation.
These Boholanos are the sources of inspiration for their fellow Boholanos and other people as well. Many of them, especially those who have risen from lowly circumstances to the top, by dint of hard work, determination and integrity, can serve as role models. Notwithstanding their achievements, not many people know them. In evaluating candidates for TOBAW, any Boholano-blooded or even a Boholano by heart, who meets the minimum standard of the selection criteria, is qualified for the search. As of the moment, the search is limited to 10 categories:
TOBAW Awardees Over the Years