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16th Floor, BPI Buendia Center, Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City, Philippines




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Established in 1851, the Bank of the Philippine Islands is the first public bank in South East Asia. It holds a special place in Philippine history, having been granted authority to print its first currency (the Philippine Peso) in 1852. BPI has since played a prominent role in financing the development of the Philippines by bankrolling the country’s first railroad, telephone network, and electric utilities.

Fast forward to today, as it celebrates its 170th founding year in 2021, BPI keeps in its heart its vision of Building a Better Philippines with its trailblazing initiatives in microfinance and digital banking. It is dominant in 1,179 domestic locations, making it the Philippines’ second largest branch network.

Building Careers

BPI nurtures careers and it begins with employee selection. BPI uses a values- and competency-based approach to choose the best person for the job.

BPI’s flagship development program is its Officership Training Program, which boasts of over 2,000 officer-graduates since its establishment in the 1980s. Its blended learning methodology that combines classroom sessions, on-the-job training, and mentoring prepare them for leadership positions.

BPI offers Technical Competency Programs customized for each role. Functional curricula are offered based on job functions, such as Sales, Credit, and Branch Operations.

BPI has its own Leadership Curriculum that integrates all developmental strategies designed to cultivate leadership and managerial skills. Hinged on BPI’s 7 Leadership Competencies, programs are suited to one’s placement within the leadership continuum.

BPI, with the Ayala Group, engaged Harvard Business Publishing to offer the LEAP Executive Program, a 17-week course on strategic management, transformational leadership.

To provide key executives with real world learnings and foster financial inclusion at the grassroots level, BPI established SoIL (Social Immersion Laboratory). VPs spend 3 weeks in underserved communities, helping farmers and hog-raisers become more financially literate.

The pandemic did not pause learning at BPI with its extensive e-learning platforms such as Coursera, Harvard ManageMentor, and Percipio as well as informal learning sessions and tools through:
  • LEDTalks, where top executives share their career stories and leadership advice;
  • Leadership Circles, interactive brown bag sessions on given values or competencies;
  • Learn Over Lunch, a learning TV show where employees showcase their expertise over a range of topics;
  • Leader’s Toolkit, a bite-sized, just-in-time toolkit for people managers.

Protecting Its Workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic posed many challenges for BPI with its 19,000-strong workforce dispersed across the country. BPI’s then-President Cezar Consing led the call to all employees to “Stand by your posts.” Throughout the duration of the pandemic, our branches and offices were continuously staffed. True to its value of Concern for People, BPI instituted the following measures under its #SaferandStronger campaign to help its employees cope with the pandemic:
      Provided the highest meal and transport allowance in the industry
      Distributed personal protective equipment and safety supplies
      Engaged more than 50 employee shuttles plying 42 routes nationwide
      Conducted regular antigen and RT-PCR testing
      Expeditiously released mobility tools. Allowed reimbursements of other work-from-home equipment.
      Formed a 24/7 dedicated COVID Care Team that looked after COVID-19+ patients.
      Provided medical insurance of up to twice the current benefit limit for employees and their dependents
      Released a return-to-work playbook to guide employees onsite
      Made free vaccines available for all employees, and at cost for all dependents.

With the constraints of remote working, BPI ensured that employees sustain a feeling of belongingness within its corps. In March 2020, BPI set up the #BePartofIt Facebook page, where bankwide announcements and employee interest information were posted, and live streams featuring top management were hosted. BPI launched BeWell On Air Program, an online “TV” show dedicated to wellness and wellbeing of the employees.

Innovating the Employee Experience

BPI continuously strives to provide superior employee experience to its workforce. BPI offers MyFlexBen, allowing employees to choose the benefits that they value the most. Employees also enjoy a Defined Contribution retirement program, giving the employees the flexibility to manage their retirement funds. BPI was the first Philippine bank to offer these programs.

When BPI embarked on its digitalization journey, HR also embarked on its own digital initiatives to help BPI become a workplace of the future. In 2019, HR launched the MyeHR mobile app – which allowed them to do transactions such as leave filings and approvals, payslip viewings and e-letter posting – just in time to benefit the employees in lock-down or work-from-home mode, another first among all Philippine banks.

Every year, BPI employees look forward to numerous recognition programs to reward the cream of the crop. The BPI Excellence Awards salutes its Unibankers of the Year and Best Innovation Projects.
Employee engagement is an area of priority for the Bank. Every other year, BPI launches the Engage Survey in partnership with Willis Towers Watson, with the objectives of understanding its workforce’s engagement levels, and implementing initiatives to make us a better place to work in. The most recent was conducted in May 2021 with a 99.8% participation rate and the BPI Engage Survey posted a score of 90% -- a 10% jump from the 2019 conduct, besting Philippine Norm and Global High Performing Companies Norm.

BPI knows that the heart of its organization is its workforce. It is seen in the care and attention that it places on its employee programs, and the high level of management support for them – Because People are Important.