As a tribute to the OFWs contribution to the countries economy, President Rodrigo Duterte approves the establishment of the OFW Bank. Another fulfillment of President Duterte’s promise to OFWs during his campaign.
“This particular move is an undertaking to show appreciation for the OFWs as our modern-day heroes,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a Palace press briefing.
“During the Cabinet meeting in Malacañang last night, the President approved the proposal of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III for the acquisition of the Postal Bank which will be renamed as the Workers’ Bank,” Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol stated on his facebook post last Dec. 6.
“The Postal Bank will be initially acquired by the Land Bank of the Philippines and will be renamed the Workers’ Bank,” he added.
The Workers’ Bank will be a subsidiary of the LBP until such time OFWs and other Filipino workers have bought shares to be part owners of the bank
“I’m almost sure that it would require BSP approval, although the requirements are much less stringent than having a stand alone bank,” Diokno said.BSP Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. said an application has not been filed, but assured the central bank is “ready to work with Landbank on their plans.”
According to central bank data, Landbank is country’s fourth biggest lender with assets amounting to P1.288 trillion as of June this year.
Postal Bank, meanwhile, was ranked 14th biggest thrift lender with assets reaching P12.117 billion during the same period.