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BSP conducts Learning Outreach Activities


BUTUAN CITY, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will conduct the fifth leg of its Economic and Financial Learning Program (BSP-EFLP) for 2014 in Butuan City on 18-20 November 2014. The BSP-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 at Almont Inland Resort, J.C. Aquino Avenue, Butuan City:

“Be up to SPeed on BSP,” Information Campaign on the Role of the BSP in the Economy, 18 November 2014, Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (module for professionals), and 19 November 2014, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (module for students);

Financial Education Expo for the Working Sector, 19 November 2014, Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.;

“Paghahanda sa Kinabukasan,” Financial Learning Campaign for Overseas Filipinos and their Beneficiaries, 20 November 2014, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and

Financial Education Expo for Students and Members of the Academe, 20 November 2014, Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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 professionals (including representatives from government agencies, business sector, and banking community), and another for students and members of the academe.

The “Paghahanda sa Kinabukasan” Financial Learning Campaign for Overseas Filipinos and their Beneficiaries (FLC-OF), which is organized 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) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) will give briefings on topics such as the importance of remittances, financial planning, investment/business options and agri-business opportunities.

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. Two separate sessions of the Financial Empowerment Course, which is an integral part of the Expo, will also be conducted for students and members of the work force. The learning sessions will present the importance of financial education, the Philippine financial system, basics of budgeting, saving, investing and borrowing, financial planning for life-cycle events, and credit card awareness.

Interested parties may contact Ms. Lizette O. Antonio at telephone number: (+632)306.2707, or email address:

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.