IT IS always good to give back.

Counting all the blessings that poured in the company last year and the previous years, Metrobank Group and GT Capital Holdings, Inc., through the GT-Metro Foundation and Metrobank Foundation, Inc. staged anew its annual nationwide gift-giving project, the Bag of Blessings (BOB) project last Saturday, January 28 at Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Davao Office.

Metrobank, the proponent of the activity, aimed to provide a platform for the company to give back to the community as part of their corporate social responsibility and ushering the Chinese New Year through upholding the spirit of giving.

This is also part of their annual nationwide gift-giving project, which started in 2011 and targets to help 10,000 identified marginalized families nationwide each year through distributing P10 million worth of food packages.

A total of 1,000 indigent families from Davao City benefited from the BOB project wherein each family received P1, 000 worth of goods including rice, canned goods, milk, coffee, sugar, noodles and a snack pack for children.

"The bag of blessing is a Chinese New Year gift to the citizens from the GT foundation through Metrobank," Rey Urbiztondo, Metrobank first Vice President Region Head-Mindanao, said.

The DSWD-Davao chief of Policy and Plans Division Estrella Brigole said that they have pre-identified the beneficiaries of the program coming from the underprivileged families in barangays Agdao and Panacan listed in the DSWD's Listahanan but are not beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The event was also held in partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police who rendered manpower assistance for the success of the event.