When Sun Life established its roots in the Philippines, they made a commitment to help Filipinos achieve a sustainable future through the Sun Life Foundation. This is especially true now that Filipinos are riding out the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have seen Filipinos rise above trials many times over, and we are confident that together, we will prevail,” Sun Life Philippines chief executive officer and country head Benedict Sison said.
He added that through Sun Life Foundation, they were able to partner with many other organizations and touch more lives.
Since the pandemic started, Sun Life Foundation has participated in various efforts addressing the most pressing needs of Filipinos. They have purchased medical supplies for hospitals and provided protective equipment to frontline teams. They have donated to Project Ugnayan to provide food vouchers to vulnerable families. And they have also provided free life insurance to 3,000 health care workers. In addition, their global headquarters in Canada has donated funds to support impacted communities around the world.
“With more and more Filipinos experiencing the unprecedented effects of the pandemic, we at Sun Life felt compelled to do even more to help our kababayans rise above the challenges we are facing, “Mr. Alex Narciso, president of Sun Life Foundation said during the virtual launch of the Rise Brighter PH program.
The program comprises of two projects which are the Sun Pera-Aralan 2020, a financial management program for public school teachers and the Sun Life barangay health stations.
Narciso further explained that the Sun Pera-Aralan is a behavior-based financial management program which aims to address financial insecurity and indebtedness among public school teachers. “Nakakalungkot sabihin na karamihan sa kanila ay lunod sa utang, pero ito ang katotohanan. Sa katunayan, dalawa o tatlong linggo pa lang matapos nilang makuha ang kanilang isang-buwang sweldo ay ubos na ito. Kaya naman kinakailangan pa nilang mag-hanap ng sideline para lang mapunan ang kanilang mga pangangailangan,” he said.
The Sun Life Barangay Health Stations, on the other hand, will focus on providing sustainable health care to the poorer sectors of society. “The Sun Life Barangay Health Stations aim to benefit a total of 125,000 lives within the next five years. But we also envision it to be a sustainable initiative that may benefit not just the present but also future generations, Narciso added.
Through these initiatives, Sun Life PH reaffirms their commitment to their purpose which is to help Filipinos achieve financial security and live healthier lives.