Metrobank building center Palo, Leyte

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Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. (Metrobank) announced the construction of the Metrobank Center in Palo, Leyte, an initiative to revive local businesses and aid in the economic recovery of the municipality.

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“This two-story commercial complex will include the 8th Metrobank branch in Leyte province, adding to the current roster of branches located in the cities of Baybay, Ormoc, Tacloban and the municipality of Palompon,” the bank said in a statement on Tuesday.

Being one of the affected areas of Super Typhoon Yolanda in November, the Metrobank Group, through Metrobank Foundation and GT-Metro Foundation, organized various relief efforts in the hard-hit areas in Leyte, including Palo.

“About 9,000 families in the province benefited from this program. For Palo in particular, following the relief efforts, local fishermen will also receive fishing boats to rebuild their livelihoods,” it said.

To kick off the rehabilitation program of the Metrobank Group in the area of Palo, a P5-million donation was turned over to the Archdiocese of Palo for the restoration of the Transfiguration of our Lord Metropolitan Cathedral that was damaged during the typhoon.

Still under the rehabilitation program, Metrobank through Metrobank Foundation and GT-Metro Foundation will also build classrooms and rural health centers for the people of Palo, the bank said.

Meanwhile, the universal bank also announced that it was chosen as partner of Japan’s LINE Corp. for its Tacloban relief donation.

Through its Tokyo branch, Metrobank was selected by popular Japanese mobile chat company, LINE Corp., to be the conduit of its more than JPY59 million ($550,000) donation to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) for its disaster relief operations in the areas affected by Yolanda.

“Immediately in the aftermath of the typhoon, LINE Corp. launched a donation drive via sale of its online characters for ¥100 per use. Proceeds of sale will go to PNRC’s Tacloban relief operations. Two months after its launch, over 500,000 LINE character products were purchased,” it said.

LINE is Japan’s biggest chat application which caters to 300 million users covering 230 countries. Established in 2000, LINE Corp. is the developer and operator of the popular smart phone chat application that allows users free national and international calls and messages.

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