Atty. Darlene Marie B. Berberabe President and CEO Pag-IBIG Fund, Philippines

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Darlene B To go to Mongolia and receive the award for CEO of the Year last May was a proud moment for me. Thank you ADFIAP for this huge honor. Such recognition is particularly important for public servants, especially for us in Pag-IBIG Fund. We are a state-run institution but our programs and daily operations are funded by the monthly contributions of our members – the 13.4 million Filipino workers around the world.

As administrators of the workers’ savings, we are backed by the trust of our members. And this award is proof that we work hard to earn that trust.

I would like to share this award with my entire organization – from my indefatigable officers to our tireless and dedicated rank and file employees who put in hard work day in and day out to assure the smooth implementation of our projects, programs, and the delivery of services. I would also like to share this award with the members of our Board of Trustees, particularly to our Chairman, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, whose vision for Pag-IBIG and exemplary contribution to nation-building have served as our guide and inspiration.

We are lucky to have a Board that is composed of intelligent and hardworking men and women who are aligned with us in our goal to serve our members better. Even when difficult decisions have to be made, it is always the well-being of our members that guide us in formulating corporate and program policies. And as the agency head, it is my job to ensure that these policies are implemented properly.

When I attended the ADFIAP annual meeting in Mongolia and met with some of the foreign counterparts of Pag-IBIG, it felt like “home.” Joining them in a forum on housing finance proved to be a very valuable opportunity for me to network with people who are in same field or work. This is the forum where we share not theories, but real experiences, lessons, and living samples.

The experiences shared by Mr. Raj Vikash Verma of India and Ms. Rula Levi of Samoa gave us valuable insight on the home financing situation in those countries and have broadened and immeasurably enriched my view on the subject. The same holds true for the other presentors: Edward John Reyes of Landbank of the Philippines, Mr. Encik Wan Mohd Fadzmi Wan Othma of Agrobank, Malaysia and Mr. Thomson Pakoa, of the Vanuatu Agriculture Development Bank. Their deep understanding of and valued expertise on the financial aspect of housing is an important personal resource for my continuing education on the matter.

Thank you very much again for this honor. Rest assured that we will remain committed to the mission of advancing sustainable development in our part of the world.

As the largest single source of housing finance and biggest supplier of emergency funds in the Philippines, Pag-IBIG Fund is always on the lookout for new ways to improve the benefits of membership with the Fund and bring service closer to our members. We know that providing the best loan terms possible is not enough. We want to help members in all aspects of their lives. Soon, we will launch a privilege card to aid members in paying for their health, the education of their children, and everyday necessities.

I am proud to be a member of ADFIAP. I am proud to be a Filipino. I am proud to be an advocate of workers from our country.

Thank you.

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