City Savings Bank (CitySavings), the thrift bank subsidiary of the Aboitiz-led Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank), once again signified its commitment to the Department of Education (DepEd) as one of its partners during the DepEd Partnership Assistance Portal (DPAP) launch last March 23. CitySavings was the only thrift bank invited to support this innovative project that aims to elevate the government department’s partnership management processes
The Metro Pacific Investments Group led the portal development and project management, backed by CitySavings and other sponsors from the private sector.
TEST RUN. In photo (from left): DepEd Assistant Secretary Atty. Christopher Lawrence Arnuco, Undersecretary Jose Arturo De Castro, Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III, and representatives from the private sector are the first to try out the DepEd Partnership Assistance Portal (DPAP) during the turnover ceremony, held at the DepEd Central Office in Pasig City.
The online platform will easily connect potential partners who can help provide DepEd schools with the support they need. Its main features include E-appointments where partners can schedule in-person or virtual meetings with DepEd officials and representatives, and a Menu of Investments so that DepEd schools can show their investment needs and partners can select DepEd beneficiaries and their intended contributions. The platform also has a Partnership Map to display locations of DepEd investment needs and the status of projects, Partnership Report Generation to help save partners’ time in creating project reports, and a Directory that provides contact information of partnership focal persons.
“We aim to reach more potential partners for collaboration to promote transparency and openness in terms of data so that we can work together for the welfare of the Filipino people,” said DepEd Director of Information and Communications Technology Services Ferdinand Pitagan.
DepEd External Partnership Services Director Margarita Ballesteros added, “We hope to strengthen the engagements with you [our partners] through the DepEd Partnership Assistance Portal and be of service to you as we address the needs of our teachers and our learners together. Because in External Partnership [Service], we believe that if we work together, we can make a difference”.
The Bank congratulates DepEd on the launch of DPAP which will open more opportunities for partners to assist and collaborate with the government.
CitySavings fully supports this innovative initiative and will continue to provide relevant education-focused corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects in line with DepEd’s Matatag agenda to resolve basic education challenges.