BPI Foundation enhanced its financial education programs in schools, namely Manny and Me and BPI Senior High School Acceleration Program (BPI SHAPE), by employing a wholesale approach. Public schools who participated in BPI SHAPE were provided with teacher training and modules tailored fit for its grade school student counterparts through the Manny and Me Program. Since 2016, both programs provide modules that help teachers effectively teach financial education, basic entrepreneurship and personality development. Both Manny and Me and BPI SHAPE are now Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited programs, making the renewal of license for beneficiary teachers easier.
Also in 2018, the programs have started to digitize its modules to better aid its partner teachers and students. The modules are readily available through DepEd’s learning portal. Through these changes and an enhanced engagement with DepEd, the programs were able to increase its reach to other provinces across the country. From a total of 843 teachers and 37,828 students in 5 divisions in 2017, the two programs have reached a total of 1,416 teachers and 141,600 students in over 12 divisions in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in 2018. Specifically, the two programs were able to reach 23 teachers in Makati and Pasay, 159 teachers in Taguig, 160 teachers in Ilocos Norte, 193 teachers in Cavite, 87 teachers in Laguna, 151 teachers in Quezon, 244 teachers in two divisions of Capiz, 183 teachers in Cebu, and 216 teachers in two divisions in Misamis Oriental.
 Data on number of students is based on DepEd estimate ratio of 100 students for every teacher.
Furthermore, FinEd-in-a-Box is a customized financial literacy module rolled out to partners who work with the unbanked sectors, such as teachers, police and military personnel, and low-income earners. The program was initiated in 2016 with the objective of strengthening the capacity of these sectors to utilize financial tools in improving their productivity and the long-term quality of their lives. In 2018, the program was strengthened by actively seeking out partnerships with DepEd, BSP, Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army, and other private organizations such as Ayala Corporation, Ayala Foundation, Kidzania, Citihub and Philam Foundation. This resulted in an increase in beneficiary reach, specifically, by 1,670.64% from 862 participants in 2017, to 15,263 participants across varied communities in 2018.
Moreover, BPI Foundation has employed an integrated approach in BPI Sulong . The program selects unbanked OFs in Hong Kong with families located in Iloilo and the Calabarzon area, the country’s “OF Hubs”. In 2018, through partnerships with ATIKHA and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the program was enhanced with integrated mirrored trainings between partner migrant workers in Hong Kong and their families in the Philippines.
The training program was deepened into a 6-level intervention, which starts with a pre-migration orientation wherein OFs and their families are made aware of migration realities and the importance of reintegration. The following levels expand to family and income management, reintegration planning and counselling, investment caravan, skills training and entrepreneurship development.
Since the program’s inception in 2016, it has reached over 2,667 OFs to date. A total of 1,100 OFs in Hong Kong and 320 of their family members in the Philippines were engaged in 2018.