Wells Fargo Enterprise Global Services, LLC – Philippines offers Hands on Banking® Philippines, a comprehensive financial education literacy program that teaches the basics of banking. The program is just one of several ways that Wells Fargo connects with the community as part of the company’s vision to help people succeed financially through financial education.
Wells Fargo Community Affairs Manager Nicole Tirona says, “Financial literacy is a core competency of many of our team members who share their knowledge with others by volunteering in local communities to provide education on financial management and success. Helping others take control of their finances so they can build a brighter financial future is a constant inspiration.”
The curriculum, geared initially towards interested teaching and non-teaching personnel of Wells Fargo partner schools, covers three major topics: Basics of Banking Services, Money Management Tools and Tips, and Protecting Yourself Financially. Course participants also have the option of applying their course learnings in both individual and group settings. Perhaps more importantly, teachers and non-teachers alike can benefit from interactive and engaging real-life scenarios that highlight the values of saving, thrift, and home budgeting.
“I never thought that joining Hands on Banking® would be an eye-opener, as well as a delightful and humbling experience,” said Angelita Olis, a Wells Fargo loan phone banker and volunteer facilitator. “It dawned on me during our course runs that we truly need financial education and it is great that we now have our very own program in the country. The courses were customized to suit the Philippine setting, which makes it easy to understand. We could make good use of this volunteer opportunity, for it is something worth sharing to our family and friends.”
Local Wells Fargo team members rolled out the program at Kapitan Jose Cardones Elementary School in Taguig City, making it the first location outside of the U.S. to launch the financial education program. A year later, it was implemented at Gat Andres Bonifacio Elementary and High Schools. Each offering of Hands on Banking® Philippines was spread out over three consecutive Saturdays, with volunteers from Wells Fargo teaching classes of about 15 to 20 participants.