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Maybank Foundation, through Maybank Philippines, Inc., recently awarded Rio Paralympics 2016 bronze medalist for table tennis Josephine Medina a Php200,000 savings account in recognition of her efforts to bring honor to the Philippines and inspire Filipinos. The simple ceremony was held at the Maybank Synergy Center at the Maybank Corporate Centre on October 4, 2016.
Medina, who has been winning medals since 1987, has played in international competitions in Argentina, Australia, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, India, France, the Philippines, London and the United States, among others. Her having a disability is not a hindrance, instead it's a great challenge in life. "In spite of my physical condition, my father trained me in playing table tennis. This became my passport in order to pursue my college studies at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines where I was granted a full financial athletic scholarship," Medina said. She graduated with a degree of Bachelor in Industrial Psychology.
Medina was accompanied by National Paralympic Committee President Michael Barredo, and Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (Philspada) Executive Director Dennis Esta during the awarding rites. The savings account was handed over by Maybank Philippines President and CEO Herminio M. Famatigan, Jr.
The award was through the initiative of the Maybank Foundation, a regional foundation with extensive work in ASEAN and beyond. Maybank Foundation has been championing the cause of the disabled through a very unique comprehensive programme to transform the income of the disabled and marginalized communities called R.I.S.E. (Reach Independence & Sustainable Entrepreneurship).
This programme, which will soon be launched in the Philippines, seeks to train, mentor and coach the persons with disabilities to achieve income increase and economic independence in a sustainable way. To date, R.I.S.E. has successfully trained a total of 1,596 persons with disabilities and from the marginalized sector in Malaysia and Indonesia. Many of the participants have achieved phenomenal success in their business because of the training and mentoring given by Maybank and its implementation partner, People Systems Consultancy (PSC). In Malaysia, the programme has been a huge success with 1,316 participants trained from marginalized and disabled groups.
Maybank is the first Financial Institution to recognize and honor this feat, living up to its mission of humanising financial services.