Awards and Recognition

The Bank has been honored with several awards and citations through out the years. Awards received from 2005 to the present are listed here:


From the President of the Philippines

  • Presidential Citation for MSME Development, the first of such award conferred during the 2009 MSME Development Week by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in recognition of Plantersbank’s Best Practices in providing access to finance

From Asian Bankers Association

  • 2005 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award conferred on Plantersbank chairman Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting for contribution in defining a market-driven, sustainable and profitable model of SME-oriented banking
  • 2005 Asian Banking Award Most Outstanding Marketing, PR, and Brand Management for Plantersbank’s For the Entrepreneur, For the Filipino SME Advocacy Campaign
  • 2005 Asian Banking Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement conferred to Plantersbank chairman and CEO Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting for his contributions in defining a market-driven, sustainable and profitable model of SME-oriented banking
  • 2005 Asian Banking Award in Human Resource Management for Spirituality at Work corporate culture program
  • 2001 Asian Banking Award 2001 for the e-commerce service sme.com.ph

From the Small Business Corporation

  • 2013 Most Active Partner Award for Credit Guarantees and SME Wholesale Lending under the Thrift and Development Bank Category
  • 2012 Most Valuable Institutional Partner, in recognition of the Bank’s outstanding performance and contribution to the agency’s financing and guarantee programs over the past 20 years
  • 2012 Most Distinguished Partner Award under the SBCorp Credit Guarantees program
  • 2012 Kaakibat sa Pag-unlad ng MSMEs Hall of Fame Award, in recognition of Plantersbank’s outstanding performance and contribution under the financing and guarantee programs for the SME sector
  • 2011 Kaakibat sa Pag-unlad ng MSMEs Hall of Fame Award, in recognition of Plantersbank’s outstanding performance and contribution under the financing and guarantee programs for the SME sector
  • 2010 Kabalikat sa Pag-Unlad ng MSMEs Award, the Top Bank Excellence Award
  • 2009 Kabalikat ng MSME Award for outstanding performance in Micro and SME Wholesale Lending Program
  • 2008 Kabalikat ng MSMEs Award, for consistently supporting the micro, small and medium enterprise sector and for outstanding performance under the SBCorp lending and guarantee programs
  • 2007 Kabalikat SME Award for Individual Performance given to Assistant Vice President Rico Aloyon for record loan bookings of over P400 million in the Visayas-Mindanao region
  • 2006 Gawad SME Year 3 Hall of Fame Award
  • 2005 Gawad SME Special Citation for outstanding participation under the Omnibus Programs
  • 2004 Gawad SME for Bank Excellence
  • 2004 Special Citation under the Guarantee Program for SMEs
  • 2003 Special Award for Consistent Bank Excellence under the omnibus credit programs for SMEs
  • 2003 Most Distinguished Partner Award under the Guarantee Program
  • 2002 Special Citation for outstanding participation in Small Business Guarantee and Finance Corp.(SBCorp) lending and credit guarantee programs.

From the Management Association of the Philippines

  • 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Challenge Citation for Double Bottomline Banking
  • 2003 Management Man of the Year conferred to Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting

From the Green Philippines Islands of Sustainability / EcoSwitch Project

  • 2012 EcoSwitch Advocacy Award for Impact and Dissemination—the Bank’s first environmental award — for its valuable contribution to promote values for responsible stewardship and environmental care.

From the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP)

  • 2012 Model Bank for CSR Stage 5, the highest SME-centered Corporate Social Responsibility level, in recognition of the Bank’s work in promoting and supporting the SME sector and for its Triple Bottom Line model
  • 2009 Distinguished Person of the Year Award conferred to Plantersbank chairman Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting in recognition of his contribution as a visionary, advocate, capacity-builder and innovator of development finance
  • 2008 Development Award for Outstanding SME Development Project, for the Plantersbank SME Business Park in Cebu

From the Philippine Association of National Advertisers

  • 2002 PANA Values Award for the Corporate Advocacy campaign World Class Filipino Entrepreneur

From Home Guaranty Corporation

  • Certificate of Appreciation and Seal of Partnership under the Bankers-Builders-Buyers program
  • HGC Valued Partner in Housing Finance Award in recognition of the Bank’s role in supporting the development of well-planned urban communities and in making affordable homes available to more Filipino families.
  • 2006 Most Valuable Partner in Housing Financing

From the Home Insurance and Guaranty Corporation

  • 1995 Special Citation for generating highest volume of developer and retail housing accounts in the private development bank category

From the Asian Institute of Management and the Junior Chamber International Manila

  • First ever Ramon V. Del Rosario Sr. Award for Nation-Building conferred on Plantersbank chairman Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting, in recognition of his ample demonstration of passion for developing new enterprises and his concern for nation building

From Ernst and Young and SGV Philippines

  • Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2009 and Master Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Awards presented to Plantersbank chairman Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting for sound management practices in key areas of the bank-finance, marketing, human resources and sales-catapulting Plantersbank to becoming the leader in SME finance and the country’s largest private development bank

From the Land Bank of the Philippines

  • 2009 Best Countryside Loan Fund Partner
  • 2008 Best Countryside Loan Fund Program Partner in the Thrift Bank Category
  • 2007 Most Active Countryside Partner Award for SME and Micro Finance
  • 2005 Hall of Fame Award for Countryside Lending
  • 2005 Most Outstanding Countryside Partner in the Thrift Bank category
  • 2004 Most Outstanding Countryside Partner Award in the Thrift Bank category
  • 2003 Most Outstanding Countryside Partner Award in the Thrift Bank category under the Countryside Loan Fund and the Agricultural Loan Fund
  • 2000 Most Outstanding Countryside Partner Award in the Thrift Bank category under the Countryside Loan Fund I and II programs
  • 1999 Most Outstanding Countryside Partner Award in the Thrift Bank category under the Countryside Loan Fund I and II programs
  • 1998 Most Outstanding Thrift Bank – Countryside Loan Fund I program
  • 1998 Most Outstanding Thrift Bank – Countryside Loan Fund II program
  • 1997 Most Active Participating Financial Institution Countryside Loan Fund II program
  • 1997 Most Outstanding Financial Institution (Thrift Bank) – Countryside Loan Fund
  • 1997 Most Outstanding Financial Institution – Agricultural Loan Fund
  • 1994 Outstanding Financial Institution
  • 1994 Most Active Participating Financial Institution

From the Development Bank of the Philippines

  • 2005 Most Outstanding Participating Financial Institution under the Japan Bank for International Cooperation facilities
  • 2004 Most Outstanding Participating Financial Institution under the Japan Bank for International Cooperation facilities
  • 2006 Most Valuable Partner in Housing Financing

From Home Guaranty Corporation

  • Certificate of Appreciation and Seal of Partnership under the Bankers-Builders-Buyers program
  • HGC Valued Partner in Housing Finance Award in recognition of the Bank’s role in supporting the development of well-planned urban communities and in making affordable homes available to more Filipino families.
  • 2003 Most Outstanding Participating Financial Institution under the Japan Bank for International Cooperation facilities
  • 2000 Award of the Decade under the Industrial Guarantee and Loan Fund (IGLF) for being the Most Outstanding Participating Financial Institution, Thrift Bank category
  • 1999 Hall of Fame Award under the Industrial Guarantee and Loan Fund (IGLF)
  • 1998 Most Outstanding Thrift Bank under Industrial Gurantee Loan Fund (IGLF)
  • 1998 Most Outstanding Participating Financial Institution – Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund
  • 2001 Most Outstanding Participating Financial Institution Award under the Japan Bank of International Cooperation Facilities for Small and Medium Scale Industries program
  • 1997 Most Outstanding Thrift Bank under Industrial Gurantee Loan Fund (IGLF)
  • 1995 Most Outstanding Thrift Bank under Industrial Gurantee Loan Fund (IGLF)
  • 1994 Most Outstanding Bank (Thrift Bank category ) under Industrial Gurantee Loan Fund (IGLF)
  • 1993 Outstanding Partner in Progress Award as the Most Outstanding Thrift Bank

From the Social Security System

  • 2008 Kabalikat ng Bayan Award for significant contribution in volume and quality of loans to private enterprises under the financing programs of the state-run fund
  • 2008 Best Participating Financial Institution for the 5th consecutive year
  • 2007 SSS Kabalikat ng Bayan – Best Participating Financial Institution
  • 2006 Balikat ng Bayan Award – Best Participating Financial Institution for Volume and Quality of Loans
  • 2006 Balikat ng Bayan Award – Best Collecting Participating Financial Institution for Amount, Transaction Volume and Remittance Coverage
  • 2004 Balikat ng Bayan Award as Best Collecting Bank in the Thrift Bank category
  • 2002 Balikat ng Bayan Award – Best Collecting Thrift Bank

From the Chamber of Thrift Banks

  • 2006 Citation for Plantersbank and Bank chairman Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting for Achieving Double Bottomline Objectives

From Home Guaranty Corporation

  • Certificate of Appreciation and Seal of Partnership under the Bankers-Builders-Buyers program
  • HGC Valued Partner in Housing Finance Award in recognition of the Bank’s role in supporting the development of well-planned urban communities and in making affordable homes available to more Filipino families.
  • 2006 Most Valuable Partner in Housing Financing

From the Home Mutual Development Mutual Fund

  • 1992 Award of recognition as one of the most active accredited banks under Pag-IBIG Fund’s Expanded Housing Loan Program

From the International Association of Business Communicators-Philippines

  • 2006 Gold Quill Award of Merit
  • 2005 Gold Quill Award of Merit in the publications division for Plantersbank’s Business Line Magazine
  • 2004 Gold Quill Award of Merit for Plantersbank’s Business Line Magazine

From the Bankers Institute of the Philippines

  • 2005 BAIPHIL Web Award for Best Content and Visual Design

From the ComputerWorld Honors Program

  • 2004 Laureate Medal awarded in San Francisco, California for pioneering application of fast Ethernet XRN technology in SME finance in the Philippines

From the SME Development Council

  • 2007 Best Practices Award for Plantersbank SmallBiz Loan facility
  • 2002 SME Friendly Bank citation
  • 2001 SME Friendly Bank citation

From the University of Asia and the Pacific

  • 2007 2nd Integrated Marketing Communications Effectiveness Award (IMCEA) Silver Trophy – Best Budget Service campaign for Plantersbank’s SME Community Philippines Advocacy Campaign
  • 2005 1st Marketing Communications Effectiveness Award Gold Trophy – Budget Service campaign for Plantersbank’s For the Entrepreneur, For the Filipino SME Advocacy Campaign

From the World Entrepreneur of the Year (WEOY) Academy

  • Induction into the World Entrepreneur of the Year (WEOY) Academy of Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting, who represented the country in the WEOY Awards in Monaco

From the University of Maryland Alumni Association

  • 2011 UMAA International Alumnus Award given to Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting during the Spring Gala of the University of Maryland Alumni Association

From the Public Relations Society of the Philippines

  • 2008 Anvil Award of Merit for Plantersbank’s multi-media SME Community Philippines Advocacy Campaign
  • 2007 Anvil Award of Merit for Plantersbank’s SME Community Philippines magazine
  • 2007 Anvil Award of Merit for Plantersbank’s affiliate website, sme.com.ph,
  • 2004 Anvil Award of Merit from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines for the SME advocacy campaign The Filipino Entrepreneur—Our Priority, Our Passion

From the business community, local government, and SME advocates of Bulacan

  • 2008 Award for Plantersbank’s pro-SME role

From Quedan Rural Credit and Finance Corporation

  • 2003 Gawad Quedancor – Top Lending Bank
  • 2000 Gawad Quedancor Top Lending Bank in Agri-Aqua Inventory Management
  • 1999 Gawad Quedancor Top Lending Bank in Agri-Aqua Inventory Management
  • 1998 Gawad Quedancor Top Lending Bank in Agri-Aqua Inventory Management
  • 1994 Top Quedan Lending Bank

From the business community, local government, and SME advocates of Bulacan

  • 2008 Award for Plantersbank’s pro-SME role

From Quedan Guarantee Fund Board

  • 1992 Most Outstanding Quedan Lender Award
  • 1991 Most Active Quedan Lender of the Year
  • 1988 Most Active Bank Award

From the Spirit in Business Conference

  • 2004 International Spirit at Work Award presented in Zurich, Switzerland in recognition of great service to SMEs and the Bank’s work environment and culture

From the Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises

  • 2000 Active GFSME Accredited Financial Institution
  • 1999 Kabalikat Award for being a steadfast partner of the Guarantee Fund for SMEs for 15 years
  • 1999 GFSME Most Outstanding Accredited Financial Institution
  • 1998 GFSME Most Outstanding Accredited Financial Institution
  • 1994 GFSME Most Outstanding Financial Institution
  • 1994 Special Award for Consistent Excellence
  • 1993 Top Five Outstanding Accredited Institutions 1990-1991
  • 1990 Outstanding Bank Performance Award
  • 1988 Outstanding Bank Performance Award

From the Small Business Guarantee and Finance Corporation

  • 2001 Outstanding Participating Financial Institution Award
  • 2000 Hall of Fame Award for active participation under the Omnibus Credit Line
  • 1999 Most Distinguished Partner Award (Omnibus Credit Program)
  • 1997 Most Distinguished Partner in Progress
  • 1996 Distinguished SBGFC Partner Award

From the National Economic Development Authority and the Development Bank of the Philippines

  • 1992 Plaque of Appreciation for being the Second Top Performer under IGLF

From the Industrial Guarantee Fund Board

  • 1989 Most Outstanding Overall Bank Performance Award

Other Awards

  • Anvil Award of Merit for Plantersbank’s multi-media SME Community Philippines Advocacy Campaign for outstanding PR programs and tools by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines
  • Award from Bulacan business community, government officials and SME advocates for Plantersbank’s pro-SME role
  • Award for Best Practices in the field of SME Finance from the SME Development Counci
  • 2007 Anvil Award of Merit from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PSRP) for Plantersbank’s SME Community Philippines Magazine
  • 2007 PRSP’s Anvil Award of Merit for Plantersbanks’ affiliate, SME.com.ph, as the lead portal for Filipino small and Medium entrepreneurs
  • 2006 Gold Quill Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators/Philippines for Plantersbank’s internal publication Plantersbank Newsmonthly
  • 1st Marketing Communications Effectiveness Award Gold Trophy – Budget Service campaign for Plantersbank’s For the Entrepreneur, For the Filipino SME Advocacy Campaign
  • 2005 Gold Quill Award of Merit in the publications division from the International Association of Business Communicators/ Philippines for Plantersbank Business Line Magazine
  • 2005 BAIPHIL Web Award for Best Content and Visual Design from the Bankers Institute of the Philippines