UCPB Savings Bank (USB) Sogod Branch in Southern Leyte was given a special recognition by BancNet for having the only available ATM and over-the-counter operations after Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated Leyte and Samar on November 8, 2013.
Yolanda, one of the most powerful cyclones ever recorded, caused catastrophic destruction in the Visayas, leaving 6,300 casualties and over a thousand people missing. According to UN officials, about 11 million people were affected and many left homeless. Today marks the 6th year since Yolanda happened.
“The entire Leyte province experienced total power and communication failure for almost a month. Yolanda made landfall on a Friday but in just three days, our branch opened even if other banks and business establishments remained shuttered. Typhoon victims from nearby towns in Southern Leyte, those from Northern Leyte and even from some parts of Samar traveled all the way to Sogod and lined up to make ATM withdrawals. We wanted to make sure that we provided for their immediate banking needs so we sourced the fuel for the branch generator, and the cash for over-the-counter and ATM transactions from USB Tuburan Branch in Cebu via land and sea travel,” said Branch Operations Officer Christie Joy S. Redoblado.
Indeed, USB, UCPB’s savings bank arm for over 50 years, remains true to its “Kasama Mo” brand promise and commitment to its clients.
Date published: November 8, 2019