The City government recently hailed One Network Bank for heeding the suggestion of the mayor to open up a branch in the east coast barangay of Sangali, following ONB’s successful banking business in Barangay Ayala, west of this city.
Sangali is a populous fishing barangay some 36 kilometers east of the city proper. The barrio hosts the Zamboanga Fishing Port Complex and substation of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative that channels electricity from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to most of the city’s 98 barangays.
Mayor Celso Lobregat said ONB is living up to its vision of expanding its banking business to areas where no other rural and commercial banks would dare go; thus leading the way of Zamboanga’s progress outside the five-kilometer radius of the city.
He presumed that ONB is not regretting for opening the Ayala Branch, some 20 kilometers west of the city proper,considering that it is now serving the banking needs of thousands of workers from the various canning factories in Ayala and neighboring barangays of Recodo and Talisayan.
The chief executive was also optimistic that the ONB Sangali Branch will be as successful as Ayala Branch as the former will be serving the banking needs not only of Barangay Sangali but also of other outlying villages in the east coast.
Lobregat also hinted that an ONB Branch in Vitali will be most welcome in the nearest future, suggesting that if plans will push through he hopes to grace the inauguration before his third term will end in June next year.
The mayor also took the opportunity to thank the Consunjis, who own the ONB, for helping the city government’s development programs, specifically for donating a portion of its property in Barangay Recodo where the Recodo National High School, barangay hall, police and fire stations have been constructed and soon a covered court.
Leading the inauguration of ONB Sangali Branch were ONB officials headed by the President Alex Buenaventura, the branch manager and staff together with Sangali Barangay Chairman Leopoldo Torribio, Councilors Mike Alavar and Nonong Guingona.