The Jose B. Fernandez, Jr. Center for Sustainable Finance focuses on providing venues for research and discussion of issues in the banking and financial services industry, as well as strategies to improve competence among Asian financial managers. It also facilitates beneficial alliances among business institutions in the region.
The Center conducts research on wealth management and sustainable finance to help Asian financial managers reconcile economic performance with social and environmental impact. It also collaborates with professional associations and, with the help of its partners, hosts academic events, conferences, and training sessions for key certification requirements.
The Objectives of the JBF Center are:
- to conduct research on policy issues that affect the banking industry and other allied services in the financial and capital markets in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region,
- to train and develop competent managers for the banking and financial services industries in the region,
- to promote the forging of beneficial business alliances in the region and
- to provide a forum for the discussion of important issues affecting the banking and finance sectors.
Jose "Jobo" B. Fernandez, Jr., former Philippine Central Bank Governor, was a pillar of strength, and an acknowledged leader in the private commercial banking sector.
It had always been Jobo's dream to establish his own bank. He wanted to organize a bank whose ownership was diversified. During those days, local private banks, including PBC, were all family-owned and managed. In 1959, with the encouragement of his friend, Washington SyCip, Jobo took the risk of organizing a truly professional bank, giving birth to the Far East Bank and Trust Company (FEBTC). He was, at 36, the country's youngest bank president.
He was President of the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) for three years and was regularly invited to attend annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development of the World Bank. He was also one of the pioneers in the establishment of the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) in 1967. PBEC is an international forum that foreshadowed the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (APEC). As an industry leader, one of his enduring legacies is his immense contribution to the training of competent managers in the Philippine banking and financial service sectors.
The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) College of Economics and Management (CEM) selected Dr. Felipe O. Calderon as one of its 100 Outstanding Alumni Awardees in celebration of CEM’s 100th Founding Anniversary on July 19, 2019.
Dr. Calderon was also selected by the University of the Philippines Los Baños Alumni Association, Inc. as one of its 2019 College Distinguished Alumni Awardees.
Dr. Calderon was chosen for the two Alumnus awards “For his exemplary accomplishments in the field of sustainable banking and finance; for his unwavering passion and efforts to synergize his extensive experience in banking to academe and research; and for championing the value of sustainability in schools around the world by equipping today’s business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change for tomorrow.”