Rang-ay Bank President & CEO Ives Q. Nisce spoke during the opening program and described the event as a concrete manifestation of the bank’s contribution to the advocacy of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for financial inclusion. Rang-ay Bank aims to bring financial products within easy reach of people in the countryside, he said.
He reiterated the bank’s vision to be the bank for the Ilocanos saying that the opening of the Dingras branch is in line with the bank’s commitment to serve the people of Ilocos. At present, the bank already serves the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Abra and Benguet.
Other guests who graced the occasion were Dingras Mayor Erdio Valenzuela and his department heads, local officials and former Dingras mayor Dr. Robert Castro, consultant to the 1st congressional district of Ilocos Norte.
In his speech, Mayor Valenzuela welcomed the putting up of the new Rang-ay Bank office in his town and expressed heartfelt gratitude to its officials. He declared that the bank launch is a sign of new progress and development in Dingras, known as the province’s rice granary and gateway to Ilocos Norte’s eastern towns.
“With the inauguration of the bank, the growth of the town is recognized not only in the province but also in the region,” the mayor said. He said he looks forward to working together with the bank to continue the development of Dingras.
The new opening in Dingras brings the Rang-ay Bank’s branch network to 24 , all strategically located in six provinces. In Ilocos Norte, its two branches are the Laoag branch located at the 2nd Floor, Laoag City public market and the new Dingras branch located along the national highway, old public market.