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Corporate Profile

The Metro Gaisano Group

WealthBank traces its origin in the year 1967 when Danao City Development Bank was granted a thrift bank license and an authority to operate by then Central Bank of the Philippines. This single-branch thrift bank, principally located in Danao City, had equity participation by the Development Bank of the Philippines and the Land Bank of the Philippines.

In 2001, VICSAL Development Corporation, acquired Danao City Development Bank, signaling the start of what is now known as Wealth Development Bank. Branch expansion soon started in 2002 starting in the Visayas and Mindanao region. Currently, WealthBank has 25 strategic branches located throughout the country with new branches poised to open in current and succeeding years.


In 2016, it became a subsidiary of Woori Bank, the oldest and the second largest bank of South Korea, after it
acquired 51% stake in WealthBank. This merger gave a unique position to WealthBank as a local thrift bank
with global reach.

Woori Bank

WealthBank, is the first and only thrift bank in the Philippines to become a subsidiary of a multinational bank,
Woori Bank. Recognizing its strong potential for expansion and growth, Woori Bank partnered with Vicsal
Development Corporation for WealthBank in 2016.

Woori, established in 1899 as Daehan Cheonil Bank and later renamed to Woori Bank, is South Korea's oldest
and second largest bank in terms of total assets, ranking 91st worldwide. For the past 100 years,Woori has
served as the treasury bank for the Seoul Metropolitan Government and managed funds raised for the
National Debt Redemption Movement.

By the 3rd quarter of 2015, Woori Bank had a total of $173 billion in deposits, $209 billion in loans,and $251
billion in total assets. Woori Bank was acclaimed Bank of the Year in Korea by The Banker in 2004,2007,2008,
2010,and 2011 and The Asian Banker in 2011 ,2012 and 2013.

It also served as the driving force behind Seoul’s economic growth by serving as lender for promising exporters.

Woori is also known for its technological innovation and use of computer and mobile telephony. In 2015 Woori
Bank launched WiBee Bank, considered to be Korea's first mobile-only bank. It also entered into partnership
with Samsung to provide Samsung Pay payments and ATM cash withdrawal transactions. Woori Bank brings to
WealthBank its international experience in serving a vast array of 22 million retail clients and over a million
commercial firms, conglomerates, and public institutions with its 956 branches in South Korea as well as its 225
branches in 20 other countries.

This synergy between Woori Bank and VDC for WealthBank will expand its market reach to serve Korean SMEs
and the Overseas Filipino Workers, as well as Korean businesses operating in the country and Korean citizens
visiting and working in the Philippines. Customers can look forward to additional branches, ATM outlets, and
more products and services including Foreign Currency Deposit Unit (FCDU), Government Securities Trading,
Credit Card, Quasi Banking, and Remittance.

This major milestone is key in the fulfilment of WealthBank's vision beyond global reach to global presence.


WealthBank is regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Member: PDIC. Deposits are insured by PDIC up to P500,000 per depositor
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