Through the initiative “Ponte pa’ tus finanzas”, the Superintendencia de Bancos (SB) has held eight educational talks since March last year, in different cities in the north, south and east of the country, reaching more than 1,700 university students with practical advice on how to lead a healthy financial life.
For this year, the institution plans to hold other educational meetings under this modality in different regions of the country, as well as new actions to orient citizens about their rights and duties, and the measures that can be applied to keep their finances in order.
The talks are given by the Superintendent of Banks and financial educator, Alejandro Fernández W., and the director of the Office of Services and Attention to the User (ProUsuario), Natalia Sánchez, with the collaboration of local universities. Both expressed their satisfaction with the acceptance of the activity among the university population.
The financial education route began in the National District, at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), followed by the city of Santiago, at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM); Moca, at the Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago (Utesa), and La Romana, at the Universidad Dominicana Organización y Método (O&M).
Likewise, the educational route continued to the Baní campus of the Federico Henríquez y Carvajal University (UFHEC); the Puerto Plata campus of Utesa, the Loyola Polytechnic Institute, in San Cristóbal, and the Universidad Católica Nordestana (UCNE), in San Francisco de Macorís.
The initiative is part of the strategic axis of the Superintendency of Banks for the protection and financial health of users, and is aimed at providing useful tools for the proper management of economic resources.
The protection of the rights of the users of financial and exchange services is a responsibility of the Superintendency of Banks, originated in the Monetary and Financial Law, No. 183-02. For such purposes, ProUsuario has among its main responsibilities: to effectively attend to the requirements of the financial users, to supervise the entities of the system in matters of protection, as well as to provide education and orientation to the financial user.
Among the recommendations Fernández W. offers during his lectures is to clearly define personal goals. “This will give meaning to the effort, risks and sacrifices you will have to make. These goals must be measurable; what is not measured, is not managed”.