For the past 60 years, we have provided jobs to the Filipino people and we have helped businesses grow by providing their workforce needs.
We are in the business of doing good
SFI was established in 1961 by lawyer Dante P. Anastacio. His vision was simple – to provide employment to many of his Filipino countrymen.
The company was co-founded by Mr. Rolando Antonio known as “Mr. SFI.” He has been in the company since its inception and remains active in a Vice-chairman capacity to the group.
SFI provided for the requirements of the custodial service of some of the biggest firms based in Metro Manila during the company’s earlier years. As its clientele and reputation grew, SFI expanded its services by providing manpower, technical services, and construction services in the early 1970s to different industries.
To cater to the industrial boom that was taking place in Bataan, SFI opened its very first branch in the province which was managed and led by one of the pillars of SFI, Mr. Gaudencio T. Infante. SFI was then able to cater to the needs of the oil, power and gas sectors.
1976 was a dark moment in the history of SFI because the company’s founder and president, Dante P. Anastacio, suddenly passed away at such a young age. SFI had lost its dynamic leader and visionary.
The wife turned widow, Mrs. Ester Anastacio, was determined to save the company. She therefore asked the firm’s co-founder Mr. Rolando R. Antonio, and SFI’s other pillar Mr. Gaudencio T. Infante to stay by her side and help her manage Servicio Filipino. The firm commitment, resolve and resiliency of the three leaders proved to be significant because it brought new life to the struggling business. After several years, their strong leadership has transformed the organization into one of the country’s leading human resource and workforce management firms in the country in the 1980’s.
Unprecedented growth followed SFI and in the early 1980s, the company had expanded into other territories in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It was the vision of the president, Mrs. Ester Anastacio, to build a new office building and corporate center for SFI. By 1983, the new building was constructed at West Avenue, Quezon City and this would become the home and head office of Servicio Filipino that we know today.
The need for Filipino workers in the 80’s had opened another business opportunity for SFI. It had forged business partnerships with companies in Saudi Arabia, Japan, Canada and the United States of America to start deploying Filipino Professionals to all these countries. SFI was one of the very first companies to supply these countries with Filipino Talent.
In time, the requirements of clients had become more diverse and demanding. Expertise in engineering and project management carried a premium, and this prompted our company to create the Engineering and Technical Services Division of SFI. This division handled all the technical and construction management requirements of our clients in the oil, power and gas industry. This service evolved through the years as a niche market and remains one of the main service lines and major strengths of Servicio Filipino.
Temps and Staffers, Inc. was established in 1990 as a human resource placement and consultancy firm.
Through the help of a third-party HR consulting firm, the top management of SFI initiated a Vision, Mission, Values, and long-term planning for the entire organization in 1997. This laid down the Vision of the company for the future. More importantly, it had verbalized the purpose of the entire organization through its mission statements and gave meaning to the company’s existence.
The Vision of SFI became the organization’s roadmap. This drove our company to seek partners who shared a common vision, practiced the same values and also appreciated the potential value that market in the Philippines can unlock. The SFI Group had to build strategic partnerships with other global companies that could enhance the value proposition and service offerings of SFI to its clients in the country. This led the leadership of our group to establish new companies that would later become subsidiary business units under SFI Group.
The SFI Group had designed a more compelling business model by providing clients with the qualified people, the expertise and pertinent to their needs, and the technology to deliver our services with more efficiency and quality at the least cost. This platform drove our group to look for the best international partners who add tremendous value to the services that we offer.
Though outsourcing was still in its initial stages, the SFI Group foresaw the growth that would happen in the BPO and shared services industry in the country. Partnering internationally to run a franchise of Comprehensive, the SFI Management Consultancy opened opportunities in providing financial record-keeping, book-keeping, and accounting services to a lot of clients. The Comprehensive franchise was acquired in 2009 by another firm, Fiducial International Network. The franchise agreement eventually lapsed, but SFI Management Consultancy remained as the outsourcing and management consulting arm of the SFI Group.
Our organization saw the value of continuously training the company’s most important asset – its people. It was not enough that the company’s human capital would just remain the same. Fierce competition and the challenges of the market brought about the incorporation of VATRAC, the HR training and consulting arm of the SFI Group. It not only catered to the internal training and consulting needs of all the subsidiaries, but it also offered its services to several clients of the SFI Group. This company provided basic skills training seminars, corporate team-building events, supervisory training seminars, and also management/leadership training seminars.
SFI Human Resources Consultancy, Inc. (SFIHRCI) is a registered legitimate service contractor under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). SFIHRCI operates under the trade name BusinessTrends and is a provider of complete workforce management solutions operating in the Philippines since 1999.
As the BPO and shared services industry were still in its starting stage, our company foresaw that this would be a great sunshine industry to invest into. In 2000, SFI invested a BPO start-up venture called Vertex Solutions, acquiring one of its biggest majority shares. Within three years, Vertex was already in the black and was operating at a profit. The BPO business venture expanded from 150 seats to more than 1,000 seats and was managing more than 2,300 full-time employees (FTE’s) in 2007. Later that year, SFI and the other investors took a generous offer from “partner-client” Alorica and sold its shares just before the global crisis hit in 2009.
In 2001, as different companies were being put up, the need to consolidate all stockholders’ shareholdings into a single holdings corporation became the most practical choice and decision. More importantly, creating a management corporation that can streamline financial and operational functions effectively to all the companies made it easier for the top management to be more efficient in providing leadership for all of the different subsidiary business units. This was when SFI Holdings Corporation was established and the brand SFI Group of Companies or SFI Group was born.
SFI was recognized in the industry as the best performing service contractor and manpower supply and placement firm in the Philippines. SFI was awarded an ISO 9001:2000 certification on December 17, 2003 for delivering exceptional and high quality services, the first certification of its kind among human resource services providers for technical and non-technical positions in the Philippines.