SM Prime Employees Unite For 2017 Brigada Eskwela

More than a thousand SM employees volunteered to support the Department of Education’s (DepEd)  Proving that the bayanihan sprit is very much alive, the employee volunteers from SM Prime and its Business Units all over the country cleaned up public elementary school buildings in their respective communities last Saturday, May 20. The volunteers shared their time to help prepare the school buildings for the opening of classes. The day was spent painting walls, chairs, and desks – with some even doing murals and other art works for the schools.

Elena Bautista Horn, Vice President for Corporate Affairs of SM Prime said that the SM Prime’s employee volunteerism program is a manifestation of its commitment to nurture among their employees the spirit of volunteerism through community service.

“We believe that everyone in the company can contribute in helping making life a little better for the people in the communities we serve. No effort is too small to make a difference. Through volunteerism, we aim to provide our employees with a venue for sharing their talents and passion. Volunteerism provides our employees a hands-on perspective on the good that they can accomplish. ” Horn noted.

In 2016, SM volunteers cleaned up a total of 57 public elementary schools. For this year, 61 schools were repainted.

 SM Prime’s volunteerism program encourages community service among its employees to support SM Cares programs. SM Cares, a division of SM Foundation, collaborates with communities and organizations that promote positive change. Its programs focus on people and the community, environmental sustainability, disaster resilience and green campaigns.

SM Prime is one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia that offers innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities with the development of malls, residences, offices, hotels and convention centers.

To know more about SM Cares, you may visit www.smcares.com.ph or www.facebook.com/OfficialSMCares.

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1,000 concrete houses completed for super typhoon survivors

Concrete from floor to ceiling, two hundred brand new houses were turned over recently in Ormoc to complete the targeted 1,000 units for the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in various parts of the Visayas region. The houses were donated to the beneficiaries and are part of a project that was initiated immediately after the historic storm that devastated thousands of lives and property in November 8, 2013.

The housing project – initiated under SM Cares, and a division of SM Foundation – covered areas that were hardest hit by Yolanda. It started with the turnover of 200 houses in Bogo, Cebu a year after the typhoon in November 2014. In October 2015, 200 more houses were given to survivors in Iloilo. Early this May 2016, 400 houses in Barangay Kawayan, Tacloban were given to chosen beneficiaries.

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The houses were designed and engineered to withstand disasters like super typhoons that may hit in the future. Aside from the disaster-resilient concrete houses, each SM Cares housing village is also planted with vetiver grass to help manage slopes and control soil erosion, sewage treatment, materials recovery facility, and rainwater catchment system.

Each beneficiary is carefully selected with the help of various NGOs and community groups, which conducted interviews and profiling. Melba de Luna, a 43-year old housewife, expressed her positive outlook by volunteering as a cooperative member in their community in Bgy. Kawayan.

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“Dininig ng Diyos ang panalangin namin na bigyan kami ng bahay na safe. Ngayon kahit sobrang lakas ng hangin sa labas, hindi namin halos maramdaman,” de Luna attested. “Sa kinikita ng asawa ko sa pagmamaneho, naglalaan kami para lalong pagandahin itong bahay naming.” (God heard our prayer to give us a safe house. Now even when the wind is strong outside, we can hardly feel it. With my husband’s earnings from driving, we save up to make this house look better.) Her husband drives a taxicab for a living.

SM Cares’ housing project for the survivors of Yolanda was made possible by the selfless support of its customers, business partners, service providers, employees and local communities. Through these donors, SM was able to raise the necessary fund to complete 1,000 concrete homes where its owners can feel safer and more secure after what they went through three years ago.

Christmas Bears of Joy

Christmas is the time of the year when everyone gets busy trying to manage all the excitement of shopping for gifts and going to parties.

True to most people’s experience, it is delightful to receive presents from loved ones.  Amidst all the frenzy, there will be many who will seek to share their blessings to other people.

On its fourth consecutive year, SM Supermalls, offers an opportunity to shoppers to give back and make another child happy, through the SM Bears of Joy charity program.

Millions of Filipino customers will once again be given a chance to buy 2 bears for the amount of 200.00, keeping one and donating the other to a less fortunate child.  Each SM Supermall has partnered with an orphanage or charity institutuion, and all the collected bears for donation will be shared at the end of the program.

Even with endless parties and grand celebrations, there is always an opportunity to make a child happy.  Every time you buy an SM Bear of Joy, you touch someone’s hearth with your act of generosity and kindness.

Giving is indeed the true spirit of Christmas.

The Christmas Bears of Joy is a project of SM Cares, a division of SM Foundation and the CSR arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc.  Visit Bears of Joy booths in participating SM Supermalls for a chance to get your own SM Cares Bears.  The booths will run until January 11, 2005.  to know more about SM Cares, please visit www.smcares.com.ph or www.facebook.com/OfficialSMCares