Wearing proudly their blue T-shirts that made them stand out from the rest of MOA habitues, 600 SM Foundation college scholars in the NCR region came to the Mall of Asia Arena for the annual Scholars General Assembly.
Medjugorje Uy, 19 years old, grew up in a loving environment despite living in a shack on the edge of a construction dump site. As the daughter of a single parent, she and her mother supported themselves through various odd jobs.
“I’ve worked as a part-time carwash girl, sold rags and even sold lumpiang shangai and maruya with my mother,” Medjugorje recalled.
“I couldn’t ask my mother for the box of donuts she promised when I finished elementary with honors. I couldn’t even ask my father for money to use for my projects and research paper in high school,” SM Foundation Scholar Joebert Palma, Jr., recalled.
SM Investments Corporation (SM), the country’s largest conglomerate, has reported significant progress in its sustainability practices which involves its operations, social development programs and environmental conservation efforts. These efforts are disclosed in SM’s 2015 Environmental, Social and Governance Report released on April 27 during the company’s Annual Stockholders’ Meeting.
In time for its 175th anniversary, Watsons held a joint medical mission with SM Foundation on May 6 at SM City Sta. Mesa.
Education continues to be at the forefront of SM Foundation’s initiatives as it recently took part in the construction of the three-storey Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) Library building at the University of Pangasinan-PHINMA campus in Dagupan City.
SM Foundation turned over its 75th school building to Lucban Elementary School in Baguio City on July 5. The two-storey, four-classroom school building is fully furnished with 4 toilets, 200 armchairs, 4 sets of teacher’s tables and chairs, 8 blackboards, 16 electric wall fans and 4 wall clocks.
Lucban Elementary School is one of the nine central schools of Baguio City. At present, it is the second biggest public elementary school in the City of Pines in terms of teachers and pupil population. The school also offers special science classes from Grades I – III.
SM Foundation continues its support for our men and women in uniform as it turned over its 116thFelicidad Sy Wellness Center- the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Health Service Dispensary in Silang, Cavite on June 23. This is its 17th soldiers’ ward rehabilitated and its third PNP medical facility renovated to date.
While the SM scholarship program supports 1,500 scholars every year, school year 2016-2017 though is unique. There will be fewer scholars matriculating for four- and five-year baccalaureate degrees due to the full implementation of the K-12 basic education curriculum. Grade 10 students of school year 2015-2016 will then be the pioneer Senior High School Students as stipulated in Republic Act 10533 thus becoming the first batch to take on the additional two years of basic education schooling.
SM Foundation’s support to programs geared to improve the quality of education in public schools was recently recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd). SM Foundation officials (in photo, l-r) Elena Horn, Debbie Sy, Carmen Linda Atayde and Eleanor Lansang are shown with former Education Secretary Armin Luistro during the inauguration of the Sidhay Monument at the DepEd launch of the Gabaldon Coffee Table Book.