President Benigno Aquino presented the ‘Outstanding Exemplar in the Private Sector’ award to Tessie Sy-Coson for SM Foundation’s programs in education, health and wellness, and livelihood during the annual media Bulong-Pulungan Christmas party event at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila last December 11. The ‘Outstanding Exemplar’ award is given yearly to people from both the government and private sector who have made great contributions in nation-building.
Eighteen-year-old Ana Liza Dalida was almost in tears when she got a call informing her that she has been accepted into the SM Foundation College Scholarship Program. She knew that being an SM scholar signified her first step into securing a better future for herself and her family.
SM scholar Ana Liza Dalida
Last April, the Professional Regulation Commission released the list of 2015 Electronics Engineer Licensure passers. Out of the 892 who passed were Danilyn Joy Aquino and Machris Czereanah Flores, two proud SM scholar-graduates.
SM scholar-turned-Engineers Danilyn Joy Aquino (left) and Machris Czereanah Flores (right)
It is a breakthrough year for SM Foundation’s college scholarship program. Of its 264 graduates from 2014-2015, four SM scholars broke the news to their benefactors that they are board topnotchers in their respective licensure examinations between April and May of 2015. Jenes Borais ranked 8th in Civil Engineering, John Angelo Cruz ranked 7th in Civil Engineering, Mark Anthony Teodoro ranked 3rd in Electrical Engineering and Mark Anthony Tiquio ranked 3rd also in Civil Engineering.
As if helping them through college isn’t enough, SM is going one step further by offering the fresh graduates of its scholarship program a bigger opportunity – jobs.
SM Investments Corporation (SMIC), through its social development arm SM Foundation, recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) to provide 877 chairs and 19 sets of teacher’s tables and chairs to pre-selected public schools for the continued rehabilitation of Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) affected areas.
For the first time, SM Foundation’s college scholarship program marks a breakthrough in the field of engineering as four of its graduates topped the national licensure exams, namely: Mark Anthony Teodoro (Ranked 3rd, Electrical Engineering), Mark Anthony Tiquio (Ranked 3rd, Civil Engineering), John Angelo Cruz (Ranked 7th, Civil Engineering), and Jenes Borais (Ranked 8th, Civil Engineering). In the past years, SM Foundation has also produced topnotchers in the fields of accounting and education.
No storm can truly weather the bayanihan spirit as, despite being victims themselves, SM employee-volunteers from the affected areas of Typhoon Lando (international name: Koppu) stepped forward to help distribute 7,500 kalinga (relief) packs under SM Foundation’s disaster response program Operation Tulong Express (OPTE).
One thousand five hundred and sixty-six (1,566) residents from nearby towns gathered at SM Center Valenzuela for medical and dental assistance from SM Foundation’s medical mission last May 5. Of these, 78 came from the neighboring community of Bahay Kalinga, a temporary home for abandoned children, children recovering from abuse, and the elderly.
Nestled in between luxurious green lawns and posh residential units of Belle Corporation’s Tagaytay Highlands is a 5,000 square meter of open land where 102 graduating Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan farmers proudly showcase the fruits of their 12-week training under SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmers Training Program. This 111th KSK training is done in partnership with Belle Kaagapay, Belle Corporation’s social responsibility arm.