SM Foundation, SM Prime Holdings Inc. and SM Synergy Properties Holdings Corporation are among the partners recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd) in its event “Adopt A School Program: 17 Years of Celebrating Partnerships” on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Department of Education (DepEd) Complex in Pasig City. Spearheaded by DepEd Secretary Brother Armin Luistro and Undersecretary for Partnerships and External Linkages, USEC Mario Deriquito, the Adopt A School Program invites the private sector to partner with DepEd in support of better quality education.
More than 120 volunteers from BDO branches and various departments recently planted trees in Antipolo City in an environmental event organized by BDO Foundation with SM Foundation.
Assisted by members of the People’s Organization in the community, BDO volunteers planted narra and cacao saplings on approximately 20 hectares in the mountains of Sitio San Ysiro, Barangay San Jose.
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.
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.
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).
Keeping with its commitments to sustainability and environmental development, retail giant SM Supermalls is taking part in the re-greening efforts of the Province of Rizal by donating P1 million to Ynares Eco System (YES) program of the provincial government.
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.
102 farmers from the municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto joined the sustainable farming revolution in Negros Occidental. They recently completed SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmers’ Training Program where they were taught sustainable agricultural methods to help improve the quality and quantity of their produce.
SM Foundation, Inc. and Belle Kaagapay, Belle Corporation’s corporate social responsibility arm, have partnered to provide a livelihood training program and assistance to members of surrounding communities of the Tagaytay Highlands Complex through SM Foundation’s farmers training program Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan.
The students and teachers of the Paaralang Elementarya ng Tungkong Mangga recently celebrated the ground breaking ceremonies of their upcoming new school building in partnership with SM Prime Holdings through SM Foundation.