In the wake of damages brought about the recent 7.2 earthquake and the super-typhoon Yolanda, SM Group pledged P100M as a calamity fund for areas devastated by the earthquake and the typhoon, particularly in, Tacloban, Ormoc, Samar, Bohol, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz and Bicol.
The fund will be for rebuilding homes, community centers, schools, and churches, as well as for immediate relief through food and supplies.
SM Foundation is also taking the lead in the relief operation effort with the nationwide reach of SM Cares of the mall group, SM Savemore, and BDO Foundation. Recently, SM Group of Companies, through SM Foundation, has sent out thousands of kalinga relief packages consisting of bottles of mineral water, rice, ready-to-eat ulam packs and instant noodles. These were given to the affected areas and communities of the recent calamities.
SM’s disaster relief facility, Operation Tulong Express, is also accepting donations of relief goods in all SM Malls nationwide, and its accounts in BDO and Chinabank for cash donations.
With the P100M calamity fund, SM seeks to extend an extra hand to these affected communities, working side by side with community groups to expand efforts and widen the reach of the relief operation.