Extending a helping hand, SM Foundation Inc. through the Operation Tulong Express, served as one of the responders to flood-affected families by giving immediate assistance to communities in the form of relief goods.
SM Foundation Inc., Operation Tulong Express (SMFI-OPTE), in partnership with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), sent out volunteers from SM City Pampanga and SM Savemore Market Apalit to distribute Kalinga Packs goods which consists of bottled mineral water, rice, ready-to-eat meals, instant noodles and detergent bar soaps to the malls’ neighboring barangays, benefiting 1,500 affected families.
In the City of San Fernando, SM Pampanga headed by Assistant Mall Managers Raquel Chua and Jerwin Jalandoni in partnership with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin went on a house-to-house distribution of relief goods, braving the thigh-high deep waters in the still flooded Barangays of Sta. Monica Pandaras. In other municipalities, SM in partnership with the local government and social workers visited affected families in evacuation areas of Bacolor, Sto. Tomas, Apalit and Macabebe.
SM Foundation Inc. is the heart of the SM Group of Companies focused on social inclusion by nurturing and caring for the under-served communities where SM is present. SM Foundation was established in 1983 by Henry Sy Sr. and Felicidad T. Sy, anchored on its founding principle of PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE. They are committed to serve by supporting anf empowering host communities through education, health care, shelter, disaster response, farmer’s training, environmental programs and care for person with disabilities. They work hand in hand with communities to create opportunities and improve lives.