1,000 Puerto Princesa pupils re­ceive #AweSM shoes

Palawan Daily News - - Lifestyle - By Rusell Fer­nan­dez

As it turns 60 this year, SM pays it for­ward thru var­i­ous com­mu­nity projects like its na­tion­wide #AweSM shoes do­na­tion drive held on Oc­to­ber 1, 2018.

With more than 70 school and com­mu­nity ben­e­fi­cia­ries na­tion­wide, SM or­ga­nized a si­mul­ta­ne­ous turnover of 60,000 pairs of shoes in line with the com­pany’s 60th An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion and its con­tin­u­ous ef­forts and com­mit­ment to give back to and up­lift the lives of its sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

For SM City Puerto Princesa, 1,000 pairs were distributed to pub­lic ele­men­tary schools in the City in­clud­ing the Don Ra­mon Ro­ces Memo­rial Ele­men­tary School (DRRMES) in Bgy. Bagong Sikat and the Maranat Ele­men­tary School in Bgy. Ba­cun­gan, where all pupils re­ceived a brand new pair of #AweSM shoes.

The school ben­e­fi­cia­ries cater pupils from poor com­mu­ni­ties and res­o­lutely im­ple­ment the ze­ro­col­lec­tion pol­icy, ac­cord­ing to DepEd Puerto Princesa Di­vi­sion Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Elsie T. Bar­rios, who graced the turnover cer­e­mony at DRRMES.

“Be­cause no fees are col­lected from the pupils and par­ents, we greatly ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port of the dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers just like SM in up­hold­ing the learn­ers’ holis­tic de­vel­op­ment,” said Dr. Bar­rios.

Ed­u­ca­tion is one of the main thrusts of SM’s cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­grams as the com­pany do­nates school build­ings, funds schol­ar­ships, sup­ports ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams, and pro­motes ed­u­ca­tion for all.

SM City Puerto Princesa Mall Man­ager Maidja Saliente shared, “Mr. Henry Sy, Sr., our founder strongly be­lieves that poverty should never be a hin­drance to good ed­u­ca­tion. His life is a liv­ing tes­ti­mony that ed­u­ca­tion can em­power any­one to rise from poverty and de­pri­va­tion, a kind of legacy that SM would like to share with all Filipinos es­pe­cially the young gen­er­a­tion of to­day.”

The 60,000 pairs of shoes were do­nated by SM em­ploy­ees from all of SM’s af­fil­i­ates in­clud­ing the SM Su­permalls, The SM Store, SM Su­per­mar­ket, SM Cinema, SM Ap­pli­ance Cen­ter, Wat­sons, Min­iso, Sports Cen­tral, Ace Hard­ware, Sur­plus, Primespots, Cy­ber­zone, Kul­tura, and many more.

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