SM IN 2018: RE­TAIL AND BE­YOND

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Every­day mall ex­pe­ri­ences in SM Su­permalls are about fun shop­ping, din­ing, and en­ter­tain­ment — these also trans­late to mean­ing­ful en­deav­ors that take place in­side and out­side the mall.

Through­out 2018, SM Su­permalls in Davao made con­tri­bu­tions to de­vel­op­ment and com­mu­nity build­ing.

Ed­u­ca­tion

Through the SM Foun­da­tion, SM ac­com­mo­dated de­serv­ing stu­dents from all over the re­gion through a schol­ar­ship pro­gram. Fu­eled by Henry Sy, Sr.'s be­lief in ed­u­ca­tion - that it is the best de­fense against poverty - the SM Foun­da­tion pro­vides col­lege and tech­ni­cal-vo­ca­tional schol­ar­ship grants to help the youth achieve their dreams. To­day, there are about over two dozens of schol­ars in Davao and a to­tal of over 80 in Min­danao!

The na­tion­wide Na­tional Chil­dren's Book Read­ing Day in SM cre­ated learn­ing spa­ces out­side school class­rooms and en­gaged ea­ger stu­dents in fun sto­ry­telling ac­tiv­i­ties. Film fes­ti­vals like the Ja­pa­nese and Korean Films fes­ti­vals also en­rich the cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences of the film lov­ing youths!

Health

Apart from reg­u­lar med­i­cal mis­sion pop­ups, SM also puts it­self on the map by sup­port­ing pub­lic health cen­ters through ren­o­va­tions and sus­tain­able op­er­a­tions. Last June 2018, the SM Foun­da­tion re­fur­bished a health sta­tion in the Talomo North Dis­trict that caters to over 160,000 res­i­dents in an ef­fort to pro­vide a wide range of health ser­vices.

The SIR-1 Ru­ral Health Sta­tion is the fourth health fa­cil­ity that the foun­da­tion has ren­o­vated in the Davao Re­gion (and the 142nd in the coun­try).

Ob­ser­vances like the Na­tional Autism Con­scious­ness Week and Na­tional Dis­abil­ity Pre­ven­tion and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Week also take place in SM. These ac­tiv­i­ties give the pub­lic a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and help the mall — a place for fun and fam­ily — to be in­stru­men­tal in spread­ing aware­ness and pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive change.

En­vi­ron­ment

In cel­e­bra­tion of SM's 60th an­niver­sary, a new cam­paign that sup­ports the gov­ern­ment's En­hanced Na­tional Green­ing Pro­gram was launched this year. Dubbed as the 60,000 Trees: The AweSM Tree Count, the cam­paign taps com­mu­ni­ties and SM em­ployee vol­un­teers to plant 60,000 trees in the span of five years. The Up­per Kibalang Agro-Forestry Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Inc. is the Davao part­ner of this cam­paign, which launched last Septem­ber.

Clos­ing the loop is also an SM pri­or­ity. The re­cur­ring Trash to Cash of SM makes re­cy­cling a habit, en­gag­ing com­mu­nity and house­holds in proper waste dis­posal and man­age­ment. Through­out 2018, over 38,000 ki­los of trash have been sold to re­cy­clers in SM Su­permalls in Davao.

Apart from tra­di­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal en­deav­ors, in­no­va­tive part­ner­ships that high­light rel­e­vant dis­cus­sions on bio­di­ver­sity (Philip­pine Ea­gle Foun­da­tion's Wildlife is Here), en­vi­ron­ment (Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources' Green Film Fest) and agri­cul­ture (Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture's Agritalk) are also writ­ten in SM's 2018 cal­en­dar and will be there in the years to come.

SM works with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment to make strides in health­care

SM Foun­da­tion schol­ars from Davao wel­come suc­cess and op­por­tu­ni­ties

SM makes sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to health­care ser­vices through ren­o­va­tion and op­er­a­tion of health cen­ters

SM en­gages em­ploy­ees to be part of en­deav­ors for the en­vi­ron­ment

The mall is also a space for learn­ing and fun

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