Gonzalo Pascua, Jr. Head of City Social Welfare and Development Office, Ma. Eleanor Francisco of Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office and Regional and Federation President for Visual Group Andrew Perez, Nette Mortel, PR Manager of SM Olongapo and Rafael John Escalante, Building Administration Officer of SM Olongapo were also present in the seminar. Similarly, tenants, employees, and front liners were the target audience of the orientation and training.
“We are very happy for this opportunity that SM cares for PWDs like us,” said Andrew Perez, regional and federation president, visual group.
SM Cares promotes a barrier-free and disability inclusive environment. The SM Cares Program on PWDs has instituted key programs to address the needs of customers with special needs, which earned its reputation for being the most PWDfriendly establishment across the country. Facilities have dedicated areas for parking and proper embarkation and disembarkation for PWDs, special restrooms, ramps, some have braille signs, designed areas for PWDs in cinemas, as well as utilities with accessible height like pay phones and wash room sinks.
Some of the program’s notable initiatives which were held in partnership with some PWD organizations include the annual Angels Walk for Autism, Happy Walk for Down Syndrome, Special Movie Screening for the Blind and Deaf, White Cane Day for the Blind, Disaster Resilience Conference for PWDs and Senior Citizens, and special concerts for the benefit of the Filipino PWD.