GK project with SM in CDO to see completion soon
Come January 2013, around 200 families who survived typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro may be able to fully start rebuilding their lives after SM Supermalls completed its committed PhP22M donation for a Gawad Kalinga village in Barangay Canitoan. Banco de Oro Foundation has also contributed to the project, committing 100 houses within the Village. The final installment of the donation that was turned over by SM to GK was worth PhP5.5M.SM also handed over an additional check worth US$5,000 that the company won from an international CSR competition.
GK Partnership Manager Reynaldo Cajulis, along with GK Executive Director Jose Luis Oquiñena and GK Special Projects Manager Matt Vergara, received the checks from SM Supermalls President Annie S. Garcia in simple ceremonies held at the SM MOA office building. Cajulis said the extra $5,000 will be used to build a playground within the same community.
SM's partnership with GK is part of the SM Cares program that focuses solely on corporate social responsibility projects undertaken by all SM malls in the country. More than the houses, this collaboration also gives way to further enhancement on infrastructure, community building, health, food sufficiency, child and youth development, environment and social entrepreneurship.
This GK Village in Bgy. Canitoan is the latest project being undertaken by SM Supermalls with Gawad Kalinga. Previously, SM also helped build houses in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City to celebrate the 25th anniversary of SM City North EDSA. This received the Asia Community Award given by the International Council of Shopping Centers Foundation. The development of the 2.7-ha Canitoan housing project likewise earned for SM the same recognition, the prize of which is now turned over to GK.
“There will always be people out there who are in need. It's Christmas, and the needs and opportunities to help some more are magnified. We feel it's right for us to keep doing our share, helping in every way we can to uplift the communities where we are present,” said Annie Garcia.
Although the donated houses will not be ready by Christmas, hope has been lit up for the surviving Sendong victims whose lives have been forced to take a radical turn. With the 300 houses donated by both SM Supermalls and BDO Foundation, the new shelters will usher in their new lives that will be built around self-reliance and sustainability.
Thursday, February 7, 2013