With the school opening slated next month, employees from SM Prime and its Business Units across the country will take part in the Department of Education’s “Brigada Eskwela 2017”. These company volunteers across all levels have committed their time and talent for the benefit of the school children.
Elena Bautista Horn, Vice President for Corporate Affairs of SM Prime said their participation in ‘Brigada Eskwela 2017’ is part of their continuing commitment to nurture among their employees the spirit of volunteerism in community service.
“SM Cares volunteerism program aims to provide a venue for employees to contribute in making life a little better for the people in the community.” Horn noted.
In 2016, she said SM volunteers cleaned up a total of 57 public elementary schools geared towards its rehabilitation and refurbishment. For this year, they are to work on at least 65 schools and will be engaged in repairing facilities, cleaning and painting of classrooms. Employees will also be given a “Painting 101” session before they embark on the volunteerism task for a well-polished look.
“We appreciate the efforts of SM volunteers in giving a hand to make our schools ready for school opening. This display of civic spiritedness is worthy of emulation by our young people. This is a concrete way of serving by example,” enthused the principal of P. Villanueva Elementary School in Pasay City.
Aside from fostering volunteerism, SM Cares also carry out programs for Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens, Women and Breastfeeding Mothers, Children and Youth, OFW (or SM Global Pinoy), Social Entrepreneurs and Environment and Sustainability.
SM Prime is one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia that offers innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities with the development of malls, residences, offices, hotels and convention centers.