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Left to right: Abigail Arcangel, SMIC Corporate Affairs, Ling Lansang, AVP, SMIC, Linda Atayde, Exec. Director for Education, Debbie Pe-Sy, Executive Director, Ramon “Chito” Macapagal, SM Foundation Trustee & Head, Corporate Affairs, SMIC, Koleen D. Palaganas, VP for Sustainable Development for SMIC, Neny Regino, PR Director, and Juris Soliman, Over-all Coordinator, SM Foundation School-Building Program

SM Foundation bags gold Anvil

SM Foundation bags the Gold Anvil Award for Public Relations Programs on a Sustained Basis Education from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines recently.

Its Tech-Voc Scholarship Grants for Gainful Employment Program was recognized for providing 1,000 technical-vocational scholarship grants, which was an 800% increase from previous years.

The technical vocational scholarship program of SM Foundations started with 500 scholars. The number was increased by 1,000 in 2016 with the implementation of the government’s K-12 program to address an urgent need for the youth who cannot afford college education to acquire employable skills. With the tech voc scholarship, the youth are given the option to finish two-year

technical-vocational courses in areas with great demand in the market, thus ensuring them better opportunities in life. Today, SM Foundation’s tec voc scholarship program is benefitting 2,000 scholars.

SM Foundation’s tec voc scholars have to option to pursue specialization in the areas of Food and Beverage, Automobile Mechanic, Fitter Machinist, Electro-Mechanical Technician, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, Small Arc Welding and Electromechanics. They enjoy full tuition subsidy, on the job internship, referral to industry partners after course completion and fun-filled activities to help improve their personalities.

SM Foundation has been partnering with Don Bosco systems since 2008. Today, its partner schools are located throughout the country. Aside from the Don Bosco systems, SM Foundation has also partnered with Punlaan School in San Juan, Anihan Technical Institute (Calamba), Datacom Institute of Computer Technology (Makati), Dualtech Training Center (Laguna), General Santos City National Secondary School of Arts and trades, Meralco Foundation Inc. (Pasig), Monark Foundation Institute (Laguna & Cagayan de Oro) and the Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise, School of Knowledge for Industrial Labor Leadership and Service and the Banilad Center for Professional Development in Cebu, among others.

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