SM Foundation distributed relief packs to internally displaced persons and victims of typhoons Urduja and Vinta that ravaged parts of Visayas and Mindanao during the holiday season.
Together with DSWD, SM Foundation and SM Cagayan de Oro visited Lanao del Norte, Iligan City and the evacuation centers in Marawi City to distribute goods. The displaced in Marawi, residents of the city’s ground zero are temporarily housed in tent cities and other evacuation centers. SM Store donated blankets and mosquito nets worth Php 1 million to keep them warm during the cold nights and protect them from mosquito bites, targeting 2,500 families. SM Cares’ 600 teddy bears were also distributed to the delight of the children.
In Tubod, Lanao del Norte, SM Foundation’s Operation: Tulong Express made sure families affected by typhoon Vinta in barangays Pigcarangan and Taguiguiron had food as they welcome the new year. In partnership with the provincial government of Lanao del Norte led by Governor Imelda “ Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and the Provincial Social Welfare Office led by Ms. Anabel Mendez, relief goods were distributed to 1,766 families.
SM SaveMore actively participated in the preparation and distribution of the relief packs.
OPTE volunteers were also in Biliran to distribute relief goods to 2,000 families displaced by typhoon Urduja.
Team SM Ormoc in partnership with DSWD distributed the relief goods to five hard to each barangays in Naval, Biliran: Brgy. Catmon (500 families), Brgy. Anislagan (250), Brgy. Haguikhikan (450), Brgy. Libtong (350), Brgy. Villaconsuelo (450). These barangays were the most affected and hard to reach areas because roads were blocked by mud and boulders. In Davao City, OPTE distributed relief goods to 1,500 families affected by typhoon Vinta in evacuation centers: in Maa Elementary school (768 families), and in two Poblacion district evacuation centers: Riverside, Bolton Extension, Brgy 8-A and Riverside, Magallanes, Brgy 2-A (732 families). SM Davao, SM Lanang and Savemore volunteers and the local government unit of Davao City facilitated the relief distribution.
Meanwhile, in Cagayan de Oro City, the SM CDO family—SM Supermalls, SaveMore and SM volunteers joined hands to distribute 1,000 Kalinga packs to typhoon Vinta affected families in the evacuation centers of West City Central School (574 families), Macasandig Barangay Hall (389) and agency affected personnel despite the holiday rush.