SM holds Emergency Preparedness Forum series for PWD, elderly

SM holds Emergency Preparedness Forum series for PWDs, Elderly

Community program that supports UN goals to achieve disaster-resilient societies

File photo from the 2018 Emergency Preparedness Forum. Leading the inspection of emergency equipment are (Middle of the photo, left to right) DOST Undersecretary Dr. Renato Solidum Jr., SM Cares Program Director for Senior Citizens Danilo Chavez, and SM Cares Program Director for PWDs, Engr. Bien Mateo.

SM Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc., will be conducting the 5th Emergency Preparedness Forum, in its continuing thrust to make Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Senior Citizens more resilient and better prepared in times of disasters. From what was an annual event held in a single venue, SM Cares now brings the forum across five SM malls nationwide from June 21 to July 12, 2019, in observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month.

SM Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc., will be conducting the 5th Emergency Preparedness Forum, in its continuing thrust to make Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Senior Citizens more resilient and better prepared in times of disasters. From what was an annual event held in a single venue, SM Cares now brings the forum to five SM Malls nationwide from June 21 to July 12, 2019.

The project is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 11: To make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. It is projected that by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities, making sustainability a critical priority. SM, together with government agencies and community members, are collectively engaged in pursuing objectives to make cities safer, more resource-efficient, resilient and inclusive.

Participating malls include SM City Clark (June 21), SM City Marikina (July 2), SM City Dasmariñas (July 5), SM City Batangas (July 9), and SM Center Muntinlupa (July 12), all happening at the mall’s event centers from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

Facilitating the forum are DOST Undersecretary, PHIVOLCS Director and leading expert in Geology and Seismology, Dr. Renato Solidum Jr., joined by Dr. Ted Esguerra, who is an active member of numerous emergency preparedness and disaster response units around the globe. Both highly-regarded experts will impart knowledge about natural disasters and how to properly respond to them.

For our elderlies, we have our undeniable limitations such as mobility and sensory capacities. They may know that there is an emergency, but are unable to act upon it. We want to enlighten them that there are responses that they can do that best fits their situation. This is one way we want to strengthen the communities of our senior citizens,”

added Danilo Chavez, SM Cares Program Director for Senior Citizens.

The forum supports initiatives of ARISE Philippines of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). It aims to create risk-resilient societies by working with the private sector to incorporate DRR in the core of their business and stakeholder engagement. Hans Sy, SM Prime Holdings Executive Committee Chairman is the only Filipino Global Board Member of the UNDRR ARISE Private Sector Alliance for Resilient Societies.

We believe that there is a strong need to reach out to the communities that include persons with disabilities. They may either be out of reach from proper information, or they may have misconceptions on how to react to emergencies. And we are very fortunate to have Dr. Solidum and Dr. Esguerra, to help us understand and develop a more disaster-resilient way of living for PWDs,”

said Engr. Bien Mateo, SM Cares Program Director for Persons with Disabilities.

SM continues to promote a barrier-free and disability-inclusive environment to ensure that SM becomes a place for all, and where everyone is cared for.  SM Cares is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Its advocacies include Environment Sustainability, Programs on Persons with Disabilities, Children and Youth, Women and Breastfeeding Mothers, Senior Citizens, and Overseas Filipino Workers (SM Global Pinoy).

As a responsible member of the community, SM Supermalls, through the CSR Programs of SM Cares, aims to serves as a catalyst for positive change in society. To know more about SM Cares, you may visit www.smacares.com.ph, www.facebook.com/OfficialSMCares or email smcares@smsupermalls.com.