DSWD-10 Regional Director Nestor Ramos formally received the donation for Marawi evacuees from The SM Store’s SAVP Gerry Bacsid on a ceremonial turnover held recently at SM City Cagayan De Oro.
With cooler nights ahead, thousands of families affected by the Marawi siege can now keep warm with blankets – and safe from insects with mosquito nets – donated by The SM Store just in time for the New Year.
In this joint project of The SM Store, SM Foundation and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), a total of 6,800 pieces of blankets and mosquito nets worth one million pesos were turned-over by The SM Store through SM Foundation’s Project Operation: Tulong Express to DSWD. These, as well as 700 pieces of teddy bears gathered for the children of Marawi through SM Care’s Bears of Joy project, were distributed to 2,500 families.
These blankets and mosquito nets were purchased by cash donations from employees of The SM Store’s Store Business Unit, Merchandise Business Unit, and Major Consignor groups inspired by the holiday spirit of sharing.
In a ceremonial turnover held at SM City Cagayan De Oro, The SM Store SAVP for Mindanao German Bacsid Jr. formally handed the boxes of blankets and mosquito nets to DSWD Region 10 Director Nestor Ramos and also to some of the beneficiaries. This was followed by an on-site visit and distribution at Lanao Del Norte, Iligan and Marawi City lead by SM Foundation’s AVP for Livelihood and Outreach Programs Cristie Angeles.
It can be recalled that during the Battle of Marawi a five-month-long conflict and urban battle lasted between the government forces and militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) resulting in deaths, families losing their homes and evacuating in temporary shelters.
Donation to Marawi victims is one of the ways that The SM Store reaches out to communities in times of need. This is also one of its joint efforts in providing aid to the families of Marawi.
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