Through OPTE, SM Foundation distributed a total of 30,547 kalinga (relief) packs to 59 barangays in 2014. Recipients included the victims of the 2014 Cebu fires as well as those who were affected by Typhoons Rammasun (local name: Glenda), Fung-wong (Mario), Kalmaegi (Luis) and Hagupit (Ruby).
SM Foundation received a plaque of recognition from the Department of Health for its relief operations during and after the onslaught of Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) at the Awarding of the Unsung Heroes: Typhoon Yolanda Responders event held in July 2014. In August 2014, SM Foundation was also recognized for its quick response during calamities during the 48th Founding Anniversary of the 520th Air Base Wing of the Philippine Air Force.
Felicidad T. Sy Foundation, Inc.
SM Foundation, through its religious affairs division Felicidad T. Sy Foundation Inc. (FTSyFI), actively supports the spiritual development of communities through various religious projects and activities.
In 2014, FTSyFI renovated and redesigned the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal Dedicated and Blessed in General Trias, Cavite. The renovated chapel can now accommodate 150 to 200 mass goers from the nearby villages of Heneral Uno and Heneral Dos.
Aside from church renovations, FTSyFI extended assistance to the construction, renovation, operational expenses and other outreach projects of various seminaries nationwide. Notable projects in 2014 were the renovations of the 50-year old San Pablo Seminary religious center in Baguio, Benguet and the 28-year old Graduate School of Theology of the San Carlos Seminary in Guadalupe, Makati City.
FTSyFI also attends to the mass requirements of 32 SM malls celebrating first Friday and Sunday masses nationwide. Other projects of the FTSyFI include support to various convents, orphanages, foundations and schools throughout the country.
FTSyFI, active in promoting spiritual development within the SM Group, also conducted its first ever Lectors' Training for SM employee-mass servers in January 2014, followed by a second batch in October 2014. A total of 88 employees were trained.
FTSyFI also held its first mass wedding for employees as a prerequisite to the Lectors' Training in 2014. Fourteen couples received the Sacrament of Matrimony on September 29.
Grow A Million Trees
The SM Group of Companies believes in creating a self-sustainable community through environmental-conscious efforts. Aside from its greening initiatives inside malls, SM continues with its greening advocacies through the Grow A Million Trees Program (GAMT).
An initiative of the SM Supermarket (SuperValue, Inc.), the GAMT was launched in 2013 in support of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' (DENR) Forest Management Bureau's National Greening Program's goal of planting 1.5 billion trees from 2011-2016.
On July 21, 2014, the SM Group re-launched the GAMT to reinstate its commitment to the program. The GAMT was rolled out in six areas, namely: Camarines Sur; General Santos; Laguna; Negros Occidental; Magalang, Pampanga; and Subic. Over 20 kinds of saplings were planted throughout the year.
SM Foundation takes this initiative further by advocating the importance of not only planting but growing trees as well. Volunteers and the Peoples' Organizations (POs) who were involved in GAMT activities are guided on how to properly plant and care for the saplings. In addition to this, GAMT also generates jobs for POs by tapping them to help care, maintain and protect the trees for the next three years.
A total of 89,062 saplings were planted by 1,266 SM employees and affiliates in 2014. To date, 426,186 saplings have already been planted under the program.
To ensure the growth and care for the saplings, the DENR monitors the progress of the sites every three months in the next three years.
Haiyan (Yolanda) Rehabilitation Program
SM Foundation realizes that the road to recovery should be continuously sustained. This is why it has mobilized its many advocacies to help in its post-Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) rehabilitation efforts.