L-R: SM Foundation Executive Director Deborah Sy, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rex Gatchalian, Pasay City Mayor Hon. Emi Calixto-Rubiano, and SM Supermalls President Steven Tan, together with 4th District Representative – Rizal Hon. Juan Fidel Felipe Nograles (back left) and Tingog Party List Representative Hon. Jude Acidre (back right) lead the ribbon cutting during the launch of DSWD’s new Sustainable Livelihood Program, titled “Sibol”.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), signed by SM Supermalls President Steven Tan and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rex Gatchalian, served as a seal of commitment to expand SM’s Government Services Express nationwide. SM will provide the venue to make DSWD programs and services more accessible to Filipinos in the malls, starting with 21 locations.
The MOA was signed during the launch of DSWD’s new Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), titled “Sibol,” which is a five-year enhancement program that will improve the well-being of the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized households by providing access to livelihood assets and resources. The launch also showcased exhibit products and commodities by all SLP beneficiaries.
For almost three decades, SM Supermalls has been a staunch supporter of DSWD’s SLP for the benefit of the Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (CIDSS) and Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) beneficiaries.
SM Supermalls President Steven Tan mentioned that through the SM Sunday Market Project in over 30 malls, the 28,500 Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) farmers who were trained by SM Foundation and DSWD can sell their produce and become self-sufficient agri-preneurs.
The joint partnership of SM and the DSWD extends into disaster relief, adoption awareness, and empowerment of vulnerable sectors such as women, children, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities.
“SM Supermalls commits to looking after our communities, especially the disadvantaged, and we share DSWD’s goal for a more sustainable future for all where no one is left behind,” said Mr. Tan.
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