SM, DSWD ink pact for sustainable livelihood
From L to R: Ms Deborah P. Sy, SMFI Executive Director and Trustee; Hon. Juan Fidel Felipe Nograles, Rizal 4th District Representative; Hon Rex Gatchalian, DSWD Secretary; Hon. Jude Acidre, Tingog Party List Representative; Hon. Emi Calixto-Rubiano, Pasay City Mayor; Mr. Steven T. Tan, SM Supermalls President
SM Supermalls sealed a partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to launch their new Sustainable Livelihood Program titled “Sibol” on Friday at the SM Mall of Asia.
The Sibol Program will enhance ways to improve the well-being of the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized households by providing access to livelihood assets and resources as the launch showcased exhibit products and commodities by all SLP beneficiaries.
For almost three decades, SM Supermalls has been a staunch supporter of DSWD’s sustainable livelihood program for the benefit of the Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services and Self-Employment
SM Supermalls president Steven Tan said that through the SM Sunday Market Project in over 30 malls, the 28,500 KSK farmers who were trained by SM Foundation and DSWD can sell their produce and become self-sufficient agri-preneurs.
The agreement — signed by Tan and DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian — served as a seal of commitment to expand SM’s Government Services Express nationwide to provide a venue to make DSWD programs and services more accessible to Filipinos through satellite offices in the malls, starting with 21 locations.
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.
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