SM, Gawad Kalinga to build homes for Sendong survivors Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Gold Star Daily News
(26 March 2012) SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and Gawad Kalinga recently signed a memorandum of agreement to build a total of 300 homes in SM-GK Villages in Cagayan de Oro and Dasmariñas, Cavite. Two hundred homes will be built in Cagayan de Oro in SM's ongoing efforts for the rehabilitation of the victims of typhoon Sendong. Another 100 homes are earmarked for Dasmariñas, Cavite in a continuous effort of empowering communities towards self-reliance and sustainability.
The project brings together once again SM Prime Holdings, Inc. through its SM Cares Program and Gawad Kalinga in their joint efforts for improving the quality of living for poverty stricken families. These GK Villages will serve as physical platforms in putting together model communities guided by Gawad Kalinga's development model. The partnership will not only build homes but also highlight programs on infrastructure, community building, health, food sufficiency, child and youth development, the environment and social entrepreneurship.
These will be the second and third SM-GK Villages, respectively in the joint partnership. The fi rst SM-GK Village was built in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City in time for the celebration of SM City North EDSA's 25th anniversary; whose Breaking the Poverty Chain campaign received the International Council of Shopping Centers Foundation's Asia Community Award.
SM Prime Holdings president Hans Sy and Gawad Kalinga executive director Jose Luis Oquiñena recently formalized the partnership by signing the MOA at the SM Prime corporate offi ces in the Mall of Asia complex. SM Supermalls president Annie Garcia, vice-president for operations Glenn Ang, SM Prime vice-president Ryan San Juan, Gawad Kalinga partnerships manager Tito Cajulis and GK executive assistant Anela Reyes joined them in the event.