The shelter project by SM Prime for the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) earned recognition from the Albert Sussman International Community Support Award of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Foundation.
The award was conferred during the Global Retail Real Estate Convention (RECon) held last May 20, 2018, in Las Vegas.
The Albert Sussman International Community Support Award is considered as the highest honor in the community support award program of the ICSC Foundation, a global trade association of the shopping center industry.
The award was intended to acknowledge outstanding humanitarian work of the retail industry players in the community and recognizes the industry’s most innovative and impactful initiatives, including outstanding community support programs of institutions, social responsibility, and community outreach efforts by retail establishments, their management companies, or retailers.
Last year, SM Cares also received recognition from ICSC Global Awards 2017 for Asia-Pacific in an awarding held in Bangkok, Thailand, October 24, 2017.
The award will allow CFC-ANCOP to receive an additional financial grant from the ICSC Foundation as the NGO partner of SM Cares.
SM Prime Executive Committee Chairman Hans T. Sy spearheaded the SM Cares Housing Project with a total of 1,000 shelter units donated in areas that were heavily-hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November 2013.
The housing project was jointly undertaken by SM and its service providers, tenants, employees, and selected communities who all pitched in to build disaster-resilient shelters.
SM likewise worked with several NGO partners for its community development with livelihood and values formation activities integrated into the program. The shelters were then turn-over to the beneficiaries for free.
Hans Sy said that “the award is a recognition of the valuable contribution of our partners and hundreds of volunteers who painstaking contributed in rebuilding communities and making it as vibrant as they are today.”
The mall giant believed that the award served as a testament to the courage and resiliency of the human spirit in the face of the biggest tragedy.
“We have shown to the world how people could bounce back after a tragedy and how communities composed of strangers could thrive and grow together with the help of well-meaning groups and advocates,” Sy said.
Sy also underscored that the award will serve as the company’s inspiration to continue the work as stewards of the communities where their malls operate are also located.
This project has made us proud, said Sy, “because it showed bayanihan at its best with people working together in order to uplift the lives of our fellow Filipino who were impacted by the disaster and rebuild their lives and communities for the better.”
There were a total of 1,000 houses created by SM cares for Super Typhoon Yolanda survivors in the Visayas. These villages were located in Bogo, Cebu (200 houses), Concepcion, Iloilo (200 houses), Tacloban (400 houses0, and Ormoc (200 houses).