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SM Builds Seven Emergency Quarantine Facilities in Metro Manila

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SM, through SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), recently constructed seven (7) insulated emergency quarantine facilities (EQFs) in Pasay and Quezon City to house and treat patients affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Built by the SM Engineering Design and Development (SM EDD) team, and WTA Architecture and Design Studio, these include four facilities in Camp Crame and two facilities at the AFP Health Service Command – V. Luna in Quezon City; as well as one at the Air Force General Hospital – Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

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The interior of one of the Camp Crame facilities, which like the rest features beds, airconditioning units, ceiling fans, exhaust fans, restrooms, shower areas, and nurse lounges

Completed within a span of six to ten days, these feature a total of 156 beds, air conditioning units, ceiling fans, exhaust fans, restrooms, shower areas, and nurse lounges. The EQFs are set to accommodate COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms.

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Each bed in the Camp Crame EQFs has a built-in call system and patients will
have access to Wi-Fi connectivity

In the Camp Crame EQFs, each bed has a built-in call system and patients will have an access to Wi-Fi connectivity. PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa thanked SM Engineering Design and Development President Hans ‘Chico’ Sy Jr. and WTA Architecture and Designs for their contributions to the facility.

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SM EDD and WTA Architecture and Design Studio built four facilities in Camp Crame in Quezon City

Apart from contributing to the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, this social initiative also served as a platform for volunteeriSM for SM employees, especially those from SM EDD. Through the EQF project, SM EDD employees were able to volunteer their time and expertise in constructing the insulated EQFs, an initiative that has received encouragement and strong support from the President of SM EDD, Hans ‘Chico’ Sy Jr.

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One of two EQF built at the AFP Health Service Command – V. Luna in Quezon City

SMFI’s Leadership Team expressed gratitude to SM EDD volunteers for carrying out its purpose and commitment to provide EQFs to its partners in the uniformed service. “We have courageous employee volunteers from SM EDD, sharing their expertise and time amidst COVID-19. We’re proud to support their contribution during this time of incredible need,” the team added.

SM Foundation also thanked its partners, the Air Force General Hospital, AFP Health Service Command and the WTA Architecture and Design Studio, as “saving lives is critical during this pandemic.”

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The EQF at the Air Force General Hospital at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City

The building of insulated EQFs is one of SM’s initiatives in line with its commitment to be of service to the Filipino public, its hospitals, and government during the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier, SM, through SM Foundation donated over PHP170 million worth of personal protective equipment, testing kits, and intensive care unit (ICU-grade) ventilators to over 100 hospitals and medical institutions.

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The EQFs are set to accommodate COVID- 19 patients who are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms

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SM Foundation Gathers SM Scholars of Iloilo, Bacolod and Roxas

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SM Foundation scholars in Iloilo, Bacolod and Roxas City have gathered for their very first general assembly last October 20, 2019 at SM City Iloilo. The general assembly is an annual event for all college and technical vocational (techvoc) scholars under SM Foundation to interact and get to know one another, and to meet up with their mentors and benefactors.

The gathering began with a morning mass in SM City Iloilo’s main entrance, the venue where the regular Sunday mass in the mall is held. After the mass, SM Foundation Executive Director for Education Carmen Linda Atayde addressed the crowd, including the regular mallgoers in the mall, and emphasized that The SM Foundation’s Scholarship Program was established by the late Henry Sy Sr. because he believes that education is the best weapon to alleviate people from poverty.

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Added Atayde, SM Foundation already has over 3,000 college scholars and over 2,000 technical-vocational (tech-voc) scholars nationwide at present.

The SMFI tech-voc scholars from Don Bosco in Dumangas, Iloilo were also present together with Fr. Dindo Vitug and Fr. Allen Elevado.

The scholars then proceeded to the mall’s cinema 6 for the program wherein the SM Foundation Asst. Vice President Ling Lansang welcomed them and gave a brief overview of the general assembly.

The students were later made to watch short inspirational videos about the life of SM Founder Henry Sy, Sr.

The gathering was also an opportunity for the tech-voc scholars and the college scholars to know each other, as well as meet the alumni who are now professionals in their chosen fields.

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SM Scholars and alumni shared testimonies and inspirational messages about SM Foundation’s scholarship program and their stories of struggles and success along the way.

SM City Iloilo Mall Manager Gilbert Domingo and The SM Store Branch Manager Reina Donesa also shared their experiences working in SM as well as offer inspirational messages on how they hurdled the challenges to get to where they are now in their respective careers.

After the program, the scholars were given a treat as they cap the day with the movie Lion King.

Aspiring SM scholars can already avail of the SM College Scholarship Program online application for SY 2020-2021, which started last October 15 and will end until December 15, 2019.

Interested applicants can visit the SM Scholarship website for the qualifications, requirements, accredited courses, partner schools, and other information about the program: https://sm-foundation.org/programs/education

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SM Foundation set to open College Scholarship Applications

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SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) is set to open its online application for its college scholarship program this year.

Aspiring SM scholars can get ready for the opening of the SM College Scholarship Program online application for SY 2020-2021, which will start October 15, 2019.

The SMFI College Scholarship program is aimed at extending assistance to poor but deserving highschool students get a college education and build a better future for them and their families.

SM founder Henry Sy, Sr. believes that education is the best defense against poverty. SM Foundation provide college and technical-vocational scholarship grants as well as access to primary education through school buildings to help the youth achieve their dreams.

Interested applicants can visit the SM Scholarship website for the qualifications, requirements, accredited courses, partner schools, and other information about the program:
https://sm-foundation.org/programs/education

For inquiries, aspirants can also the contact the Education team at 857-0100 local 1688 / education@sm-foundation.org.

Apllication deadline is December 31, 2019

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