Resilience to disasters, sustainability in the spotlight

Sharing the honors at the ribbon cutting were (LR) Glenn Ang, SVP of SM Prime Holdings, Inc; Steven Tan, President of SM Supermalls; Dr. Renato Solidum, Jr., Undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology and OIC of PHIVOLCS; Jeffrey Lim, president of SM Prime Holdings, Inc; and Real. Jose Patalinjug III, Regional Director of DOST-NCR at the launch of the multi-mall exhibition on the sustainability and resilience initiatives of SM Prime Holdings Inc. and DOST on February 24 at the SM Mall of Asia. The exhibition was launched simultaneously in SM City Baguio, SM City Bacolod and SM City Davao and will be open to the public until March 20, 2022. Photo source: SM

As part of its commitment to the community and the environment, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) in conjunction with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently launched a series of mall exhibits on sustainability and disaster resilience. The launch event was held on February 24 at SM Mall of Asia.

During the event, SM and DOST highlighted initiatives to promote sustainability and disaster resilience in the country, including those that are in line with the fight against climate change. Through the exhibit, the promoters aim to reiterate the importance of working together to create solutions to today’s most pressing environmental concerns.

In his message, DOST and OCI Undersecretary of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Dr. Renato Solidum mentioned how Filipinos repeatedly face the risk of natural disasters and effects of climate change in the country, affirming that our story should not just be one of survival, but one of becoming victorious over disasters. For this, continuous training on disaster resilience and sustainability is essential, he said.

”This project is proof of the fusion of science and the arts, with the aim of influencing our kababayans to be informed and to be prepared against disasters,” said Dr Solidum.

SM Supermalls President Steven Tan thanked DOST for its continued partnership with SM to promote a sustainable and disaster resilient Philippines. He also said that amid the country’s collective efforts to revitalize the economy, stakeholders should not forget about environmental preservation.

”As one of the nation’s leading integrated real estate developers, SM Prime Holdings takes its responsibility to the environment and the community seriously. While we emphasize the importance of ensuring livelihoods, business continuity and economic prosperity, it is equally – if not more important – that efforts to protect the environment are in place,’ Tan said.

SM Supermalls President Steven Tan visits the Undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology and Dr. Renato Solidum, Jr. of the PHIVOLCS OCI around the exhibit panels displayed at the launch of the event .  image source: SM
SM Supermalls President Steven Tan visits the Undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology and Dr. Renato Solidum, Jr. of the PHIVOLCS OCI around the exhibit panels displayed at the launch of the event . image source: SM

In addition to Tan and Dr. Solidum, the event featured SM Prime President Jeffrey Lim, SM Prime Senior Vice President Glenn Ang and DOST-NCR Regional Director Jose Patalinjug.

This exhibit showcases the sustainability and resilience initiatives of SM Prime Holdings Inc. and DOST.  The series was launched simultaneously in SM City Baguio, SM City Bacolod and SM City Davao and will be open to the public until March 20, 2022. Photo source: SM
This exhibit showcases the sustainability and resilience initiatives of SM Prime Holdings Inc. and DOST. The series was launched simultaneously in SM City Baguio, SM City Bacolod and SM City Davao and will be open to the public until March 20, 2022. Photo source: SM

The event is the first in a series of exhibitions planned over the next few weeks. After the launch event at SM Mall of Asia, the exhibition will travel to several other SM malls across the country.

To learn more about the exhibition and other SM Supermalls activities, visit its website and follow @smsupermalls on all social media platforms.

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