81 DSWD-identified families in Sagay City received aid from SM Foundation’s Operation Tulong Express program. In cooperation with the City Government of Sagay, SM Foundation, SM City Bacolod and SM Supermarket distributed food and clothing to the flood victims whose homes were totally damaged due to continuous heavy rains in Northern Negros last December 27.
Ceremonial distribution of relief goods to Barangay Fabrica in Sagay City Negros Occidental – (Left to right) Barangay Kagawads Helen Dimavibas, Thelma Pilla, Erman Astorga, Sagay Tourism Office’s personnel Tina Cuaycong, Leoneza Lobaton, DSWD officers Thelma Sumbi, Janice Cajulao, Barangay Captain Merle Demavibas, SM Assistant Mall Manager Julia Javellana, Public Relations Officer Lorena Martinez, Marketing Officer Nep Grandea and Operations Assistant Billy Martinez
Fabrica Barangay Captain Merle Dimavibas talks to the flood victim
The 28 beneficiaries from Barangay Fabrica in Sagay City
Through the support Barangay Captain Merle Dimavibas, 28 beneficiaries from Barangay Fabrica were gathered at the Barangay Hall where the goods were distributed by SM Assistant Mall Manager Julia Javellana, Public Relations Officer Lorena Martinez, Marketing Officer Nep Grandea and Operations Assistant Billy Martinez. 53 beneficiaries in Barangay Paraiso likewise benefited from the relief distribution led by Paraiso Barangay Captain Eufemio Doronila.
Ceremonial distribution of relief goods to Barangay Fabrica in Sagay City Negros Occidental – (Left to right) SM Operations Assistant Billy, Marketing Officer Nep Grandea, Public Relations Officer Lorena Martinez, Assistant Mall Manager Julia Javellana, Barangay Captain Eufemio Doronila, DSWD officers Janice Cajulao, Thelma Sumbi and Leoneza Lobaton.
According to Sagay City DSWD Social Welfare Officer II Janice Cajulao, Sagay was one of the worst-hit areas in Negros Occidental province with over 1,000 families from six barangays affected when Himogaan River overflowed. In behalf of Sagay City Mayor Leo Rafael M. Cueva and DSWD Social Welfare Officer Concepcion Javellana, Cajulao thanked SM Foundation for the assistance it extended to the Sagaynons.
Furthermore, SM Foundation turned over additional relief goods donated to Cajulao which the City Government of Sagay may give to other affected residents. She expressed that these will be distributed to flood victims whose houses were likewise damaged by flood.
SM Foundation’s Operations Tulong Express is an SM group-wide effort that responds to calamity. Aside from SM Group of Companies, this program also urges SM shoppers to get involved through donation which can be dropped off in booths located in SM Supermalls nationwide.