Foundation mobilizes medical missions


    AS part of the SM Group’s continued effort to bring aid to the victims of the Taal volcano’s unrest, SM Foundation, SM Retail, and Watsons partnered to launch a series of medical missions in Lipa, Batangas.

    The mission started at the Canossa Academy in Lipa last Friday, January 17, where the affected families, composed of kids, adults, and senior citizens were able to avail of free medical check-ups. The mobile clinic also offered free X-Ray and electrocardiogram (ECG) exams. The patients also received free medicine.

    A medical mission was also conducted at the Inosluban-Maraoay National HS on the same day. The following day, the medical mission was brought to the Batangas Provincial Sports Complex. On January 19, a medical mission is scheduled at the Bauan Technical High School.

    SM Retail and Watsons’ employees volunteered to distribute bottled water, masks, relief goods, and hygiene kits including shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, alcohol and sanitary pads.

    Through the donations of shoppers, The SM Store distributed to kids the toys collected from the “Share the Magic of Giving Donate A Toy” program.

    Residents of Batangas were the hardest hit of the Taal volcano’s unrest, which caused ash fall and earthquakes.

    SM Foundation has installed Operation: Express Tulong booths in the following SM malls: Bacoor, Dasmariñas, Molino, Rosario, TreceMartires, Imus, Sta. Rosa, San Pablo, Calamba, Batangas, Lipa, and Lucena to accept donations in kind.