By Mheya Espiritu
In line with SM’s Corporate Social Responsibility to help the community employees of SM Center Angono and SM City Taytay, in partnership with Municipality of Angono, held a program for Senior Citizens of Angono through Employee Volunteerism Program: Serve more love for the elderly held last Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Angono Forest Park.
Senior citizens joined the volunteers in a morning exercise as their first activity. They then proceeded to participate in parlor games and then enjoyed their breakfast while being serenade by the Costumer Service Relationship Central Band or CRS Central Band after their first game. Volunteer employees also presented intermission numbers for all the senior citizens. The event concluded with gifts given to every senior citizen.
Senior AVP for Operations at SM Supermalls Ronald Allan Brosas said employee volunteerism is part of the regular activities under SM Cares, a division of SM foundation.
“Marami siyang activities. Meron kaming Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan. Meron kaming for PWDs. Meron kaming for the environment. This activity, particularly, is for employees. We want them to be engage in corporate social responsibility para ma-align sa objective ng buong program,” said Brosas.
He added that they want the program to be purely voluntary. Employees must initiate their participation in the activity.
“To make the whole program positive kailangan empleyado ang volunteer. We’re not assigning them. They wake up early to be here to assist. We want them doing the activity as a natural way of helping people,” said Brosas.
Head of Angono Office of Senior Citizen Affairs Lita Bartolome expressed her gratitude to SM for their program to help.
“Napakasaya para sa aming mga senior citizen lalo na dahil hindi nila inaasahan ang mga gantong pabuya. Yung mga bata lang ang nag-se-celebrate ng birthday pero sa kanila ito ay para na ring birthday dahil may regalo pa sila pag-uwi. At saka unexpected dahil first time,” said Bartolome.
The program started with an opening prayer led by Janice de Guzman Leasing Officer of SM Taytay. Maureen Fernandez Mall Manager of SM Taytay delivered the welcome remarks.