The SM group aided over 350 displaced families in Calaca, which is one of the several smaller towns previously unreached by the relief efforts.
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SM continues to send relief assistance to remote towns in Batangas
none (Philstar.com) - January 23, 2020 - 5:23pm

BATANGAS, Philippines — The SM group, led by SM Supermalls Chief Operating Officer Steven Tan, joined the relief operations for Taal eruption victims at the Calaca Central School evacuation center in Batangas on Wednesday.

The SM group, together with its partners and affiliates, and broadcast journalist Karen Davila, aided over 350 displaced families in Calaca, which is one of the several smaller towns previously unreached by the relief efforts. It currently houses evacuees from Lemery.

Recently, Tan appeared on a news program and talked about the SM group's disaster relief and recovery efforts in Batangas after the eruption, through its Oplan Tulong Express program in partnership with the SM Foundation, SM Cares, and the Philippine National Red Cross.

SM Supermalls Chief Operating Officer Steven Tan, who led the relief operations, with broadcast journalist Karen Davila. 
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He also encouraged members of the private sector to extend assistance to affected areas and to their respective employees who are gravely affected by the calamity.

Tan also called the support of everyone to drop off in-kind donations at the designated Oplan Tulong Express booths in 12 SM malls in South Luzon, namely Bacoor, Dasmariñas, Molino, Rosario, Trece Martires, Imus, Santa Rosa, San Pablo, Calamba, Batangas, Lipa, and Lucena.

SM ensured the safety and recovery of its workforce by reaching out to SM employees from the affected areas and made sure that their families are given relief assistance.

Children staying at the Calaca Central School evacuation center in Batangas receive toy bears on Wednesday.
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SM Center Lemery in Batangas has been closed since January 13, but its employees were absorbed by nearby SM malls in Batangas City and Lipa City.

As part of its business continuity programs, SM’s disaster recovery center in Clark has copies of important business documents for tenants, especially MSMEs, to retrieve and use for insurance claims and other operational requirements.

The SM group, along with its affiliates and partners, has given over 23,000 relief packs to evacuation centers in over 50 towns and barangays in Batangas and now reaching centers in Cavite and Laguna.

Everyone can drop off in-kind donations at the designated Oplan Tulong Express booths in 12 SM malls in South Luzon.
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For updates and announcements, visit www.smsupermalls.com or its Facebook page @smsupermalls.

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