SM elevated to Apolinario Mabini Awards Hall of Fame

Underscoring that good works will never go unnoticed, the SM Supermalls Program on Disability affairs – under its corporate social responsibility arm SM Cares – was awarded the first ever Presidential Hall of Fame Award during the Apolinario Mabini Awards 2015 ceremonies held in Malacañang Palace.

Recognition was likewise given to 10 SM malls and stores for their outstanding contributions in advancing the rights and welfare of People with Disabilities (PWDs) under the PWD –Friendly Establishment Category.

President Benigno Aquino III presented the Presidential Hall of Fame Award  to the SM team together with Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled president Manuel Agcaoili and awards chairperson Mila Drilon. Joining them are SM Supermalls president Annie Garcia, SVP for Operations Steven Tan and VP for Operations & Program Director for SM Cares Program on Disability Affairs Bien Mateo.  

SM Aura Premier garnered a silver award, while SM City Clark, SM North EDSA, SM Cauayan, SM Bacolod and SM BF Parañaque all received bronze awards.

SM Makati and SM Tarlac also received bronze awards for their PWD-friendly supermarkets as did SM Mezza for its Savemore outlet. SM Pampanga meantime was given a special award.

The Apolinario Mabini Awards is spearheaded by the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (PFRD), named after Apolinario Mabini, also known as the “sublime paraplegic” for his outstanding contribution to the Philippine Revolution despite his disability.

PFRD has long recognized SM’s pioneering programs in supporting PWDs, honoring the company with numerous PWD Friendly Establishment Awards that are given to businesses, buildings or facilities that are fully accessible to PWDs. These include providing the required architectural features in accordance with law such as ramps, handrails, toilets, elevators, telephones and automated teller machines accessible to people with disability.

SM malls have earned the reputation of being the most PWD-friendly malls in the country, setting the bar on serving people with disabilities by providing them with easy access and convenience.


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