SM has contributed P100 million to Project Ugnayan, a multisector COVID-19 poverty relief initiative. This is in addition to the P170 million in medical supplies donated to over 50 hospitals nationwide.
Project Ugnayan aims to bring much-needed support to over 1.5 million families affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The project is an assembly of local corporations, the government, and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF). It aims to fund aid to urban poor residents in Greater Metro Manila and nearby provinces. The project has raised over P1.6 billion pledges from more than 30 participating corporations.
Furthermore, Project Ugnayan has tapped into Caritas Manila’s Project Damayan for the distribution of supermarket vouchers to underprivileged families. It has also enlisted the help of the Asian Development Bank and the Government’s Bayan, Bayanihan Project for the distribution of food packages.