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Forum Focuses on Inclusive Emergency Response

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Manila – Persons with disabilities and older people were enlightened on the proper response to calamities especially earthquake and flooding during the Emergency Preparedness Forum 2019.

The forum is an initiative of SM Supermalls through SM Cares and is a yearly event aimed at supporting communities, especially the most vulnerable groups like the persons with disabilities and older people , to become more resilient and prepared in times of disasters.

From what used to be held in a single venue, SM Cares now brings the forum to five SM Malls nationwide which started on June 21 and will run until July 12. The project is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 11: To make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

It is projected that by 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities, making sustainability a critical priority. SM, together with government agencies and community members, are collectively engaged in pursuing objectives to make cities safer, more resource-efficient, resilient and inclusive.

The forum supports initiatives of ARISE Philippines of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. It aims to create risk-resilient societies by working with the private sector to incorporate DRR in the core of their business and stakeholder engagement.

SM continues to promote a barrier-free and disability-inclusive environment to ensure that SM becomes a place for all, and where everyone is cared for.

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