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Mindanao gets biggest share from SM Investment Corp. grant

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (11 September) -- Mindanao received the biggest share from the P1 M grant from SM Investments Corporation that it extends to deserving beneficiaries throughout the country.

During the Kapehan sa Dabaw on Monday, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) Manager Marilyn Moncada said some P392,000.00 was shared by Mindanao which will be apportioned to six provinces in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao and Sarangani.

Visayas and Luzon equally got P300,000.00 each for the purchase of educational facilities like computers and others and the rehabilitation of affected areas in the Bicol Region damaged by typhoon Reming.

In Mindanao the fund will be used to address the problem of lack of vaccine containment for immunization campaigns in some of Mindanao's depressed areas.

The SM Investment Corporations turned over cold chain facilities and coolers for communities needing health services.

The SM Cold Chain Facilities for Municipal Health Units (MHUs) is a project that supports health initiative in depressed areas by providing storage for vaccines to be used in the immunization of children in the provinces of ARMM and Sarangani.

Present in yesterday's turnover ceremony were Sarangani Province Governor Miguel A. Dominguez, Mayor Abdulkarim T. Langkuno of the Municipality of Paglas in Maguindanao Province, Rogelio Martinez, Board Member PBSP Mindanao Coordinator and Executive Director, C. Alcantara Foundation, Inc., and Debby A. Go, manager, SM City Mall of Davao.

The project implemented in partnership with the PBSP and local government units hopes to benefit at least 1,400 infants in seven of Mindanao's peace and development areas.

Moncada said infant mortality can be prevented through regular immunization and proper health care, hence the need for proper storage of vaccines and medicines to maintain its potency and effectiveness.

SM Investment Corporations provides 28 brand new refrigerators and 56 coolers to address the health related concern affecting MHUs in the ARMM and Saranganin Province. (PIA XI) [top]

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