Letsgoph.com | The Filipino community was set to solemnly celebrate the Undas when Severe Tropical Storm Nalgae, locally called Severe Tropical Storm Paeng, hammered the Philippines and caused widespread damage.
According to the Philippines’ disaster agency, over two million people were affected by widespread flooding and landslides triggered by the heavy rains. It left thousands of houses damaged and many still in evacuation centers.
To respond to the needs of the typhoon victims, SM Foundation (SMFI) activated its Operation Tulong Express (OPTE) program and distributed relief goods or Kalinga packs to more than 8,800 affected individuals in over 40 hard-hit communities and barangays in Zamboanga City, Cagayan Valley, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Batangas, Camarines Sur, and Camarines Norte.
This recent OPTE run was led by SM employee-volunteers from SM Supermalls nationwide.
When disaster strikes, SM Foundation Inc (SMFI), together with SM Supermalls and SM Markets are committed in providing immediate relief to those affected by calamities through its Operation Tulong Express (OPTE). Since 2014, the program has distributed over 700,000 Kalinga Packs (relief packs) nationwide.