SM Prime and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction commend women as disaster resilience leaders

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI) just recently made the announcement that it will be supporting the global hunt for women who are leaders in disaster resilience.

SMPHI continues to support the Women's International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (WIN DRR) Leadership Awards, a flagship program of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). This is the second year in a row that SMPHI is sponsoring the awards.

Liza B. Silerio, vice president for corporate compliance at SMPHI, stated that the support aligns with the organization's efforts to acknowledge women's leadership in disaster risk reduction. "This is very important for getting other women to act fully and effectively toward gender equality and women's empowerment, and for building our strength as a group."

Mami Mizutori, the UN Secretary-Special General's Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, expressed gratitude for the support, stating, "The awards highlight the key role of women as leaders and agents of change in building resilience and actively participating in the creation and implementation of DRR strategies, policies, plans, and programs in their regions. Their experiences illustrate the multiplicity of solutions necessary to address the converging challenges of accelerated climate change and natural disasters in the region." 

"We look forward to continuing our DRR relationship with SM," Secretary General Mizutori remarked.

After receiving 420 nominations from a total of 24 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the WIN DRR Excellence Awards 2022, which are sponsored by SM Prime, have narrowed their field down to 15 finalists. The name of the victor will be revealed at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will take place in Brisbane on September 21, 2022. A one-time prize of $10,000 USD will be given to a deserving female professional who has made outstanding contributions to disaster risk reduction.

The SM Prime Holdings social commitment toward the empowerment, resiliency, good health, and well-being of women is aligned with the WIN DRR relationship in a way that is compatible with this commitment. Corporate social responsibility is the job of SM Cares, a part of the company that gives money to programs that help these causes.

The Women's International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction, often known as WIN DRR, is a professional network that aims to support women who are working in the field of disaster risk reduction in all of its diverse forms. Its overarching objective is to improve the ability of women in Asia and the Pacific to assume leadership roles and to strengthen their voice in the region's disaster risk reduction decision-making. SM Prime and Asia Pacific College are the organizations that provide the power behind the WIN DRR Philippine Network.

SM Prime, under its SM CARES initiative, teamed with UNDRR earlier this year to celebrate women's empowerment through a webinar on the role of women in disaster resilience. Mizutori underlined in her keynote address that "women's equal involvement and leadership in public life, including disaster risk reduction, is necessary and essential to fulfill the United Nations' sustainable development goals."