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How SM is helping communities prepare for floods

Published Jul 29, 2021 6:00 am Updated Jul 29, 2021 6:44 pm

The Philippines sees an average of 20 typhoons a year and is one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This makes disaster preparedness a vital part of Filipinos' lives.

Recognizing the importance of disaster resilience, SM has invested 10 percent of its capital to help communities stay safe and flood-free during calamities.

Flood-proofing a 200-homeowner community

Located in Antipolo City, SM City Masinag is built with a water catchment that can store 17,681-cubic meters of water—the same size as seven Olympic-size swimming pools. During the massive flooding caused by Typhoon Ulysses, the mall area, along with a village of 200 homeowners at Vermont Park Phase 1, remained safe and flood-free.

How does SM City Masinag minimize flooding? It collects rainwater from the mall’s roof deck, perimeter, and nearby communities, holds water to keep communities flood-free, and releases it out to the Muntingdilaw Creek or recycles it for non-potable use.
Serving as a safe haven

Sitting on 246 concrete stilts, SM City Marikina is built to withstand typhoons and rising water levels. When Typhoon Ulysses caused the Marikina River's water level to rise by 22 meters, thousands of residents took shelter in the mall's complex. Since Typhoon Ondoy in 2009, Marikina residents have found refuge in SM City Marikina.

Built to withstand flooding and water level rise, SM City Marikina sits on 246 stilts, serving as a safe haven for communities nearby.


Editor's Note: This article was provided by SM Supermalls as part of their Disaster Resilience program.