SMI’s partnership with our host communities has come a long way. As a responsible partner in community development, SMI has invested PhP1.2 billion to support the development initiatives of the local government units, tribal communities, and other partners in the public and private sectors.
These programs have translated into beautiful stories over the years. In the succeeding pages, we introduce to you real stories of real people who have experienced real change in their lives.
More of these inspiring stories will be featured in the maiden issue of Panag-uban, the annual community development magazine published by SMI, that is soon to be released this month.
My parents are farmers from Barangay Kimlawis, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur. We are five siblings, with me being the youngest. When I was young, my parents would worry about the future of my education because of financial constraints.
Through the barangay scholarship program funded by SMI, my family did not have to struggle to source my tuition fees. I was able to focus on my studies and examinations until I graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major in Marketing Management from Cor Jesu College in Digos City.
The program also helped me develop my personality. I used to be very shy and preferred to stay at home, but now, being a college graduate, I have discovered my potential.
I became active in community activities. Together with my co-SMI scholars, we organized activities to motivate and inspire the youth in our barangay.
The experience made me look at life in a positive way. I learned that despite the difficulties and the day-to-day challenges of a student, as long as you work hard, your dream is within reach. And for all the support I received, I am truly grateful.
Cristel Beturo, 21 years old was a beneficiary of SMI’s education support program through the barangay council of Kimlawis from high school to college. She earned her BS in Business Administration degree from Cor Jesu College in Digos City.