SM Prime's Hans T. Sy was recently recognized
for his contribution to nation-building and resiliency in the country through
sustainability and disaster risk reduction at The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL)
Awards 2022, December 12, Manila.
The TOFIL Awards was first established in 1988
by the JCI Senate Philippines (JCISP). It was created with the intention of
institutionalizing public recognition of the exemplary achievements and
contributions to public welfare and community building of Filipinos 41 years of
age and older. Also dubbed the Filipino equivalent of the Nobel Prize, the
TOFIL Awards seeks to recognize truly outstanding Filipinos who have dedicated
themselves to serving the nation. The honorees are chosen based on the strength
of their character, the strength of their integrity and the impact of their
achievements in their field of work.
This year's TOFIL Awards follows the theme —
Resiliency in Rebuilding the Philippines; as such, Sy's recognition comes from
his success in integrating sustainability and resilience in the framework of
the SM Group's operations. Under Sy's leadership, SM has been a major player in
disaster relief efforts and community assistance through initiatives such as
the SM Yolanda Housing Program and COVID-19 vaccination programs. Sy has also
helped in the formation of the ARISE Philippine Network, which fosters more
public-private sector partnerships for capacity building, technological
innovation, and sustainability in underserved communities.
"My father, the late Henry Sy Sr., taught us a
multitude of lessons growing up, one of them being the importance of goodwill
and inclusivity. This evoked in me a passion for helping others and uplifting
their lives through sustainability, disaster preparedness, and infrastructure
resiliency programs at SM," said Sy, chairman of the Executive Committee at SM
Prime, in his acceptance speech." My firsthand experiences with disasters and
rehabilitation pushed me to strongly advocate for disaster resiliency in
everything we do across the SM Group, by placing sustainability and resiliency
at the core of our operations."
"I dream about having a resilient and
sustainable society that the next generations can benefit from, and I want you
to join me in that endeavor…where no one is left behind, and where everyone can
experience a safer, better future for us all," Sy concluded.