An exemplary recognition

Congratulations to Hans Sy for being honored as a Xavier-Kuangchi Exemplary Alumnus for his active involvement in various charities and for his personal advocacy for disaster risk reduction and climate change resiliency in the Philippines.

Sy is the chairman of the executive committee of SM Prime Holdings and is also the sole Filipino ARISE (Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies) global member of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the co-chair of the National Resilience Council. ARISE Philippines is a network of the Philippine private sector companies that promote disaster resiliency in the country, which is especially vital during typhoon season.

Under Sy’s leadership, SM Prime was the first to join the new Adopt-A-City campaign, an innovative city-specific partnership model that will link the resources of private sector companies with the Local Government Units (LGUs), academic partners, and the communities themselves in transforming their climate and disaster risk landscapes and establishing their resilient LGU systems.

My co-alumnus from Xavier is the driving force in accounting for the risks of climate change and natural calamities in the design and construction of all SM structures, including 73 SM malls nationwide. I’m personally looking forward to more of his good work that will pave the way towards a disaster-resilient Philippines!