The powerful and catastrophic tropical cyclone struck last December, packing winds of up to 250 kilometres per hour, and leaving tens of thousands of families without electricity, water, food, and shelter.
Among the worst affected were the central Philippines provinces of Bohol and Cebu—home to Cherryl Mendoza and Cyril Gumapac, junior architects at SMEC. Cherryl’s family residence was severely damaged, while Cyril, who was in Manila when the calamity struck, rushed to check on his parents afterwards to find their home destroyed.
The roof of Cherryl’s family residence in Cebu damaged by Typhoon Rai.
Cyril, junior architect at SMEC, pictured outside his parents’ totally destroyed house in Bohol in Typhoon Rai’s aftermath.
In line with SMEC’s policy to assist employees affected by natural disasters, our corporate social responsibility committee in Southeast Asia acted swiftly to disburse urgent financial aid to repair electrical and structural damage to Cherryl’s family residence and to buy construction materials to help rebuild Cyril’s family house.
The emergency cash assistance for Cherryl and Cyril was organised by SMEC’s Corporate Social Responsibility committee in Southeast Asia. Also present at the virtual turnover ceremony were Adrian Mendoza (CSR Representative Philippines), Ricardo Yuzon Jr (Country Manager SMEC Philippines), Ferdinand Lucero (SMEC SEA CSR Committee Secretariat) and Phillip San Jose (SEA CSR Committee Chairperson).
On 25 March 2023, Chief Minister of Assam, Mr Himanta Biswa Sarma and Singapore’s High Commissioner to India, Mr Simon Wong, jointly inaugurated the first SMEC office in Guwahati.
It was an excellent evening at The Eveleigh in Sydney on Thursday, 23 March, where industry professionals came together to celebrate the best in the business at the Consult Australia Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner.
This month SMEC mobilised a multi-disciplinary team to commence supervision of the rehabilitation and upgrading of buildings, runway and ancillary services of Shinyanga regional airport in northern Tanzania. The airport runway is predominantly gravel and grass measuring 2 km long and 30 m wide.
Together with the Shahid Afridi Foundation, we were motivated to enhance and improve the quality of life for the residence of Lora Miana, Mulagori. The newly built filtration plant will encourage the community to adopt healthy habits, provide safe drinking water, and protect the more vulnerable from the risks of water-related hazards.