SMEC recently handed over a cash donation to the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE), a non-government organisation dedicated to older people’s health and well-being in the Philippines. The assistance will focus on improving access and conditions for abandoned, homeless older women in COSE’s group home in Bulacan, Central Luzon.
COSE’s group home in Bulacan is close to the ongoing Manila International Airport Land Development Project, where SMEC is providing construction management services in collaboration with parent firm Surbana Jurong.
Since it was founded in 1989, COSE has been working to uphold the rights of indigent, older people and promote recognition of the sector, while respecting cultural diversity, encouraging gender equality, and nurturing potential. Its group home concept is based on the idea of “aging in one’s own place”, where marginalised and elderly people continue to be part of, and contribute to, the community.
Formerly caring for 25 abandoned or neglected older women, decreased resources have led to capacity constraints in COSE’s Bulacan group home, which also needs to be repaired and repainted due to years of wear and tear.
Supporting poverty reduction by improving the conditions of socially and economically disadvantaged communities, the initiative aligns with SMEC’s corporate social responsibility program. Our donation will be used to purchase assistive devices (including crutches and wheelchairs) and replace furniture in the living area. It will also contribute to general maintenance.
Elderly women pictured at a deteriorated COSE Group Home facility in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.
The Tbilisi Development Fund has engaged SMEC to develop the Dighomi floodplain rehabilitation strategy. The Dighomi Floodplain is an area of special conservation interest, which includes riparian forest, protected Otter habitat and other unique flora and fauna ecosystems that have been assessed as critical by the International Finance Corporate Performance Standard.
SMEC has been contracted by Electricidade De Timor-Leste (EDTL) for the role of Project Supervision Consultants for the Power Distribution Modernisation Project in Timor-Leste. Supported by a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the project aims to assist EDTL in modernising the country’s power distribution system and strengthening institutional capacity.
Geotechnics will play a key role in helping our society achieve a safe, prosperous and sustainable future. Recent droughts have resulted in a need for more dam design and construction. Recent rainfall has resulted in extensive slop failures impacting our roads, rail and urban infrastructure. Energy transformation is driving large scale solar, wind and pumped hydro construction. These projects will all require geotechnical input to future plan for our communities.
Richard Parsons, one of SMEC’s key leaders in Social Value and Engagement is presenting on their technical paper ‘Considering Social Impact Assessment from a public interest perspective - some critical questions’ at the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand 2023 Impact Assessment Symposium in Canberra.