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).
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.