Peter Besina never thought that SM would change his life.
The youngest of 4 siblings, Peter grew up in a simple home in Makati City. His parents, Pedro and Hilda Besina, worked as fish vendors who often faced challenges to make ends meet. Aware of this situation, Peter knew it would be difficult for his parents to send him through college. With determination to pursue his dreams, Peter decided to try out for the SM College Scholarship Program.
In 2008, Peter graduated magna cum laude from Asia Pacific College with a degree in Computer Science and Information Technology as an SM College Scholar. As part of SM Foundation College Scholarship Program, graduates are offered job opportunities within the group should they be interested to be part of SM. Without hesitation, Peter grabbed the opportunity to join SM Investments Corporation (SMIC) as an IT Supervisor.
“I decided to join SM after graduation, realizing its strength in terms of reputation, scale and brand. It was also my way of showing gratitude by accepting the job offer from the company that has sponsored my college education,” Peter shared passionately.
It has been 7 years now since Peter first joined SM. He has been enjoying his work, the camaraderie with his colleagues and the fruits of his labor as he has also been promoted to IT Officer rank. At home, Peter has grown to be a man that his family can depend on. He has been taking care of his mother since his father has passed away.
“Working with SM inspires me to be a man of good values more than anything else. SM became a vital venue of hope to claim a brighter future for myself and my family,” shares Peter. “Being a former SM scholar helps a lot in enabling optimism which I presently hold, not only in work, but in life as well.”
Peter, indeed has come a long way. From the young boy who dreamt of a better life, he now stands as an independent capable man with a thriving career in IT as a systems, applications and programs support engineer.