San Miguel to Continue to Produce Food; Supply to Public Hospitals and Government Centers
SMC President Ramon Ang cited the need to ensure the accessibility of food.
As the country grapples with the impact of COVID-19 and Metro Manila’s lockdown officially takes effect, San Miguel Corporation is stepping up its social responsibility efforts. As one of the biggest producers and distributors of food, beverages, fuel, oil, infrastructure, and power in the country, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) will now be donating free food and alcohol to those who need it.
Food for Health Workers and Those in Need
According to SMC President Ramon Ang, the conglomerate will be distributing food donations to the most affected and vulnerable communities: the poor or daily wage earners who will lose their income for a month and the frontliners—healthcare workers, hospitals, government workers, to name a few—who will be facing the virus head on.
Prior to the community quarantine announcement, thousands resorted to panic-buying—soon supplies of alcohol, soap, canned goods, tissue paper, and other necessities were wiped clean from grocery shelves. However, Ang emphasizes, “Panic has no purpose at this time.” The SMC head reassured the public that the food supply will not run out as SMC has “the capability to produce enough for everybody and deliver to supermarkets.”
SMC’s food manufacturing facilities will be operating 24/7, while adopting necessary health measures, in order to produce enough food.
“This isn’t about making profits. We have a responsibility to make sure that food is made available to as many people as possible,” said Ang.
SMC will also be producing 70% ethyl alcohol at one of its facilities, with plans to distribute the product for free to the local government units in need. This will address the shortage of alcohol in all stores across the capital and beyond.
According to Ang, he’s also looking to donate disinfectant powder to LGUs and alcohol in 20-liter containers up to 1,000-liter tote tanks for the disinfection of hospitals, government facilities, and public areas.
For now, SMC is focusing on getting the government green light to produce and distribute these products for public use.
“We are in a race against time to try and stop the spread of COVID-19,” explained Ang. “Our government and healthcare frontliners need all the support and help they can get.”
Work-From-Home and Salary for Employees
Meanwhile, its fuel, power, and infrastructure subsidiaries (Petron Corporation, SMC Global Power Holdings Corp., and SMC Infrastructure) will continue to operate as normal.
A majority of SMC offices in Metro Manila have since adopted a work-from-home scheme, while Ang stated that all SMC employees will still receive their monthly income despite the circumstances.
This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Spot.ph editors.