We’ve been reading a lot of news stories on how San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has been helping Filipinos during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apparently, the help it has been extending is only one part of the story. It has also been undertaking steps to help rebuild the lives of those who were once prone to danger, both natural and man made.
We refer to communities such as the San Miguel-Christian Gayeta Homes, a village put up by SMC on a 5.4 hectare property in Sitio Curba, Bgy. Castanas. Sariaya, Quezon. It is home to some 450 residents and their families who were relocated from coastal areas that were not only prone to being stricken by the elements but are likewise open to such dangers as COVID-19.
Each home in the village was built by SMC together with Fadz Design and Construction Inc. using Green Tough, a strong yet environment friendly material, which is said to be better than the usual concrete and hollow block. Each property sits on a 54sq.m. lot and has a bedroom, toilet and bath, dining area, and kitchen. Moreover, every resident that lives in this community owns the house and lot, which was given by SMC for free.
Besides this generous dole out, SMC has provided a source of livelihood and training for each member of the community. The conglomerate is even teaming up with TESDA to provide skills training.It is also putting up an agro-industrial complex that will house a brewery, feedmill, grains terminal, a ready-to-eat food manufacturing plant, and port facilities. All this is meant to provide sustainable livelihood to residents.
And during the pandemic, SMC has been providing food and other necessities to the community. This reduces their need to go to town and the market, in turn reducing their risk of contracting COVID-19. This, along with measures such as putting up of handwashing stations, wearing of face masks, and thermal scans, has helped keep them COVID free.
With communities and efforts like these, SMC looks forward to the day when our countrymen will live a more prosperous life.