SMC spending P1 B to vaccinate employees

Published February 23, 2021, 5:21 PM

by James A. Loyola

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is spending close to P1 billion for a program to vaccinate all its 70,000 employees and extended workforce for free and help the country in its effort to build a collective defense against COVID-19.

In a statement, Tuesday, (Feb. 23), the firm said it has secured COVID-19 vaccine doses from various sources and is currently laying the groundwork for its COVID-19 vaccination strategy, through its “Ligtas Lahat” task force in coordination with relevant government agencies.

SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang

“Our program is in line with our core value of malasakit and aims to create a safe and healthy workplace so that we can further contribute to our country’s economic recovery,” SMC president Ramon S. Ang said. 

The vaccines will be administered to employees on a voluntary basis but Ang hopes that all eligible employees will sign up to be inoculated when the vaccine becomes available. 

“It is our civic duty and our best chance at protecting ourselves and those we love. It is the best thing we can do today to help contain this pandemic, protect the vulnerable, and help speed up economic recovery,” he said.

Ang added that the business sector will play an important role in vaccinating enough people to reach herd immunity. 

He said SMC will use vaccines that have complied with rigorous safety protocols and are authorized for emergency use by the Philippine Food and Drug Association (FDA).

Until the vaccine is widely available, Ang said the company will continue to strictly follow public health measures –wearing masks, physical distancing and good hygiene —to protect its workforce and minimize the spread of the virus.