8 food firms--all under Ramon Ang's SMC--gain DOLE 'safety seal'

Eight National Capital Region (NCR)-based food companies under the umbrella of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) have been given "safety seal" by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

SMC President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon S. Ang (File photo/ MANILA BULLETIN)

A statement from DOLE Wednesday, July 28 identified the eight SMC subsidiaries as San Miguel Foods, Inc.; Purefoods-Hormel Company Inc., Magnolia, Inc.; San Miguel Mills (head office and branch); Golden Bay Grain Terminal Corp.; San Miguel Food and Beverage, and San Miguel Super Coffeemix Co. Inc.

The seals are proof that the firms are deemed "safety compliant" by the government.

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III hailed the Ramon Ang-led corporation, saying it deserves recognition not only because it complies with government-sanctioned safety protocols but also because of its commendable employment process.

"Indeed, San Miguel Corporation’s safety compliance is truly commendable. However, it is more important to note that the company hires its employees directly and not from agencies,” Bello said.

SMC is one of the country’s largest and most diversified conglomerates, with businesses in the food and beverage, packaging, fuel and oil, power, and infrastructure industries.

The latest data from the DOLE-Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) showed that 110 safety certifications have been awared nationwide. Fourteen of the awardees are in the NCR.

“The SMC group is the second food company to qualify for the certification, and we are looking forward to awarding more safety certificates in the coming weeks,” DOLE-NCR Director Sarah Buena Miraflor said.

DOLE issues the safety seal for the manufacturing sector, construction sites, utilities (electric, water, gas, air conditioning supply, sewerage, waste management) information and communication companies (private publication, news, movie production, TV and radio companies), and warehousing sector.