Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has built a livelihood center to ensure sustainable livelihood and business opportunities for close to 500 families living in the future site of the New Manila International Airport (NMIA).
The newly-launched San Miguel Aerocity Inc. (SMAI) Livelihood Center in Bulakan, Bulacan is a partnership with the Bulacan provincial office of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Gintong Aral Foundation.
It will allow those who used to reside at the NMIA project site to avail of training support and immediately apply the skills they have learned to earn a stable income for their families at the livelihood center.
“Our continuing efforts to engage residents and local officials in Bulakan has allowed us to fine-tune our existing livelihood restoration programs, as well as come up with new initiatives that will adapt to their needs,” SMC president and chief executive officer Ramon S. Ang said.
“With these, we can better ensure that the economic growth that the NMIA will bring in the coming years, will be inclusive and will be felt by Bulacan residents and the rest of the country,” he added.
Aside from the launch of a livelihood center a consumers’ cooperative was also formally established with assistance from Gintong Aral.
SMC said residents organized themselves into a consumer cooperative to run the facility, which will feature a coffee shop, a spa, a sewing room, and several training areas to help equip other members of the community with practical skills to increase their chances of employment and also success in individual business ventures.
“We want to put our residents in a position to succeed through sustainable ventures that will ensure that they will be able to provide sustainably for their families. It is not enough that we provide skills and help them develop their entrepreneurial mindset,” Ang said.
“By pooling their resources together through a cooperative setup, each member claims a stake in their collective success,” he added.