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SMC flies high on its green focus, keeps Boracay Airport employees

San Miguel Corp. wants to contribute in achieving the goal of sustainable development by transforming the Boracay Airport into an eco-friendly gateway throughout the six month closure of the popular beach destination.

San Miguel Corp. wants to contribute in achieving the goal of sustainable development by transforming the Boracay Airport into an eco-friendly gateway throughout the six month closure of the popular beach destination.

Company president Ramon S. Ang assured that all workers of Boracay Airport would receive the same pay despite the shutdown of the island.

?We will retain all of them to make sure they have steady source of income during the closure,?Ang said.

SMC, through its Trans Aire Development Holdings Corp. (TADHC), holds the concession to operate the Boracay airport.

?The airport won?t be requiring full manpower while Boracay is totally closed to tourists so we are looking to encourage all our workers to help the government during the lull,? he said.

Ang said the closure would allow the company to further plan out how to turn Boracay Airport into a green gateway and augment government?s effort to rehabilitate the island and turn it into a sustainable tourist destination.

?We want this airport to exemplify what it is to be eco-friendly and sustainable. We want to send a clear message to visitors that here, we respect and take care of our environment; that they have a responsibility as well to do no harm to the environment,? he said.

The group is considering acquiring a fleet of electric shuttle buses to ferry passengers and cargo. It also plans to use fixtures that require less electricity and water, segregate water and increase green spaces and greenery throughout the airport complex.

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