SMC to spend nearly P1B to vaccinate all 70,000 employees

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has budgeted close to P1 billion to innoculate all its 70,000 employees and extended workforce against COVID-19.

“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 and COO Ramon S. Ang, said.

SMC has secured COVID-19 vaccine doses from various sources which are authorized for emergency use by the Philippine Food and Drug Assocition.

Ang said the vaccines would be administered to employees on a voluntary basis but hopes all employees choose 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, adding that the business sector will play an important role in vaccinating enough people to reach herd immunity.

Pending the arrival of the vaccine, SMC 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.

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