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Malasakit Garden: SMC to build urban farm within its Ortigas HQ

Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. is converting a patch of its outdoor space at its head office in Ortigas into small urban farms to provide employees with support and resources to start farming.

Under the program, interested employees and workers doing support jobs will be given a plot of land in SMC’s Malasakit Garden to help boost their livelihood.

SMC has partnered with non-profit firm SEED Philippines to teach support staff on planting.

The employees can either bring home their harvest to augment food supply or sell these for a profit at the Malasakit Garden Farmers market stall to be set up at the SMC complex.

“In this time of pandemic, many Filipinos are looking for ways to earn extra income, or at the very least, make sure they have sufficient supply of food. Realizing the importance of food security, many are also exploring growing their own food. That is why we thought of this simple project to help our maintenance workers, as well as our own employees,” said SMC president Ramon S. Ang.

Ang hopes more businesses will be encouraged to transform urban spaces into functioning ecological spaces and help agriculture flourish.

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