You must feel very lucky right now if you work for San Miguel, knowing hindi ka pupulutin sa kangkungan anytime soon amid this Covid-19 crisis. Others aren’t as fortunate. 

This is because your big boss Ramon Ang in a statement said that San Miguel (SMC) has committed to grant full-time pay to all its employees and extended workforce as the ECQ remains in effect, even as it works round the clock mobilizing resources to help address the larger societal and economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. SMC released full compensation with benefits amounting to over P3 billion for all its 66,557 employees, consultants and contract workers.

“These are trying times and while we, as a company, are not immune to the challenges of this crisis, the safety and security of our workforce will always come first. We do not want them worrying about their jobs,” SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang said.

To encourage all SMC employees to carry on amid the looming fear of the virus, boss Ang said: “I am truly proud of the hard work that you, most especially our front liners, have been doing in the midst of the challenges: delivering essential goods and services that are critical in this battle. Please continue to adopt our malasakit mindset and focus on what we, as individuals, can do to make a difference, because many are counting on us.”

San Miguel could have also saved cash by availing of a government tax amnesty offer but they said, ‘no, we got your back” by setting aside P11.67 billion in tax, concession and contractual payments to make available funds needed to respond to the pandemic. 

All we can say is: sana all.