The San Miguel Corporation (SMC) continues to help displaced fishermen in its new sustainable and disaster-resilient community in Sariaya, Quezon maintain their livelihoods, by handing them over 36 fishing boats.
The company said the donation would benefit some 69 fishermen, who lived in risk areas that will be part of SMC’s planned investment in the 352 million peso agro-industrial complex in Sariaya, Quezon.
They are part of the residents of the gated community of 450 homes built and funded by SMC, San Miguel – Christian Gayeta Village.
“We are committed to helping our fishing families in Sariaya build a better life for themselves by giving them their own homes, providing them with continuing vocational training, resources and building facilities for them that will improve their livelihoods,” SMC Chairman Ramon Ang said.
He added: âThis model of ours of providing housing, livelihoods and training and opportunities has proven its worth. The only difference is that we are working to keep improving it, and today the village of San Miguel-Gayeta is our model of a sustainable village – thanks to the help of the inhabitants, the local government and other stakeholders. .
The modern and state-of-the-art integrated agro-industrial complex planned by SMC in Sariaya, Quezon will include facilities meant to boost the manufacturing, agriculture and food production sectors as a whole – seen as essential to improving the country’s resilience in this period of pandemic.
These include a brewery, a grain terminal, a feed plant, a ready-to-eat feed manufacturing plant, a high-tech poultry facility, a park fuel tanks and port facilities.
Ang said the resident-recipients of the fishing boat donation have long been in the fishing business, but have not been able to buy their own boats or have had to sell their boats due to poverty or lack of resources.
The donation consists of 33 large fishing boats, which will be jointly owned by two fishermen, and three small ones for sole owners.
The boats are just the latest assistance provided by SMC to families in the village, which includes the construction of various livelihoods and vocational training programs.
âFishing is still a primary source of income for many residents of our housing community. That’s why we built them their own fisherman’s wharf last year and started the Boat Donation Program, to help them make their dream of finally owning boats come true. This will allow them to earn more and bring their daily catch to their families and meet the food needs of the housing community and surrounding areas of Sariaya, âAng said. (James A. Loyola)
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