FOR 70K EMPLOYEES: SMC to spend P1B on vaccines

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    San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is spending close to a billion pesos for a program to vaccinate all its 70,000 employees and extended workforce for free, the company said in a statement.

    SMC has secured COVID-19 vaccine doses from various sources under its “Ligtas Lahat” task force in coordination with government agencies.

    SMC president Ramon Ang said the vaccines will be administered to employees on a voluntary basis.

    Ang added SMC will use vaccines that have complied with rigorous safety protocols and are authorized for emergency use by the Philippine Food and Drug Association.

    “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,” Ang said.

    He added: “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 thi s 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.”

    Ang said that until the vaccine is widely available, the company 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.