San Miguel Corporation reported that over 100 former residents of its Bulacan airport site are eyeing to become micro entrepreneurs under a program it announced recently.

SMC said it will provide the former Taliptip coastal residence with training and capital to become the company’s business partners, as community resellers of the food and beverage giant’s products. 

The program is part of a host of financial, housing, skills training, and livelihood assistance given by SMC to former settlers at the future site of its P740 billion Manila International Airport project.

“As we committed to our Taliptip relocatees, our assistance to them does not stop at helping them build new concrete homes on safe ground, in land that they own,” said SMC president Ramon S. Ang.

SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang

He added that, “For most of the past year, we have been continuously providing them skills and livelihood training and job opportunities. This reseller program represents our next-level effort to help ensure they will have better and more sustainable income.”

Ang said the company also continues to aggressively pursue livelihood training for all relocatees whether under its partnership with TESDA—which enables beneficiaries to work at the airport or put up small businesses to support the project–or its community training program, which aims to enhance their ability to earn from local industries such as seafood processing, among others. 

“Even as we work on the bigger task at hand, which is to help bring economic development not just to Bulacan and but for our whole country, by investing in a world-class international airport and its infrastructure network, we are equally focused on making sure our communities will not be left behind, and in fact, can be empowered to be part of growth and at the same time sustainably provide for their families,” Ang said. 

Under the community reseller program, SMC will provide the initial inventory of Purefoods and Magnolia frozen products, equipment to qualified relocatees, who will be formed into cooperatives with the help of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). SMC will also train relocatees in running the business.  

So far, 180 relocatees have signified their interest in joining the program. A total of 48 individuals have already undergone a two-day entrepreneurship training. Succeeding batches are also set to take the same seminar. 

“While capital is important in any business, it is vital to provide entrepreneurship training to our resellers, to ensure that they are successful in running and growing their small businesses. With the help of our experienced business mentors, we orient our resellers on key entrepreneurial skills they will need,” Ang said. 

He noted tjat, “We show them how to prepare their business plan, give them knowledge about financial literacy, including bookkeeping and accounting, and teach them marketing strategies. We also assist them in finding the right location in their respective communities.”

Ang cited the success of the initial community store handled by former Sitio Kinse residents at their new housing community in Barangay Bambang, also in Bulakan. 

Source: Manila Bulletin (