SMC donations to Marawi, other social dev't causes in Mindanao top P2.5 billion

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 21) — San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has donated a total of P2.52 billion pesos to social development projects in Marawi and the rest of Mindanao since 2017.

In a statement Wednesday, the diversified conglomerate said it donated P1.5 billion for a housing project for victims displaced by the Marawi conflict, and another P1 billion for families living near danger or conflict zones in Davao.

It also gave P21 million for the construction of a transient center for Armed Forces personnel assigned to the region, and P2 million to renovate a hospital and trauma center.

SMC said this may be "highest corporate social responsibility donation by any company in the history of Philippine business."

This does not include the P332 million total livelihood opportunities given to families of some 166 soldiers killed in action in the five-month-long war in Marawi.

SMC, through its San Miguel Foundation, has been a "consistent top donor" during major calamities since typhoon Ondoy struck and flooded parts of Metro Manila in 2009.

It donated over P1 billion for the construction of new houses in Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and Leyte after typhoons Yolanda and Sendong swept through the Visayas and Mindanao.

"At the time, it was considered to be the largest CSR spent by a Filipino company," SMC said.

Aside from this, SMC also spent some P192 million for education-related projects like scholarships and the construction of new classrooms.

SMC also donated P208 million for various causes covering disaster relief and the construction of hospital and infirmary facilities, as well as another P45 million for community clinics.

This, however, does not include "smaller" sustaining programs. Aside from the aforementioned projects, the corporation also deals with environmental projects like coastal cleanups and reforestation, and livelihood generation.