SMC named top employer at 2021 Asia CEO Awards

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14) — San Miguel Corporation (SMC) was named "Top Employer of the Year" at the 2021 Asia CEO Awards - besting other major conglomerates in the country.

"As one of the largest companies in the Philippines, we know we have a responsibility to use our resources to help rebuild lives and our economy, better. Despite the uncertainties, we keep pushing to help our country recover," SMC president Ramon Ang said in a video message.

Ang also said he dedicates the award to the employees of SMC and its various subsidiaries, who have been working hard despite the continued threat of COVID-19.

SMC's Ligtas Lahat vaccination task force has so far been able to vaccinate 90% of the company's employees and extended workforce in the entire country. The company is seeking to complete the vaccination program by November.

SMC was also the first private company to set up its own RT-PCR testing laboratory to regularly test employees and ensure the safety of the workplace.

According to the Asia CEO Awards, the Top Employer of the Year award is given to any Philippines-based organization that has "achieved important employer success while overseeing a business enterprise either within Philippines or outside of it."

Criteria for the award are management achievement, workplace enhancement, recognition, talent development, social commitment, and work-life balance.

"We remain steadfast in our commitment to help in the country's recovery from the pandemic and we pay tribute to our employees for helping us achieve our goals," Ang said.

After the vaccination of its employees, SMC will focus on helping underprivileged sectors.

"With the full vaccination of our employees completed before the year ends, we are confident that we can contribute more to the country's recovery. This a crucial time in our country's history and knowing this, we are pursuing job-generating projects and expansion programs," Ang said.

Amid the pandemic, SMC spent over ₱14 billion to help the country - especially medical frontliners and the poorest communities.