Ramon Ang (centre), Isko Moreno and Honey Lacuna serve breakfast at the SMC Better World Community food bank and education center in Tondo, Manila.
DUBAI – Filipino businessman and San Miguel Corporation president Ramon Ang gave back to his birthplace of Tondo by opening a feeding and education centre there.
Ang told reporters on Wednesday that San Miguel Foundation’s “Better World Community” will provide daily meals to one million children in Tondo, an impoverished part of Manila, for the next 10 years.
“Batang Tondo ako eh… Kumita na tayo ng konti so ibinabalik ko naman dito sa lugar kung san ako nanggaling which is Manila and Tondo (I am a kid from Tondo. I have already earned a little so I am giving back to the place where I came from, which is Manila and Tondo),” said Ang, who was named the Philippines’ 6th richest man in 2019.
The food bank and education centre along R-10 road in Tondo houses a restaurant-grade kitchen and service station that serves rice, eggs and meat viands to children.
The businessman said that San Miguel Corporation plans to build nine other food banks in Manila’s impoverished areas.
Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno lauded the feeding program, saying it will help students do well in school.
“I know what it feels like to come to school starving,” said Moreno, who was also born and raised in Tondo. ICA/Expat Media
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