RSA reassures Bulacan fishermen of better lives, new homes
San Miguel Corp. president Ramon S. Ang reassured their full support for fishermen who would be displaced by the conglomerate’s massive airport project in Bulacan.
Ang said fishermen would have better homes in relocation sites with fishing power boats where then can easily re-establish their livelihood.
“This project’s success is anchored on helping support the local fishing industry. We are in the process of identifying areas where together we can build a fishing community that will last for generations to come.
We want Bulacan to eventually become the seafood capital of the Philippines where seafood is exported to other countries, and tourists come in droves to sample them–similar to what happened to Japan’s Tsukiji for so many years,” Ang said.
Ang said as soon as SMC gets final approval from the government, it would officially start meaningful and productive engagement with all concerned stakeholders, especially the affected communities.
SMC is building its proposed airport on a 2,500 hectare property in Bulakan, Bulacan at no cost to the government. The project is expected to accommodate 20 million passengers a year.
As a catalyst to development, the Bulacan airport project is seen to fuel trillion of dollars in economic activity annually, create an estimated 20 million direct and indirect jobs, bring in 30 million foreign tourists in the country and decongest Metro Manila.
“Bulacan’s local industries will not only survive, they will also grow. With a major international airport at their doorstep, fisherfolk, micro entrepreneurs, and local businesses will have a huge, ready market for their products, and even a means to ship them to other provinces or export them,” Ang said.