At the start of April, the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) rolled out its Manukang Bayan mobile stores across Metro Manila to help address food accessibility issues that arose during this COVID-19 crisis. Now, the company has expanded this program further by bringing even more fresh produce to its Petron stations around the capital.
Currently, there 30 Petron facilities participating in this initiative, and SMC is looking to mobilize 60 more. The company is also set to sell fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers as part of the Department of Agriculture’s ‘Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita’ rolling market program. The company has already begun identifying key locations where the farmers’ products can be sold.
“Petron’s major stations will become a lifeline for farmers in the province struggling to find a way to sell their fresh farm harvest. With this program, we are able to help them sustain their livelihood in this time of crisis,” said SMC president and COO Ramon Ang. “At the same time, we’re also making available fresh fruits and vegetables to people in Metro Manila to complement the products we offer.
“We have 370 gas stations throughout Metro Manila. Their locations are strategic—near main roads in high-density areas. By making essential food products available there, there would be less need for people to commute or travel far and line up for hours in markets.”
In addition, SMC is now also utilizing six Petron Treats convenience stores around the city for the company’s new online ordering system. Customers may simply order San Miguel products through the website and pick them up at the select branches.
At the moment, the Treats stores that are active are located on Commonwealth, Diego Silang Katipunan, Santolan in Pasig, JP Rizal in Marikina, and Litex Road in Quezon City. SMC says that it plans to add 50 more stores to this list.