The Philippine Business for Social Progress, a prestigious organization that gathers business leaders across the country to create various efforts for sustainable development and poverty reduction is calling on the business community to address the need for more livelihood opportunities for the people and creating a more consistent food production through agriculture.
Led by Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, PBSP has been focusing on poverty reduction, zero hunger and good health and well-being programs, heeding the call of the United Nations to develop more sustainable solutions to societal problems.
“I’m fixated on providing jobs and livelihood for our people because I think it is a great answer – not only to the poverty issue – but also to the many social ills. If people just have jobs to support their families, so they’re not idle; they don’t have to resort to crime and that sort of thing,” Pangilinan said.
“I’m high on food production. Given this pandemic, we have to really map out where the food supplies are coming so if we are able to do that, then we can manage the logistics of bringing the food to Metro Manila in crisis events. So that people won’t get into panic-buying mode as we’ve experienced in the early weeks of the pandemic,” he added.
“Procuring vaccines is something that our group is willing to sponsor in a large way – not only to accommodate the health needs of our employees and their families but also the patients of our hospitals… So that we are able to deploy those vaccines as wide as we can to our people – and use our network of hospitals to help deploy those vaccines. So we can inoculate as many people as we can,” Pangilinan said.
The business community has already done as much as it can to prop up this country and its economy as it navigates this pandemic but given government’s largely inadequate response, business leaders will have to dig deeper and contribute more to help our country through this unprecedented crisis. Organizations like the PBSP and business leaders like Mr. Pangilinan will be crucial cogs in the eventual recovery of the Philippines. We hope they can continue to carry the load and help the government and the Filipino people through these difficult times.*