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DA chief: San Miguel eyes investments in power, agriculture sectors in Sulu

MANILA — Conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC) plans to put up a power plant and feed mills in Sulu before the year ends, said Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on Friday.

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Piñol bared SMC’s planned investments after a meeting Wednesday with SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang, who considered these interventions their “important contributions to the peace efforts” of President Rodrigo Duterte.

While these investments may be considered risky by other entrepreneurs, Ang said “Yes, we are willing to take the risks just so we could help President Duterte achieve peace and stability in the Southern Philippines, especially in the troubled island of Sulu.”

Piñol said the conglomerate will put up a 20-megawatt power plant for the main island.

“For the small islands, I will ask the Department of Energy to establish solar farms,” he noted.

To boost agriculture in the area, Piñol added SMC will also establish a medium-sized feed mill facility using the corn and cassava produced by Tausug farmers.

The DA will supply the tractors and equipment, planting materials and seeds, fertilizers and technology for corn and cassava farming, he said.

The agriculture chief further said the conglomerate will engage the people of Sulu in the contract growing of poultry which could be exported to nearby Sabah.

“(It is) a poultry contract-growing scheme where Tausug farmers will be trained in raising broiler chicken which will be bought and processed by San Miguel Corp. into ready-to-eat roasted chicken,” Piñol added.

He pointed that the province does not even produce enough chicken for its people’s consumption.

Piñol said the broiler chicken supply comes from as far as Davao City, General Santos City, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga City.

“As Secretary of Agriculture, I assured Ramon Ang that the needed support equipment, services and training will be delivered immediately,” he added.