In 10 years, Ramon Ang expanded San Miguel Corporation’s exposure from food manufacturing and beer brewery to power and energy, infrastructure, oil refining and real estate. But for this president and chief operating officer of the company since 2002, the direction he wants to take is not just all about business. “I want to leave our country better than when I found it, one where more Filipinos take part in, and benefit from, economic growth. All our work in San Miguel is geared towards achieving that—our investments in manufacturing capacities across several regions nationwide; our infrastructure projects that aim to unlock the economic potential of regions and accelerate trade and tourism and make people’s everyday lives easier. All of these are designed to enable growth, create jobs and make our local and national economies stronger, more resilient,” says Ang.
Together with his army of more than 20,000 employees, Ang has achieved a lot. “We’ve completed most of the major projects we initially set out to do, including, recently, the entire stretch of Tarlac–Pangasinan– La Union Expressway [TPLEX] from Tarlac to Rosario, La Union. We have operationalised new power plants, upgraded refineries, new manufacturing plants, expressways, our airport, water utility and the like. There’s still much to be done and a lot more that we plan to do to make these achievements sustainable in the long term,” says the ingenious magnate.
I'm inspired by what the Philippines can be if we all work together to make it better and give it all the help we can give.— Ramon Ang