Last November, a tragic accident occurred during the construction of the Skyway Extension project in Muntinlupa. The incident killed one individual, injured several others, and crushed numerous vehicles. Since the accident occurred, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) vowed to address and help all those affected by the incident.
SMC announced recently that they have extended a total of PhP 20 million in cash assistance to all victims of the Skyway Extension project accident. The PhP 20 million that the victims will receive is on top of the medical and other expenses that have been shouldered by Skyway project contractor EEI Corporation.
"I’ve been deeply affected by the pain this has caused them and have been assessing different ways to assist the victims of this unfortunate accident, apart from what our contractor EEI has been providing them. I hope this amount would be a step towards helping them rebuild their lives. With the right support, we can all overcome adversity and lead full lives," said SMC president, Ramon Ang.
Though no specifics were mentioned, Ang said that a huge part of the assistance will go to the family of the victim who died. The SMC president said that the family's needs will be taken care of, including shouldering the education expenses of the victim's four-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, the victim's wife will be provided with livelihood support.
"We provided for more than the needs of those that were injured. The assistance covered continuing check-ups or therapy, replacement or repair of vehicles, recovering lost income, and more. While it’s very fortunate that most only had minor injuries, we will still give them more, to make sure they will have everything they need to resume their lives and livelihoods," added Ang.
Several weeks ago, Ang apologized for the accident that occurred and has kept his word in extending assistance to victims. Work on the Skyway Extension Project has resumed as well. Due to the accident, however, the original completion date has been moved from December 2020 to February 2021.