Semirara Mining and Power Corporation (SMPC) is the single biggest employer in Semirara Island, providing jobs to around 3,300 individuals. In 2017 alone, it spent P1.2 billion on mine site payroll.
By providing stable, affordable electricity to the residents of Semirara Island, SMPC is able to support economic growth in the community.
From 60 registered businesses in 1999, the number of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the area grew 477 percent to 346 as of 2017.
In 2017, SMPC spent over P3 million to build classrooms, daycare centers and faculty facilities in Brgys. Semirara, Alegria and Tinogboc in Semirara Island.
In partnership with the Department of Energy, Department of Education, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology, Synergia and the local government unit, SMPC tapped the University of Asia and the Pacific to assist in training the public and private school teachers in Semirara Island.
The faculty training initiative aims to improve the teaching strategies and classroom management skills of the local educators.
Since 2006, the Semirara Training Center, Inc. (STCI) of SMPC has been providing free access to quality vocational education.
Courses offered include Automative Servicing, Computer Hardware Servicing, Machine Shop and Welding, among others.
Enrollment is open not only to local residents of Semirara Island, but also to residents from nearby islands, such as Caluya and Sibay.
More than 3,000 people work in SMPC's mining operations, and nearly 13 percent of them are graduates of STCI.
SMPC hires third-party contractors from its host community and nearby areas for various jobs such as construction and maintenance of buildings, roads, housing units, sports and recreation facilities, landscaping, steelwork and food services, among others.
In 2017, the company spent over P76 million for contracted services.
DMCI Power maintains a swine dispersal program in its host communities to help residents generate additional income for their families. 120 members of the Sipag Pa Aborlan Organization in Brgy. Magbabadil in Aborlan, Palawan have benefited from the program.