Pacquiao-Jack Ma partnership to boost PH employment.
Filipino boxing legend and Senator Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao poses with Alibaba founder and billionaire Jack Ma during Paquiao’s recent visit to Ma in China where they discussed business that can employ thousands of Filipinos.
INTERNATIONAL boxing icon Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao has met with Chinese billionaire and Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma to break the ground for a collaborative project that would generate at least thousands of indirect employment in the Philippines.
Pacquiao announced that Ma, who is also known as Ma Yun, has expressed his interest in expanding his investments in the Philippines to provide more employment for Filipinos.
Pacquiao said that Ma, who is his personal friend, has been exchanging notes with him “for quite some time now” on how he could help the Philippines especially in job-generation. They have agreed that the best way to do this is for them to join forces in setting up logistics and e-commerce centers all over the Philippines. According to Pacquiao, Jack Ma wants put up a company run and managed by Filipinos.
Pacquiao said that that the pilot area for their collaboration will be in General Santos City and would slowly expand all over the Philippines until they reach their target of providing direct jobs for thousand of Filipinos.
“This should directly benefit at least thousands of Filipino families and also provide livelihood for millions more in indirect employment. These investments will surely need suppliers and manufacturers who also have to hire more people as they expand,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao said he and Ma share a mutual passion for helping the poor because both of them lived a life of abject poverty before they became wealthy through dedication to their chosen profession and sheer hard work.
“Magaan talaga ang loob namin sa isa’t-isa kasi pareho kami ng pinanggalingan. Alam naming pareho kung paano ang kumalam ang sikmura araw-araw. ( We are very comfortable with each other because we came from the same situation. We both know how it is to feel hungry every day.),” Pacquiao said.
“If we are able to provide jobs for more Filipinos, we are not only helping their families rise up from poverty but we are also helping the country in its fight against crime,” Pacquiao said.
From being a street urchin doing menial jobs as construction laborer and bakery assistant, Pacquiao became a professional boxer at the age of 16 just to be able to make ends meet. He soon became one of the world’s greatest boxer and one of the world’s richest sportsman before joining politics as a congressman and now as a senator.
At an early age, the 55-year-old Ma had to cycle 70 kilometers a day just to earn a living as tourist guide and struggled in college to be able to get a degree.
After having been rejected multiple times in his job search, Ma rose to become the founder of Alibaba which is now the world’s biggest online commerce platform.
Pacquiao also shared that one of the most important lesson he learned from Jack Ma during their meeting was “You don’t have to know a lot of things to succeed, you have to find the right people to do the job, and make sure that they work together, and believe in the same vision.”
Pacquiao went to China last Saturday to meet Ma to discuss the details on how to go about their new project. Pacquiao said Ma is also set to visit General Santos City, hopefully within the year.