In 1987, the sugar industry faced a tremendous crisis due to very low sugar prices. During this difficult time, the district planters of Silay City and the Municipality of E. B. Magalona made a commitment toward its own workers when it was easier to abandon them. The planter-members of the two associations, Asociacion de Hacenderos de Silay-Saravia, Inc. (AHSSI) and Associated Planters of Silay-Sarabia, Inc. (APSSI) joined hands and formed a Joint Socio-Economic Committee to combat the widespread poverty and malnutrition affecting its sugarcane workers in the district. They saw that the salvation of the sugar industry lay not in the return of higher prices for sugar, but in the caring and upliftment of the labor force.
Realizing that the task was a continuing endeavor to uplift the quality of life of the sugarcane workers and that there was so much to be done, the Committee formally organized in 1989 the SIMAG Foundation, Inc. SIMAG was registered with the SEC on March 6, 1989 as a non-stock, non-profit organization. The word “SIMAG” comes from the Foundation’s area of coverage which is SIlay City and the Municipality of E. B. MAGalona.
For more than 31 years, SIMAG continues to provide services that include health, nutrition education, educational assistance, livelihood opportunities, environment protection and other benefits to over 7,000 families of farm workers living in the City of Silay and the municipality of E.B. Magalona and other hacienda communities. The services are being done with the support of local, national and international partners.