Nurturing Communities

 

 

The impact of the Company's business is clearly felt in the day-to-day life of communities around its farm and production units. While its business directly and indirectly supports the livelihood of at least 20,000 residents.

 
 
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Del Monte Foundation scholars with DMPL CEO Joselito D Campos, Jr and Olivia M Campos

 
The Del Monte family prides itself in giving back to the community. This has become our tradition since the first pineapple fields were planted in the 1920s. To this day, Del Monte employees keep this tradition as we visit various communities. The Company’s employees volunteer their time to help make lives better for the less fortunate.
As a responsible corporate citizen, the Company continues to contribute to the development and upliftment of the quality of life in communities where we operate.5.1-Communities-Intro-Infographic-001
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Del Monte family prides itself in giving back to the community. This has become our tradition since the first pineapple fields were planted in the 1920’s. To this day, Del Monte employees keep this tradition as we visit various communities. The Group’s employees volunteer their time to help make lives better for the less fortunate.
As a responsible corporate citizen, the Company continues to contribute to the development and upliftment of the quality of life in communities where we operate.
 
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Del Monte Foundation mobile clinic serving far flung communities in Bukidnon, Philippines

 

Community Health and Wellness

 

 

 

 

 

 

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill

Del Monte Foundation, Inc., a non-stock and non-profit organisation in the Philippines, spearheads our efforts as we expand our reach in the local community. The Foundation employs a framework for identifying and selecting community projects, in coordination with the DMPI Plantation and Cannery teams.

The Foundation’s mission is to raise the level of global health and wellness by bringing greater awareness on health, nutrition and food safety to our host communities.

Through the Del Monte Foundation, we help address various community concerns on sanitation, health and wellness.

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Del Monte Foundation Board led by Chairman Joselito D Campos, Jr, Director Edgardo M Cruz, Jr and Director Luis F Alejandro

1. The Foundation supports Smile Train, a program that provides free surgery to indigent children with cleft lip.

2. The Foundation participates in the Zero Extreme Poverty 2030 Movement (ZEP2030) as local convenor for Bukidnon, Philippines. ZEP2030 is an initiative of civil society organizations (CSO) that aims to uplift 1 million Filipino families from extreme poverty by the year 2030. As a local convenor, the Foundation is the lead organization/CSO on the ground in-charge of facilitating the convergence of different stakeholders in the area as well as clusters/member organizations of the Movement.

3. The Foundation conducts community education sessions in localities pertaining to family values, health and nutrition, prevention and treatment of common illnesses, financial management, family planning and such other concerns relevant to the community.

4. Community health workers undergo continuous training supported by the Foundation so they could render better service to their constituents.

 
 
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Welding course is the most popular technical skills training provided by Del Monte Foundation

 

Livelihood Programs

Our Community Education Center has official accreditation from the Philippine Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) highlighting public-private sector cooperation for community education. Community-based skills trainings are also conducted to provide greater and easier access to technical education for the out-of-school youth and unemployed heads of families. The skills learned are used by the beneficiaries for employment or self-employment to augment their family’s income.

1. Free technical skills training courses are conducted in towns and cities in the Philippines. Training graduates take national certification exams given by TESDA and are assisted by the government’s employment office for job placement. Others opt to be self-employed and are given start-up assistance by the Department of Social Welfare and Development or Local Government Units (LGUs).

2. The Del Monte Foundation Center in Camp Phillips, Bukidnon, Philippines continues to offer technical and vocational training on shielded metal arc welding, bread and pastry production and basic driving.

3. Del Monte Foundation implements its Home Care Education, a 5-month program that teaches women proper nutrition, preventive health, family planning, herbal remedies, emergency care and livelihood skills, amongst others.

4. The Foundation initiates and supports new trainings through partnerships with government agencies and private organizations.

5. The Foundation has introduced fruit preserve making in cooperation with the Plantation Supervisors’ Coop and the Department of Trade and Industry to utilize excess supply of papaya. This provides livelihood opportunities for housewives in the neighboring localities.

6. New courses like native beadwork and automotive maintenance servicing have been introduced.

7. The Foundation likewise partners with a local organization for the identification of poor local farmers for a training in organic farming sponsored by TESDA.

8. The Department of Labor and Employment in Region-10 partners with the Foundation and TESDA whereby, amongst others, it coordinates and facilitates employment program activities such as job fair, career coaching and other related activities involving the graduates of trainings conducted by DMPI. With this partnership, training graduates have more access to employment and employment assistance.

9. Del Monte’s PET Plant in Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines assists local residents to enhance their technical skills through a collaborative program with TESDA.

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Youth activity conducted by Del Monte Foundation

 

Education, Scholarships and Youth Development

Through the Del Monte Foundation, gifted children earn quality education from primary levels up to post-graduate studies through our academic, grants-in-aid and sports scholarships. A scholar is supported in each of the communities where DMPI has operations.

Aside from scholarships, we work closely with the community to harness the potential of the youth to lead and transform their communities into self-sufficient units for nation-building.

1. Consistent with our commitment to help the national government address the shortage in school facilities, i.e. classrooms and chairs, the Foundation undertook the construction of 2 classrooms in San Roque Elementary School and Lindaban Elementary School in two towns in Bukidnon, Philippines.

2. Public schools in 5 towns in the Philippines benefitted from the assistance extended by the Foundation during the annual school brigade. Materials to help restore classroom buildings and facilities were donated to make them functional and ready for the opening of the new school year.

3. Wooden pallets from DMPI’s cannery were also donated to the LGUs of 2 localities from which they produced additional school chairs. The Foundation promotes child development through the material assistance it extends to institutions that cater to the needs of young children. It donates various materials designed to help develop the motor, visual-learning and creative skills of pre-school children in 17 public elementary schools and 6 day-care centers.

4. The Foundation partners with the Labor Management Councils of East and Sumilao Crop Production Units for the organization and implementation of inter-community sports tournaments. It likewise donates sports equipment to identified localities as well as playground equipment sets to 2 localities.

5. Community youth leaders also join Leadership Trainings after which they harness resources of their respective youth organizations to attain both medium-term and long-term development goals of their communities.

6. Foundation scholars and selected community youth leaders participate in the various trainings on leadership and values enrichment.

7. The Foundation has a campaign called “Help Send a Child to School” to provide an avenue for Del Monte employees to express the core value of ‘Commitment to Society and Environment’ via sponsorship of a high school scholar. It also aims to increase access to education of financially challenged but deserving students in the rural areas.

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DEVELOPING COMMUNITIES

 

Del Monte Foundation Board led by Joselito D Campos, Jr, Chairman, Edgardo M Cruz, Jr, Director, and Luis F Alejandro, Director

 

The Del Monte Pacific Group develops the quality of life of communities where we operate. 

 Del Monte Foundation, Inc. in the Philippines spearheads our corporate social responsibility in the local communities through its mission to promote social progress through rural education, youth development, skills training, delivery of basic community services and environmental conservation. The Foundation employs a framework that identifies and selects community projects.

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Del Monte Foundation mobile clinic serves far flung communities during the pandemic in Bukidnon, Philippines

 1.  Del Monte Foundation participates in the Zero Extreme Poverty 2030 Movement (ZEP2030), an initiative of Civil Society Organisations that aims to uplift 1 million Filipino families from extreme poverty by 2030.

2.  As a local convenor, the Foundation is the lead organisation on the ground in charge of different stakeholders in the area as well as member organisations of the Movement.

 

3.  The Foundation, in partnership with Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc., installed 25 water systems, benefitting about 154 households. The project is part of the ZEP2030 initiative.

 

4.  In FY20, the Mobile Clinic served about 34,000 patients in 50 barangays, continuing its operation even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

5.  The Foundation conducted Medical and Dental Clinics in eight areas of Bukidnon, benefiting about 2,000 patients, and provided health apparatus to 23 barangay health centres.

 

6.  The Foundation conducted 11 health education sessions with 690 participants, the topics pertain to family values, health and nutrition, prevention and treatment of common illnesses, family planning, financial management and other community concerns.

 

7.  In FY20, around 500 community health workers attended training sessions in Bukidnon for them to can render effective services to their patients.

 

8.  The Cannery donated an ambulance to Barangay Bugo to help ferry emergency patients to health facilities.

 

9.  The Foundation received a Plaque of Appreciation from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for serving the upland community and supporting the celebration of the “Aldaw Ta Kitanglad” (Kitanglad Day).

 

10. The Foundation was given a Plaque of Appreciation by the Municipality of Sumilao for its unselfish commitment, generous contribution, unwavering support and active involvement in health programs for Sumilao.

 

Livelihood Programmes

 The Foundation conducts community-based skills trainings to provide access to technical education for out-of-school youth and unemployed family heads. The skills learned are used for employment or self-employment. 

 Housewives making pastries, one of the Foundation’s technical training courses

1.  The Foundation’s Community Education Centre is accredited by the Philippine Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

 2.  We conduct technical skills training courses.

 Graduates take national certification exams given by TESDA and are assisted by the government’s employment office for job placement.

 Others opt to be self-employed and are given start-up assistance by the Department of Social Welfare and Development or Local Government Units (LGU).

 3.  The Foundation partners with the Department of Labour and Employment and TESDA to coordinate and facilitate employment programme activities such as job fair and career coaching, giving training graduates more access to employment.

4.  The Foundation received a Plaque of Recognition from the TESDA for its contribution and support to the development of technical education and skills development by facilitating community-based training at remote areas of Bukidnon

5.  There were a total of 395 graduates from 12 training disciplines

Close to 100 beneficiaries gained employment and are earning at least the minimum wage.

The graduates underwent training in housekeeping, electrical installation and maintenance, welding, beauty care services, driving and small engine servicing.

 6.  We conducted training, in partnership with the LGU, to help equip and strengthen the Indigenous People (IP) organization.

 7.  A group of 30 IP in Sumilao underwent training in beads-making for the production of ornaments of Bukidnon tribes.

8.  Graduates of welding training fabricated and donated two playground equipment to barangay parks made from scrap materials.

9.  Del Monte Foundation conducts its Home Care Education, a 5-month programme that teaches women proper nutrition, preventive health, family planning, herbal remedies, emergency care and livelihood skills.

 

Education, Scholarships and Youth Development

Del Monte is committed to education and youth development. Through the Del Monte Foundation, gifted children earn quality education from primary level up to post-graduate studies through our academic, grants-in-aid and sports scholarships.

 Del Monte Foundation scholars with DMPL CEO Joselito D Campos, Jr and Olivia M Campos 

1.  Del Monte Philippines, Inc. (DMPI) partnered with NutriAsia to launch the “Share-a-Chair” programme which aims to repurpose plastic waste into school chairs and teachers’ tables and chairs.

The project aimed to collect 20MT used plastics to be converted to 600 school chairs, equivalent to 12 classrooms.

Before the community quarantine, the partnership collected 19.3MT of plastic waste.

A total of 550 school chairs were converted by a recycling company which will be distributed when non-essential transport of goods is allowed by the government.

The Foundation hosting the Mind Mobile exhibition attended by school children in Camp Philips

2.  The Foundation collaborated with Mind Mobile, a mobile extension of the Mind Museum.

It is science-on-wheels that features innovative shows and workshops bringing wonder and discovery to underserved communities in Visayas and Mindanao.

The Mind Mobile aims to dispel fear of science, enhance classroom learning and inspire students towards a science-related course where there is greater potential in terms of future opportunities and employment.

Del Monte Foundation hosted the Mind Mobile in Camp Phillips, Bukidnon for two days of interactive shows attended by about 700 Grade 6 to Grade 8 students and teachers from 19 schools. 

The Mind Mobile initiative was also sponsored in part by the employees’ cooperatives, Del Monte Employees Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative and the Bukidnon Credit Cooperative.

3.  The Foundation conducted Values Education seminars for barrio high school scholars from Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental to harness their potential in leading and transforming their communities into self-sufficient units.

4.  The Foundation extended assistance to 32 public schools during the annual school brigade.

 

5.  We converted wooden pallets from our cannery into 800 school armchairs and 12 sets of tables and chairs and donated these to several local schools.

 

The Foundation donated school chairs made from the cannery’s wooden pallets

 

Elementary children receive supplemental learning aids and educational materials from the Foundation

 

6.  The Foundation donated supplementary pre-school learning aids and materials to 19 schools to help develop the motor, visual-learning and creative skills of preschool children.

 

7.  The Foundation provides an avenue for Del Monte employees to sponsor high school scholars through its “Help Send a Child to School” campaign, which aims to increase access to education of financially challenged students in the rural areas and is consistent with the company’s core value of “Commitment to Society and Environment.”

 

Donations

DMPI collaborated with the Philippine Red Cross to donate food products to one of the medical healthcare facilities in Manila

1. Del Monte in the Philippines donated about US$385,000 to the Del Monte Foundation to fund their community medical and dental missions, livelihood and scholarship programmes.

 2.  DMPI, through the Foundation, donated food products to over 220 non-governmental organisations, including about 50 medical facilities to support frontline workers and indigent communities during the quarantine caused by the pandemic.

 

Del Monte Foundation team with Bella G Quimpo, Executive Director

*For more information on Community Assistance regarding our pandemic response, please refer to page 72 of our FY2020 Annual Report.

 


Joselito D Campos, Jr, Chairman; Edgardo M Cruz, Jr, Director; and Luis F Alejandro, Director