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