Our business operates in communities that depend on us as much as we rely on them. We sustain their health and wellness, livelihood, and development.
Del Monte Foundation scholars with DMPL CEO Joselito D Campos, Jr and Olivia M Campos
Del Monte Foundation, Inc. in the Philippines spearheads our corporate social responsibility in local communities by promoting social progress through the delivery of health and basic community services, livelihood programs, rural education, youth development, and environmental conservation.
The Foundation enables the Company to support over 100 communities in the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental in Mindanao, southern Philippines. In FY22, the Foundation continued to mobilize resources and increase partnerships with other stakeholders.
Del Monte Foundation, Inc., a non-stock and non-profit organization 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.
Del Monte Foundation Board led by Chairman Joselito D Campos, Jr, Director Edgardo M Cruz, Jr and Director Luis F Alejandro
Community health and wellness is one of the Foundation’s thrusts in line with its mission to improve the lives of individuals in communities.
In FY22, the Mobile Clinic served over 25,000 patients in 62 remote local communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Foundation’s medical team lent support to the Department of Health to expedite COVID vaccination in the municipalities of Manolo Fortich and Libona.
The Foundation provided health care assistance through donation of medical apparatus such as sphygmomanometers, oximeters, weighing scales, digital thermometers and handwashing facilities to 20 community health centers.
Del Monte Foundation leads the ZEP2030 (Zero Extreme Poverty) Convergence as the movement’s provincial convenor in Bukidnon, which is among the poorest provinces in the country. Household surveys were conducted by volunteers to identify the poorest in each community. Family community visioning and community development planning workshops were completed in Kalilangan. The Foundation implemented interventions to address some of the primary community needs like water and toilet facilities.
Del Monte Foundation collaborated with Dole Kasilak Foundation, Xavier Science Foundation, Peace and Equity Foundation and other NGOs to implement ZEP2030 expansion in the province to accelerate poverty alleviation. Under the convergence, the participating organizations adopted municipalities to focus on. The Foundation coordinates coaching and guidance to volunteers of these NGOs.
Over 500 families benefitted from Level 2 water system installations in three communities in Bukidnon. Strategically-placed communal water faucets were made accessible to community residents. The projects were made possible through partnerships with the Local Government Units (LGU), the office of the former provincial Representative, the Department of Public Works and Highways and Mercury Drug Foundation through the Philippine Business for Social Progress.
Through partnership with LGUs and primary stakeholders, 320 toilets for identified extremely poor families were built by the Foundation in three communities in Bukidnon in line with the zero open-pit defecation. The project reduced waste-borne illnesses in these communities. Del Monte Foundation provided the basic materials while the LGU donated sand and gravel and extended technical expertise. The beneficiaries constructed and supplied other materials needed to complete the toilets. The Rotary Club also participated by donating materials to one of the sites.
The Foundation provided 2 handwashing facilities to community health centers in Bukidnon to help implement their COVID health safety protocols through the Del Monte Foundation.
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.
The Foundation conducted community-based skills training for employment or self-employment to provide technical education access to out-of-school youths and unemployed family heads.
The Foundation partnered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to facilitate employment program activities such as job fairs and career coaching, giving training graduates greater employment opportunities.
The Foundation’s Community Education Center is accredited by TESDA.
The Foundation conducted technical skills training courses.
Graduates took the national certification exams given by TESDA and were assisted by the government’s employment office for job placement.
Others opted to be self-employed and were given start-up assistance by the DSWD LGU.
Before TESDA disallowed community-based technical skills trainings last year due to the pandemic, the Foundation was able to train 78 out-of-school youths in welding, electrical installation, maintenance and driving in three municipalities in Misamis Oriental.
Graduates were endorsed to TESDA for national certification assessment and the LGUs helped them gain employment. 60 certified welders were produced at the Foundation Center, a TESDA-accredited training facility, all of them under TESDA scholarships.
The Foundation organized and trained a group of homemakers in Kagumahan, Kinoguitan in soft broom-making made from native grass “giyong” that abound in their barangay. Their organization is able to sell their products in plantation cooperatives as well as direct buyers in their locality and augments the homemakers’ income to help support their families.
On its second year, the “Utanan sa Kabalayan” (Vegetables Garden in Homes) project helps ensure continuous food supply and proper nutrition among vulnerable families. 540 families benefitted from the seeds, resources and gardening techniques of the Foundation and the Department of Agriculture (DA) and LGU.
The Foundation’s hog-raising and dispersal project, “Pugad Baboy” (Backyard Swine Raising), provided livelihood and helped augment the income of 75 extremely poor families. The pigs awarded to these families were offspring of the 12 native pigs originally awarded by the DA to the Foundation last year for the establishment of a multiplier farm.
De La Salle University Science Foundation partnered with Del Monte Foundation to provide feeds to help the beneficiary families raise the pigs until they reproduce. A family sells the offspring of their grown pig as additional income, gives back a piglet to the Foundation and retains the parent for another reproduction cycle. The Foundation gives the funds collected to another deserving family.
Youth activity conducted by Del Monte Foundation
Del Monte is committed to education and youth development. Through Del Monte Foundation grants, qualified children benefited from quality education from elementary school to university through our academic, grants-in-aid, and sports scholarships.
The Foundation supported 275 scholars of which 25 graduated in school year 2022. 11 of the 25 scholars received Latin honors including the first batch of mid-college Agriculture scholars recruited in 2021.
The Foundation conducted screening of incoming college scholars. The Scholarship Committee interviewed 20 finalists last June with at least 15 candidates for acceptance.
The Foundation team continued its home visits to scholars in the past year to monitor their progress and provide needed support for the scholars’ modular or online studies.
The Day Care Center in the community of Sinuda, Kitaotao was completed and turned-over last April to cater to the numerous children of the Matigsalug Manobo tribe in the area. The facility is fully-furnished with tables, chairs and learning materials, ready for opening in the incoming school year.
COVID-19 mask and juice donations to an organization in Mindanao
We support the communities during the pandemic by donating food products and personal protection equipment to frontline workers.
DMPI donated about US$440,000 to the Del Monte Foundation to fund their community medical and dental missions, livelihood and scholarship programs.
Del Monte Philippines continued to support Rise Against Hunger foodbank for its feeding program. The company provided about 1,300 cases of beverages nourishing about 6,200 individuals in various cities in Metro Manila.
Through the Foundation, DMPI donated food products to over 1,100 non-governmental organizations, including about 80 medical facilities, and local government units to provide nutrition to over 500,000 people in indigent communities and medical facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.