Nurturing Communities

 

 

The impact of the Group’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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Receiving Christmas pack from Del Monte

 

The impact of the Group’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 – from fruit growers and truckers to harvesters and maintenance crews – other rural residents greatly benefit from the Group’s presence.

As a responsible corporate citizen, the Group continues to contribute to the development and upliftment of the quality of life in communities where we operate.

Our rich heritage of partnership with host communities inspires us to continue to make a difference in the lives of thousands of families around our worksites and in other areas where there is insurgency and unrest.

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

Teams fan out daily through close to 100 urban and remote villages to deliver vital community services and help residents face new challenges. The Foundation has served close to 100,000 community residents through scholarships and education, capacity-building, home care and community health, youth development and other programmes.

 
 
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Del Monte Philippines supports local farmers in growing pineapples

 

Livelihood Support

We have embarked on a landmark partnership with select local farmers and entrepreneurs who now earn more from underutilised or unproductive farm land. Farmers learn eco-friendly ways to grow high-volume pineapple and papaya for processing at our cannery.

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

 

Focus on Education

Technical Education

We promote short-term technical skills courses as an alternative to college education as we introduce community leaders, family heads, women and out-of-school youth and families of employees to agro-technical skills.

Our main Community Education Centre received official accreditation from the Philippine Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), highlighting public-private sector cooperation for community education. Fully-equipped workshops welcome students in food processing, commercial cooking, baking, electronics, welding and woodworking. Continuing partnership with TESDA ensures that training standards comply with government requirements. Local governments help us select training participants, identify skills needed by the community, and find jobs for graduates.

Over 800 out-of-school youth and unemployed heads of families availed of the Foundation’s free technical skills training courses conducted in 15 municipalities. About 50% of all participants were members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programme of the DSWD which partnered with the Foundation to help its members gain self-sufficiency. Training graduates took national certification exams given by TESDA and were helped by the government’s employment officer for job placement. Others opt to be self-employed and were also given start-up assistance by the DSWD or LGU.

The Del Monte Foundation Centre in Camp Phillips continues to offer technical and vocational training on shielded metal arc welding, bread and pastry production and basic driving. In the past year, about 200 completed courses and passed the NC II assessment of TESDA. The Centre also started negotiation with the Holy Cross High School for the provision of technical and vocational courses to its Grade 11 and 12 students beginning school year 2016 to 2017.

Scholarships and Education

Gifted children earn quality education from high school to post-graduate studiess through our academic scholarships, grants-in-aid and sports scholarships. The Jose Yao Campos College Grants-in-Aid Scholarships, launched in 2008, is originally funded through the personal contribution of Group CEO Joselito D Campos, Jr.

For the school year 2015-2016, 375 Del Monte scholars were enrolled in different schools in the region under academic, barrio and sports scholarships and the Jose Yao Campos Grants-in-Aid for children of Del Monte employees and from the community. Nineteen (19) college scholars supported by the Foundation graduated in March 2016 and seven (7) scholars passed licensure exams. Of the board passers, 4 are licensed agriculturists, an accountant, a mechanical engineer and a doctor. Six of the college scholars who graduated garnered academic honours from their respective universities.

Consistent with our commitment to help the national government address the shortage in school facilities, ie classrooms, chairs, etc, the Foundation undertook the construction and donation of one 2-classroom building for the Impalutao Integrated School in Impasug-ong, a classroom for Sumilao Elementary School. Another classroom was donated to the Sumilao National High School Annex in Upper Culaman, Sumilao, where the vast pineapple fields in the town are located. All classrooms meet the Department of Education classroom building standard and each were equipped with a toilet, armchairs and chalk and bulletin boards.

 
 
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Youth activity conducted by Del Monte Foundation

 

Youth Development

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.

The Foundation continues to promote child development through the material assistance it extends to institutions that cater to the needs of young children. This year, it donated various materials designed to help develop the psychomotor skills of pre-school children in sixteen (16) communities, located mostly in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

To help keep children, teenagers and young adults physically fit and healthy and stave off the lure of drugs and gambling common in most communities today, the Foundation invests in programmes for youth development. Eight barangays were recipients of playground equipment fabricated by graduates of the Del Monte Foundation Centre’s welding course. Each set of equipment has swings, slides, see-saws and monkey bars that are placed in the communities’ open grounds where children and adults alike congregate for fun and recreation. It has also partnered with the Labour Management Councils of DMPI’s North, West and East Operations teams to stage inter-barangay sports tournaments that span several weeks. This brought communities together in friendly competitions that also strengthened relations with the company’s neighbours.

Rural youth comprises a majority of graduates under the Foundation’s technical skills training programme. Community youth leaders also join Leadership Trainings after which they are expected to harness resources of their respective youth organisations to attain both medium- and long-term development goals of their communities.

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

The Foundation also extended its assistance to Twenty-nine (29) schools in Eleven (11) towns during the annual Brigada Eskwela. Materials to help restore classroom buildings and facilities were donated to make them functional and ready for the opening of the new school year.

Using recycled wood from DMPI’s Cannery, the Foundation fabricated 900 classroom chairs for twelve (12) public schools and 50 sets of kiddie tables and chairs for day care centres and pre-schools in 10 towns where the company grows its pineapples. It also continued its partnership with Manolo Fortich and Libona in the production of armchairs for which the local government units provide labour and other materials.

 
 

The mobile clinic at the forefront of the Foundation’s medical and dental mission

 

Community Health

As a company with a mission to raise the level of global health and wellness,we help bring greater awareness of health, nutrition and food safety to our host communities.

Del Monte Foundation continues to implement its Home Care Education Programme (HCEP), a 5-month programme that teaches women proper nutrition, preventive health, family planning, herbal remedies, emergency care and livelihood skills, among others. Five classes were conducted during the fiscal year benefitting 274 homemakers in the company’s expansion and more remote areas.

The Foundation helped address a community concern on sanitation and health in the barangays of Patpat and Dalwangan in Malaybalay City. Over 100 families residing around the company’s pineapple plantation did not have toilets. In partnership with the local government, each household was given materials to construct individual toilets. The Foundation provided the toilet bowls, pipes and cement, the local government unit provided sand and gravel and technical assistance while the beneficiary’s counterpart was the manual labour for construction.

Twelve barangays were recipients of medical apparatus given by the Foundation to ensure health services are properly rendered in local health centres or clinics. Several communities are not equipped with the appropriate tools due to lack of resources. Based on their need, the Foundation donated blood pressure apparatus, weighing scale and sphygmomanometer.

The Foundation’s Mobile Clinic catered to about 30,000 patients in its daily rounds over 40 remote communities within and around the company’s plantation. It serves one to two barangays daily, bringing free medicines and the services of a doctor to communities where medical care is out of reach. With about 40 areas to cover per month, the Mobile Clinic team is able to visit a barangay once a month. The team also recommends interventions to help improve health conditions in a particular area. It gives feedback on its significant findings to the municipal health officers or recommends health education classes to be conducted by the Foundation.

Del Monte Foundation continues to influence residents in small communities towards a better way of life through short and informal information campaigns and educational sessions. Topics recommended by community leaders pertained to family values, health and nutrition, prevention and treatment of common illnesses, financial management, family planning and such other concerns relevant to the community. About 2,000 attended the twenty seven (27) sessions organised by the Foundation last fiscal year.

The Foundation conducted twelve (12) medical and dental missions benefitting about 4,000 patients, providing them with free treatment and medicines. Over 1,000 community health workers underwent continuous training supported by the Foundation so they could render better service to their constituents. These trainings were spread over nine municipalities. These are some of the Foundation’s programmes as we nourish communities, enrich lives, everyday!

 
 
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Please click on the video for the “Field to Foodbank” programme in the States

 

Feeding America

Since 2015, we contributed more than 8.5 million lbs of product to Feeding America® or local food banks.

Del Monte is proud to be a long-standing supporter of Feeding America®, a leader in hunger-relief charity work. Feeding America® is the nation’s largest nonprofit organisation addressing hunger. Each year the Feeding America®1 network provides food assistance to more than 25 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including more than nine million children and nearly three million senior citizens, through their network of more than 200 food banks throughout the country.

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These food banks support about 63,000 local charitable agencies that distribute food directly to Americans in need by way of some 70,000 programmes including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, and after-school programmes.

We partnered with Feeding America® to help create and participate in innovative programmes such as the: 

  • Grocery Programme®through which we sold the not-so-pretty, but still perfectly edible, safe and healthy peach product to Feeding America® to supplement their inventory to support local pantries.
  • “Brite Recovery” Programme in Rochelle, IL, during which Feeding America collected damaged brite, or unlabeled cans, and re-labelled the product for their food banks.
  • Second Harvest® “Field to FoodBank” Programme - A system that our Wisconsin plants created, through which they process carrots on behalf of growers who want to provide product specifically for Feeding America Wisconsin food banks. This programme was developed in response to the financial collapse in 2008 to serve local Wisconsin communities who were impacted. Along with our can manufacturer who donates the cans, the growers who donate the crops, and the truckers who donate the hauling time and fuel; we donate the processing time and equipment to deliver safe and nutritious products in an area where we do business. Together, we have collectively grown the programme from 3,000 cases in 2008 to over 23,000 cases in 2015.