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.

The Foundation conducted 22 community-based technical skills trainings across 15 municipalities which equipped around 900 beneficiaries with skills that could help them find employment or start a livelihood. The trainings were conducted in cooperation with TESDA, DSWD and the respective local government units.

An educational session was conducted for Foundation high school scholars to provide additional information and encourage the scholars to consider taking the technical-vocational track in senior high school due to better employment opportunities and high industry demand in technical courses. The activity was made possible through the cooperation of selected high schools and the Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Del Monte Foundation President Mr. Joselito D Campos, Jr and Foundation trustee Mrs. Olivia M Campos were able to grace the occasion.

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 2016-2017, 325 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.  130 were in the tertiary level, 183 were in high school and 12 in elementary. The scholars come from the different areas where the company has operations with only 8% from among dependents of employees.  A total of 30 scholars completed college education when the school year ended in March and April 2017.  The Foundation produced six licensed professionals from among its scholars who graduated in March 2016.

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.

Part of our annual commitment, the Del Monte Foundation and the company participated in the Brigada Eskwela (School Brigade).  Eleven (11) public elementary schools in 5 towns were this year’s beneficiaries.  Assistance extended was in the form of various materials for the repair and repainting of school facilities in preparation for the opening of school year 2016-17.

The Foundation produced and distributed around 600 armchairs to various public schools, including an Indigenous People’s (IP) school of the Pamalihi Tribe in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.  It likewise produced kiddie tables and chairs for 12 local community day care centres and public kindergarten schools. The materials used for the production of chairs and tables were wooden pallets that came from the Cannery.

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 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 has expanded its area of coverage from 45 local communities in its past 3 years of operation to 50 communities this year.  About 34,000 community residents availed of the free out-patient consultation and medicines provided by the Foundation year-round.

We continue to raise disease prevention, awareness and health consciousness of citizens in the communities where it serves.

Five medical and dental missions were conducted during the year to provide access to free medical consultation and treatment, dental extraction and medicines to community residents in remote areas. Over 2000 patients availed of the services of the free clinics held in four communities where we operate.

Three communities in Sumilao benefited from the Foundation’s assistance via provision of medical equipment/apparatus much needed in their health centres. We donated fetal doppler, resuscitator and examining light to three sites, all located at the foothills of Mount Kitanglad.

The Foundation likewise continued its annual support to Smile Train, a programme that provides free surgery to indigent children with hare lips or cleft palate. About 30 children received after-care kits from the Del Monte Foundation under the partnership.

These are some of the Foundation’s programmes as we care for the communities.  A healthy relationship with the communities is a part of our strategy in strengthening our core.

 

 
 
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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.