Developing Communities

 

 

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.

 
 

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

The Del Monte Pacific Group improves the quality of life of communities where we operate. Del Monte Foods’ Corporate Giving Program supports local and national organizations that make a difference.

Del Monte Foundation, Inc. in the Philippines spearheads our corporate social responsibility in the 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 focus on the communities where it operates to improve the health, skills training, and education of over 100 communities in the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. Resource mobilization initiatives were implemented, and partnerships increased.

 
 
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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

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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

Community health and wellness is one of the Foundation’s area of focus in line with its mission to improve the lives of individuals in communities where we operate.

  1. In FY21, the Mobile Clinic served over 23,800 patients in 50 remote local communities (“barangay”) in nine municipalities, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. The Foundation owns the Phillips Memorial Hospital in Bukidnon, which serves the medical and dental needs of DMPI’s employees, their dependents, and local communities. It completed the renovation of 14 rooms for the new COVID-19 isolation facility, including the in-patient rooms and treatment areas, ICU, wards, operating rooms, delivery room, X-ray and the cafeteria.
  3. The Foundation extended assistance by providing basic medical apparatus to 20 community health centers for monitoring body temperature, blood pressure and other vital signs.

  4. Del Monte Foundation participates in the Zero Extreme Poverty 2030 Movement (ZEP2030), an initiative of Civil Society Organizations that aims to uplift 1 million Filipino families from extreme poverty by 2030. DMPI has expanded ZEP2030 to new areas. In FY21, about 500 individuals were uplifted from extreme poverty.

  5. The Foundation, with the help of the Talakag local government unit (LGU), constructed new sanitary toilets benefiting about 100 indigenous people families. Through this project collaboration, the community achieved Zero Open Defecation status with the goal of reduction of waste-borne illnesses and raising self-sufficiency.

  6. The Foundation received a grant from Mercury Drug Foundation to provide potable water to 68 families to improve their living condition. The project will be implemented together with the LGU-Sumilao in FY2022.

  7. The Foundation pursued its WaSH (water, sanitation & hygiene) projects and assisted in three water supply projects, benefiting about 260 households in Bukidnon.

  8. Manual water pumps and pipes were installed in three areas in Baungon which have no level-1 water system. Before the system was installed, some 200 households had to walk for several hours to access clean water.

  9. Portable handwashing units were fabricated at the Foundation Center and distributed to 25 communities and 27 schools. These allow beneficiaries that didn’t have regular water supply to refill water containers and promote hand sanitation practices. These units are located at strategic places where people, parents and students congregate.
  
 
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Beads-making training for IPs  

Livelihood Programs

The Foundation conducted community-based skills training for employment or self-employment to provide technical education access to out-of-school youth and unemployed family heads.

  1. 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.

  2. The Foundation’s Community Education Center is accredited by TESDA.

  3. The Foundation conducted technical skills training courses.

         a. Graduates took the national certification exams given by TESDA and            were assisted by the government’s employment office for job                        placement.

        b. Others opted to be self-employed and were given start-up assistance
             by the DSWD LGU.

  4. There were 81 graduates from two TESDA-certified training disciplines, with 65 already employed in FY21.

  5. Additional livelihood projects were organized in poor communities in new areas. Over 1,000 families benefited from livelihood and food security projects in Bukidnon.

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    Program promoting vegetable gardens in homes

  6. In partnership with the LGU, the Foundation conducted training to support the Indigenous Peoples (IP) organization. About 50 IP families and women in three different communities benefited from livelihood projects on bead-making and mat-weaving.

  7. The IPs were provided start-up capital for the production of their craft. The Foundation liaised between these associations and an establishment in Malaybalay City to sell and market their crafts.

  8. The “Utanan sa Kabalayan” (Vegetable Garden in Homes) has a two-pronged goal. The project provided additional income in communities through sale or barter of excess vegetables. This program was facilitated by the LGU of Sumilao during the weekly market day in the community. Beneficiaries were encouraged to save the seeds of mature vegetables to continue growing them in their gardens.

  9. “Pugad Baboy” (Backyard Swine Raising) project was made possible through another partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA). The DA awarded 12 native pigs to the Foundation to establish backyard multiplier farms. The pigs are bred and grown by caretakers appointed by the Foundation. The target weaning and dispersal of the offspring of these pigs will be in August 2021.

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    Swine raising project of the Foundation

  10. As agreed with the Foundation and LGU, the families who do well in the “Utanan sa Kabalayan” project shall be the first awardees. The families will breed and grow pigs and give back an offspring to the Foundation upon reproduction to ensure the sustainability and continuity of the project.

  11. The Foundation supported the skills training of 80 single-parents organized by the LGU-Libona. The sessions on Beauty Care Services and Bread and Pastry Production equipped single parents, especially women, with livelihood skills to help them cope with financial challenges.
 
 
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The Foundation hosting the Mind Mobile exhibition attended by schoolchildren in Camp Philips

 

Education, Scholarships and Youth Development

Del Monte is committed to education and youth development. Through Del Monte Foundation grants, qualified children benefited from quality education from primary level to university studies through our academic, grants-in-aid, and sports scholarships.

  1. Del Monte Foods, Inc. (DMFI) partnered with GrowingGreatTM to bring hands-on science and nutrition education to elementary and middle school children, empowering a generation of healthy eaters. DMFI reached out to more than 5 million children through an autumn online education campaign focused on healthy eating and growing vegetables.

  2. This program taught young people about growing good food, and aligns with the company’s Growers of GoodTM initiative, geared towards nurturing the Earth’s goodness today to grow a healthier tomorrow.

          a. About 95,000 parents and teachers benefited from the
             GrowingGreatTM initiative.

         b.  GrowingGreatTM pivoted during the pandemic and created a series
               of hands-on activity videos and live Zooms for museums, educators,
               and parents. Many of these materials can be found at   
               https://www.delmonte.com/growinggreat.

         c. Del Monte media outreach achieved over 23.1 million earned and
             paid impressions during the community quarantine.

         d. National Agriculture in the Classroom, a US-based non-profit
             institution focused on agricultural education, incorporated lessons
             from GrowingGreatTM to expand and access their online agricultural
             education library for teachers and students.

         e. DMFI partnered with two large school districts in Northern and
             Southern California and eight museums nationwide to empower
             children to make healthy food choices through hands-on science and
             garden education.

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    Del Monte Foundation scholars with Luis F. Alejandro, Director

  3. In FY2021, the Foundation granted 261 scholarships to youths in various schools and supported their home-based studies. JYC Scholarship was granted to the daughter of deceased Plantation Manager Jong Guiret.

  4. JYC (“Jose Y. Campos”) Scholar Josephine Khaye Doydora, daughter of a Plantation employee, passed the medical licensure exams in November 2020, making her the sixth doctor produced by the Foundation.

  5. Foundation scholars continue to receive the full benefits under the scholarship agreement even while studying at home. They learn to cope with the changes in learning methodologies and delivery during the pandemic. Allowances were used to purchase computers/tablets and internet access

  6. Monitoring and counselling of scholars continued and home visits were conducted in lieu of school visitation.

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

  8. The Foundation assisted six plantation public elementary schools in the school brigade (“Brigada Eskwela”) to ensure the safety of the teachers reporting to school while there are no in-person face-to-face classes.

  9. The Foundation collaborated with the Coalition of Better Education (CBE) for the sponsorship of an online training for teachers on Smart Ways to Teach from Home, a distance learning course, to equip plantation school teachers with the knowledge and skills needed under the new normal.

  10. Del Monte Philippines, Inc. partnered with NutriAsia to launch the “Share-a-Chair” program to convert plastic waste into school chairs and teachers’ tables and chairs. 600 chairs equivalent for use in 12 classrooms were repurposed from plastic waste.

  11. Wooden pallets from the cannery were converted into 550 school armchairs and donated to several local schools.

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School chairs made from recycled plastic waste

 
 
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Product donations to a community pantry

 

Donations

  1. More than ever, people relied on Del Monte donations to stock food banks and programs. DMFI donated about 1,840,000 kilos of food worth US$2.3 million to various food banks such as Feeding America, Conscious Alliance, Convoy of Hope, and Brackens Kitchen. Nearly US$750,000 was raised from corporate and plant monetary donations.

  2. Racial justice became a central focus for DMFI’s donations this year. We donated US$100,000 each to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Black Farmers Association.

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    Donation of face masks and juices by the Foundation

  3. US$40,000 was given to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Anti-Racism and Intersectional Justice Fund, and over US$45,000 more across the Cesar Chavez foundation and regional charities that support racial justice.

  4. DMPI donated about US$385,000 to the Del Monte Foundation to fund their community medical and dental missions, livelihood and scholarship programs. The Foundation donated over US$10,000 to Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School to prevent its closure.

  5. Through the Foundation, DMPI donated food products to over 400 non-governmental organizations, including about 50 medical facilities, and local government units to provide nutrition to over 200,000 people in indigent communities and medical facilities during the COVID-19 quarantine.

  6. The Foundation also donated washable personal protective equipment coveralls to doctors and nurses in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental through the Misamis Oriental Medical Society.

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    Cannery donation to the Provincial Government of Bukidnon

 

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