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Delight Our Customers

Del Monte's aggressive advance into a market overcrowded by competition certainly added zest to an already lively month.

At the Pryce Plaza in Cagayan de Oro, the Philippine Market team, led by Vice-President Alex Castillo unveiled Del Monte's newest line of fruit juice and sauce products. Introduced were the company's new juice flavors, spaghetti sauce, ketchup and a new line of pineapple solids. Def Monte's new packaging for three of its sauce products and an innovative way of selling our juices were also unveiled.

Most of the new products, said New Product Development Manager Luz Boyonas, will satisfy the Filipino's preference for sweet-tasting products.

Del Monte came up with new flavors for its 202 juice lineup. Research shows that orange, mango and pineapple flavors account for 85 percent of national fruit juice sales. To compete in this huge market, Del Monte came up with sweetened orange and pineapple plus an entirely new flavor, mango. Sweetened pineapple, orange and mango compose the three newest additions to the 202s - the only ones showing the number on the litho cans. The sweetened orange and mango juices and one of Del Monte's bestsellers - pineapple crush - are also packaged in the 46-ounce cans.

From small pineapples comes Sliced Junior Pineapple - the newest addition to our pineapple solids lineup. “Junior” contains smaller ring slices. A 2 1/2 can packs 29 “Junior” slices (vs. only 8 “Seniors”).

Introduced as new members to our sauces family are Sweet-Style Spaghetti Sauce and Sweet Blend Ketchup. They are expected to be “hits” with kids.

Reintroduced was our tomato ketchup. From now on it will be known as “Original Blend Ketchup”. Aside from the new name, the ketchup will feature a new look - a new label, that is - but will retain the same taste and quality which made it the country's no. 1. The menudo estofado and mechado-caldereta sauces, once hobbled by a minor packaging problem and now more effectively repackaged, are expected to make a dramatic comeback.

Meanwhile, juice dispensers have been installed in food outlets across Metro Manila. These dispensers thrust our juice products farther forward, putting them within our customers' easy reach. Plans are also underway to install Del Monte juice dispensers in other cities nationwide.

New product launching, Marketing Vice-President Alejarydro T. Castillo leads Del Monte's Sales and Marketing group in unveiling new products for the Philippine Market to the sales forces of our distributors in the Visayas and Mindanao. Also attending the launching were senior executives of our Plantation, Cannery and Logistics operations groups.

The DMPI Employees Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative, Inc. (DEARBCI) has a new set of leaders.

Raymund L. Casino, a Bugo Accounting Services supervisor, and Mauricio L. Butal, a West Cultural leadman, were elected as new president and vice president of DEARBCI. Inducted into office, Casino and Butal will serve the cooperative. Casino, formerly the vice president, replaces Reynor D. Casino Sr. who has been the cooperative's president since the cooperative was organized.

The general elections placed into office new members as well as re-electionists to the cooperative's Board of Directors. The present Board of Directors also includes Reynor Casino, Gene Auxtero, Roberto Desamparado, Geronimo de los Santos, Bonifacio Magdayo, Leonil Quilab, Nelson Gualdaquever, Felix Sonquipal, Rolando Aguilar, Verne Ello, Amante Sison, Virginia Somobay and Celestino Cubillo. New members of the Audit Committee were also elected: Teofilo Abucay, Rosalina Lagat, Nicanor Vallecerna, Apollo Alavanza and Ronalda Manoop, and for the Election Committee: Victor Amenabar, Benjamin Borja, Domingo Bautista, Ernesto Salon and Steve Bass.

The Board also appointed plantation monthlies union leader Roy Rivera as secretary and former plantation worker Rosita Abellanosa as treasurer.

The cooperative has recently entered into another exciting business venture.

DEARBCI launched its trucking business, sensing a great opportunity in Del Monte's hauling operations. The business now provides employment for the families of DEARBCI members and generates additional income for the cooperative.

DEARBCI President Raymund Casino says the cooperative has loaned 1.5 million pesos from the Land Bank of the Philippines to procure two trucks to be used in various hauling operations.

The cooperative's trucks haul fruits, seeds and materials for company operations. The cooperative expects to realize some 72,000 pesos in annual net profits, paying off the loan in three years.

Drop in your thoughts, delight our Customers!

It's open to everyone. It's easy to do. All that it requires is that you care about your job and that you want to improve some of the cannery's work processes.

Put a burning idea on paper! Drop your suggestion at any of the six boxes found in strategic points at the cannery. Some 100 ideas about how we can improve productivity, quality and safety have been submitted. We need more!

Inspired by the Makati office's Suggestion Program, the Cannery Senior Steering Team under Loloy Dejos launched on Valentine's Day the “Delight the Customer” campaign. Suggestion boxes were installed at the Machine Shop, Preparation, Can Plant, Labelling, Liquids and Stevedoring work areas. Suggestion forms have been distributed among cannery employees. The campaign has caught fire. Ideas ranging from better housekeeping to process improvement have been submitted and are being processed into policies, systems and projects.

How do these suggestions turn into working realities? In the morning of each working day, all suggestion boxes are opened by the Cannery Safety and Training staff headed by Rocky Jacutin. They submit the suggestions to departments concerned - the process owners - for immediate action. Suggestions which require capital outlay for major changes in processes are forwarded to the Cannery Steering Team for approval.

During the monthly Cannery TQM Senior Steering Team meeting, suggestions with the highest potential for “added value” are discussed by the team composed of Operations Director Loloy Dejos, Senior Managers Buddy Bacus, Tiny dela Paz and Jake Cabatino, and Managers Rocky Jacutin, Cloy Abejuela and Bobby Dawal.

Hand in hand with the Delight the Customer Campaign goes Cannery's Theme of the Month program. The winning theme for the month is prominently posted at production areas. Themes are chosen from suggestions given by the cannery's natural work teams.

The Delight the Customer and the Theme of the Month campaigns are support programs of the Cannery's Total Quality Management Program.

Del Monte Cited for Outstanding Parenthood and Child Care Program

Del Monte Philippines, Inc. was cited “Outstanding Company” by the Philippine Center for Population and Development, Inc. (PCPDI) for its efforts in instituting the Responsible Parenthood-Maternal and Child Health (RPMCH) Program at its industrial site in Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City.

The award was given during the first annual conference of RP-MCH participating companies of Northern Mindanao, held at the VIP Hotel.

Del Monte was lauded “for its deep sense of social responsibility” and “strong commitment to and exemplary efforts in promoting health and welfare of its workers and families” as shown by its active pursuance of the program.

Del Monte Personnel Admin., HRD and Labor Relations Senior Manager Severino V. Tabasuares Jr., who received the award, said the award would inspire Del Monte to further deepen its commitment to the program's objective of enriching family life.

Company Liaison Officer for the RPMCH Program, Maria Isabel C. Malferrari, was also cited as “Outstanding Liaison Officer” for her “dedication and commitment” and “exemplary and selfless efforts”. Assistant Liaison Officer Rolando Cabrillos and Rosario Saavedra received special awards as Outstanding Kaugnays.

PCPDI launched the industry-based RP-MCH Program. The corporation - a nongovernment, nonprofit organization - has engaged the cooperation of industrial partners in implementing the 3-year RP-MCH Program. It shares in the financing of the project and offers its expertise and resources to the implementing company.

The RP-MCH Program provides married couples guidance in family planning. It also promotes programs for safe motherhood and child survival.

Del Monte launched its program. It then formed a core group of 30 motivators or Kaugnays, conducted seminars and launched a “Outstanding Mothers” contest. It hopes to serve more than 1,000 packing table workers, mostly women, in its various programs.

Standard Control Inspector Dionisia Mabao was chosen “Most outstanding Mother” under the Cannery's Responsible Parenthood Maternal and Child Health Program (RPMCHP). Dioning, a widow who has singlehandedly raised six children. Jane (a veterinarian), Diona (a dental medicine student), daughter-in-law Helen, Bernard Jr. (a music major at Silliman), Erwin (a customs graduate now working at the Processing Dept.), his son John Martin, and Rolf (an engineer now working at RACCAI), Garry, a physical therapy student.

The family of Cannery Operations Senior Manager Jesus “Jake” Cabatino was adjudged Family of the Year by the National Chapter of the Knights of Columbus. The Cabatinos are active supporters of the K of C movement and other church activities. Jake and wife Cristina serve as models to children Leonard, Robert, son-in-taw Emilor.

C.A.U.S.E. Now In Hall Of Fame

A multi-awarded youth group at the plantation, the Committed Altruists for Unity and Societal Evolution (CAUSE), has received the country's highest honors in the field of youth outreach work for its longstanding effort to curb drug addiction.

CAUSE was awarded the Presidential Hall of Fame Trophy during rites held, in Cagayan de Oro. CAUSE became the Award's first recipient after winning the TOYOPHIL (Three Most Outstanding Youth Organizations of the Philippines) Award for three consecutive years. The group, youth arm of the Plantation-based Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Council Inc. (DAPCCI), also received the TOYOPHIL award.

CAUSE President Genevieve Yongco and DAPCCI Chairman Rolly Caro, the youth group's moderator, received the Presidential Trophy from Dangerous Drugs Board Chairman Manuel Supnet during the rites.

DDB awards the prestigious TOYOPHIL trophies to community-based youth groups that have organized outstanding projects to address the drug issue.

DAPCCI, an organization of Del Monte plantation employees and civic leaders from communities surrounding the plantation, has strongly supported CAUSE's efforts to sustain its anti-drug drive and livelihood programs. It has also organized core groups among elders to provide guidance to its youth groups.

Del Monte President and Gen. Manager George A. Error, in a message delivered during the awarding rites, cited CAUSE for setting the example of self-sufficiency to other community youth groups.

The awards rites highlighted the 2nd Youth Outreach Program Against Drug Abuse (YOPADA) National Convention held at the Phillips Social Hall. The convention was attended by over 120 youth leaders from all over the country.

Miss YOPADA Philippines, Josephine Galonca, a nineteen year old college student from Marikina, Metro Manila, won the Miss YOPADA (Youth Outreach Program Against Drug Abuse) crown from among 10 candidates from all over the country. Members of her court are 3rd runner-up and Miss Talent Eden Maderal (Bukidnon); 2nd runner-up Marie Michelle Dace (Butuan City); 1st runner-up Bernadette Salamat (Rizal Province); and 4th runner-up Luntok Diane Gallardo (Bicol Region). Cagayan de Oro representative Jane Pefialosa won the competition 's Best in Swimsuit title.

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