Development Of Employee Communities

Over 2,000 employee-families residing in plantation camps have benefited most from the recent completion of various infrastructure projects designed to upgrade living conditions among these families.

During the past years, improvement and renovation projects for housing units and other facilities at the plantation were completed at the cost of 19.5 million pesos. The projects were undertaken in Camps Phillips, JMC, 9, 14, 3, Fabia, Sumilao and Impasug-ong.

About half of these projects - costing over 9 million pesos - included maintenance and renovation jobs for some 1,300 housing units throughout all camps. They covered about 70 percent of the plantation's over 1,800 housing units.

The 93-man Plantation Civil Engineering group under then Pltn. Support Services Senior Manager Bonifacio D. Quiaoit managed these projects. Private contractors were also employed. The renovation work included installation of water lines, double walling, tiling of comfort rooms, screening of doors and windows, ceiling and painting.

Complementing renovation work for housing units was the construction of infrastructure facilities. Completed infrastructure projects include sports facilities, waiting sheds, drainage canals, concrete walkways and improvements on plantation subroads.

These projects, managed by the Plantation Personnel and Employee Facilities group under Senior Manager Warfredo C. Balandra, were completed at the cost of 1.7 million pesos.

Another 6.4 million pesos in projects undertaken by the Plantation Personnel group covered construction work for water systems, garbage and drainage facilities, social halls, day care centers and other facilities as well as pest control operations.

Main roads throughout the plantation were also repaired by the CE group to the tune of 0.7 million pesos, ensuring easy mobility within camps.

Adrian C. Pabayo and Ronald E. Lorton, Employee and Community Relations and Plantation Operations Directors, respectively, stressed that the company has embarked on an extensive improvement program in plantation to provide resident families with upgraded facilities. Both said: “Management gives its full support to the full development of our employee communities.”

For the current fiscal year, an additional 20 million pesos have been earmarked for the completion of more projects.

On top of these infrastructure projects, socio-economic, cultural and sports programs are being implemented to enhance community life among plantation residents.

Improved facilities, some 1,300 housing units at the plantation undergo continuing repair to ensure utmost convenience for resident families. Other infrastructures completed include concrete walkways, sports facilities, waiting sheds and drainage canals. The construction of water facilities has also been stepped up. During the groundbreaking rites for camp 3's deep-well system, Plantation Operations Director Ronald E. Lorton and Mrs. Florencia P. Cabatingan, Regional Vice President for Northern Mindanao of the Associated Labor Union (ALU), preside over switch-on of the drilling rig. Looking on are Plantation Pineapple Operations Group Manager Vince Salem and Plantation Maintenance Manager Boks Garilao.

Extending education's multiplier effect

Del Monte Philippines for years have helped provide both the substance and process needed to promote the quality of education among Northern Mindanao's more than 100,000 schoolchildren.

Since 1955, Del Monte has supported the education of over 2,000 deserving students from the region through its scholarship program. For this school year, some 280 high school, college, industrial technology and medical students enjoy Del Monte's scholarship support which include tuition, other school fees, and allowances.

To implement its scholarship program, the company spends about 1.5 million pesos each year.

On top of its scholarship program, Del Monte provides over 6 million pesos in school subsidies to Bukidnon elementary and secondary schools and to Xavier University. This annual educational assistance package is aimed at helping recipient schools upgrade its physical facilities for a better learning environment.

While enriching the educational growth of students, Del Monte provides equal opportunity for professional growth among public and private elementary and secondary schoolteachers and school administrators in Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental.

Edmundo R. Chavez, Community Outreach Program Manager, stresses that the company's education programs are done in coordination with the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) and leading private institutions of the region.

The Del Monte Development Institute for Teachers is the other half of Del Monte's educational training program. Since 1988, a total of 233 teachers have trained under the institute's program of “better teaching and better curricular development.” These trained teachers have conducted re-echo workshops for their fellow teachers extending further the multiplier effects of Del Monte' educational improvement programs.

On the other hand, under Del Monte 's school development planning program, administrators of 14 pilot schools have undergone training in five-year development planning with the institute's curricular experts. The results have been better directional approaches to the region's educational planning.

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