Raising Global Health Starts On Our Doorstep

As a company with a Mission to help raise the level of global wellness, we have taken great effort to bring greater awareness on health and nutrition to communities closest to home.

Some 200 residents of 15 towns in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental are the latest beneficiaries under Del Monte Foundation's integrated home care program that shares valuable pointers on preventive health, emergency and disaster handling and solid waste management, among others, through sessions stretching across seven months.

Efforts of local government units to train and raise the level of skill of community health workers have gained support through subsidized monthly training sessions for over 200 Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) under six municipal federations in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. Honing first aid and emergency handling skills of para-medical workers has helped save many lives in remote communities.

Under “Operation Smile Train”, we work closely with local medical associations to help indigent children with cleft chin or palate avail of free reconstructive surgery. Some 50 patients who recently received post-operation kits cherish our gift of hope and a new life.

With the support of DELCA (Del Monte Ladies' Civic Association) and Phillips Memorial Hospital, our medical missions or free clinics have brought vital services to remote villages, including barangays Lico-an and Ocasion in Sumilao, located near the foot of Mt. Kitanglad, where nearly 600 residents received free check-up and medicines last year. In a city-wide medical mission in Cagayan de Oro spearheaded by Bombo Radyo, more than 1,000 indigent patients welcomed our assistance. In partnership with local government units, 130 rural children underwent free circumcision under Operation Tuli in barangays Mambatangan (Manolo Fortich) and San Jose (Quezon).

Helping homemakers dish up healthy, delicious and affordable meals for their families is a year-round program that we do for our host communities. Some 200 mothers eagerly joined the session in Linabo, Balingasag and in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

A community in great shape helps us sustain our operations through the future.


Our neighbors share how our services transform the life of their community.

“Del Monte has been our barangay's partner. Thank you to your teams - at the company and at Del Monte Foundation - for all your support in the past and hopefully, in the future. Our pre-schoolers benefitted from your feeding programs; other children received toys and gifts on Christmas. Your Operation Tuli, plus free medicines, helped our young boys. Our men and women have learned skills thru free seminars that support our Kabuhayan program. We also have nine barangay outposts and other community infrastructures, courtesy of your recyclable materials. Daghang salamat, Del Monte!” Amabel Tilap, Barangay Kagawad and Immediate Past Barangay Captain, Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon

Barangay Mambatangan has honored Del Monte Philippines with a plaque of appreciation “in grateful acknowledgement and generous assistance to the entire populace of Mambatangan” during the Synchronized Barangay Assembly and 100 Days Report of Barangay Captain Joseph Tilap. Del Monte Foundation also received a plaque for its outstanding service to community residents.

“Del Monte's support has improved the quality of service of Barangay Health Workers here in Libona. We now feel more confident in doing critical tasks for the community.” Cristituta Bacor, Barangay Health Worker, Libona, Bukidnon

A passion for growing our community

Our presence transforms the countryside and raises the quality of life of our neighbors.

Sharing our expertise

Community leaders, heads of families, women and out-of-school youth and families of our Mindanao employees have acquired technical skills that help them gain employment, start small businesses and augment family income. Del Monte Foundation's short-term technical skills courses serve as an alternative to college education, with graduates filling a high demand for trained manpower in the region's industry and service sectors. Some have organized themselves into trade associations that pursue communal livelihood projects with organizational support from the Foundation.

TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) ensures training standards comply with government requirements. Education centers in Camp Phillips and in Manolo Fortich, Libona and lmpasug-ong (Bukidnon) also serve as satellite agro-technology and leadership training centers for barangay officials and residents.

Local governments help select training participants and identify skills needed by the community. Some 500 graduates from Plantation camps; barangays Mambatangan (Manolo Fortich) Vista Villa, Poblacion (Sumilao) Kuya (Maramag); Libona, lmpasug-ong and Baungon (Bukidnon); El Salvador, Claveria and Alubijid (Misamis Oriental); and Cagayan de Oro completed courses in electrical welding, small engine mechanics, electronics, food processing, cosmetology, sewing and beadwork, baking, commercial cooking, basic driving, and basic computer applications.

Green Initiatives

Del Monte harnesses the support of volunteers to plant trees, rehabilitate tree farms, reforest denuded areas, clean upland waterways and coastal waters, and share eco-friendly farming and other practices with the community. The Company and the Foundation jointly support plant nurseries that now grow hundreds of tree saplings for the community. Neighboring farmers earn extra income under a food-for-work program where they prepare seed bags and nurture saplings. At the Plantation Seedling Dispersal Station (Crossing, Libona), seedlings of indigenous trees are distributed free to schools, government agencies and private organizations. With a 200,000 seedling capacity, the nursery ably provides for planting requirements of the Company as well as the community.

The Foundation has adopted a mountain Libona (Bukidnon) for re-greening. Volunteers marked the mountain's second year of reforestation by planting an additional 2,500 seedlings on its slopes. Local farmers have been tapped to take care of young plants and grow them to maturity.

Local fishermen welcome the Company's support to raise income from the rich marine waters near the Cannery. The Cannery employee cooperative extended low-interest credit assistance to the local fishermen's association, allowing them to purchase environment-friendly fishing nets and gear.

Del Monte's programs for the community reflect our deep concern for the welfare and well-being of those who share in growing our business.

Champions in the family

Llanah Leah Ebare, a Del Monte-Jose Yao Campos Scholar, has been honored with the De La Salle University Gawad Mag-aaral Award for Meritorious Service in rites held at DLSU-Manila campus. Gawad Mag-aaral promotes excellence and recognizes achievements among La Salle students in the fields of leadership, sports, campus journalism, cultural arts and community service. Leah's active involvement in DLSU's Discipline Office Paragons Program (DOP) has given her opportunity to serve others. a value she learned early on at Del Monte. DOP members include students with exemplary academic record and potential to lead fellow students. Leah is the daughter of Plantati€Jn Engineering Mgr. Loloy and Ga-ga Ebare.

Del Monte Scholar MICKA VIRTUDAZO received the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Award for earning high marks in 'conduct and effort' during graduation rites at Xavier University High School in Cagayan de Oro. Mitch pursues her college studies as a Del Monte scholar at the same university. She is the daughter of lreneo and Nelia Virtudazo of Damilag, Manalo Fortich.

Cannery Quality Assurance supervisor REX MANUEL PAAYAS has been honored by the Professional Regulation Commission and the Professional Regulatory Board of Chemical Engineering for his “unwavering commitment, unselfish dedication and leadership in uplifting and enriching the level of competence of the Filipino Chemical Engineers through continuous support of activities of its professional organization.” Rex, who serves as Vice President for Mindanao of the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers (PIChE), received the citation from PRC official Engr. Francisco Arellano in rites held in Cagayan de Oro.

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