A Different Challenge Each Day

Something Makes Her Blush With Pride

Virgencita “Virgie” Garguena is a technician at the new product deparbnent of our cannery and her work involves two key processes - formulating new products and improving old ones. Having been part of the team that has managed the “birth” and “rebirth” of Del Monte products in the last years, she looks back at those years brimming with pride and enthusiasm. Each year has been full of exciting challenges. Incredible! Right now we're developing another quality product (can't tell you what it is just yet) and there'll be a lot of testing and retesting until we're confident our customers will love it.

Virgie's job requires close coordination with our marketing department who are the originators of new product ideas. Her job is to help give these ideas form and substance. “It's really cross-departmental teamwork, the way TQM is supposed to operate,” she explains. And it puts her right on the spot every woman loves to be - the kitchen. At our New Product Development kitchen, Virgie, who works with the sauce and bean team, mixes ingredients, does taste tests, and cooks product samples. These are then retested by the Marketing's New Business Development department which may require alterations or improvements to the recipe. “The Makati team are really our direct customers,” Virgie says, “and needless to say it's my team's obligation to delight them.”

One of Virgie's greatest joys is to see a product she has helped develop on the supermarket shelf and customers filling their shopping carts with it. The scene always makes her blush with pride. For her, it's the ultimate proof of a job well done.

A Different Challenge Each Day

F or Daniel “Danny” Dominisac, each day is totally different from another, though he's been with the Land Concerns department for years.

“With the kind of work we do - surveying, levelling, sketching - not a day passes without a totally new flavor to it,” Danny says. “That's good because that makes my job always exciting.”

Danny is an instrument man at the Land Concerns, using the alidade in doing topographical surveys. A busy day may be spent, for example, at the feedlot in Cawayanon where a creek has to be diverted, or at the drawing board. “We're actually doing pollution control work at the feedlot,” explains Danny. ” We have to divert the water from its natural course so that it misses the manure that comes down from the livestock area. The alidade is the instrument we use to survey the area and map out the terrain. It defines contour and elevation and helps us design drainage systems or plot out the land.“

Other days may find Danny assisting in land maintenance operations, building access roads, or planning road alignment projects.

How does he gear himself up for the day's work? “There is only one requirement in order to complete the day's assignments. Constant preparedness. When I come to work at dawn, I'm ready for surprises,” he says, making it sound so easy and sounding very confident.

Danny's close to 20 years with the company help him face the wide variety of day-to-day challenges. It helps, too, to have a supportive family: wife Corazon and daughters Karen and Katherine Ann.

Taking The Big Leap

Eusebio “Jun” Patenio Jr. made a decision six years ago to elevate himself above the simplicity of life in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental. That decision took him hundreds of miles away from his town to Manila where he landed a job at Del Monte's Makati office.

Now 35 years old, Jun says he never regretted making that decision. As mailroom assistant, Jun looks forward to each day at Del Monte with enthusiasm and fervor.

His activities are simple yet taxing: He sorts the incoming mail at the start of the day and delivers these to the addressees. By late morning, he prepares the letters and packages bound for Asia, Europe and the U.S. By late afternoon, he prepares the mailbag for Bugo and Plantation. Seems like a cycle of routinary tasks. Jun nevertheless expects excitement each day. How could there be?

“I am also responsible for picking up the mail from the Makati and Manila post offices during the noon time. The whole operation takes me one and a half hours to accomplish - one and a half hours out of the office. This duty represents the highlight of the day when I could go out of the office, not exactly for a breath of fresh air because we're short of that here, but for a bit of exercise,” he says.

This way, Jun maintains his optimistic outlook. All's not that settled with Jun, though. While happy with his present circumstances, he remains a hometown boy at heart, longing for the day when he could go home to Alubijid for good. Meanwhile, he makes good at his job, to provide for his growing family composed of sons Michael, 5, Melvin, 4, and daughter Eula, 3. His wife, Mila, a homemaker comes from Aklan.

That Inner Joy

Vivencio “JUN” Bayaton Jr., an employee at the Plantation Storeroom in Phillips, may not get any reward for a recent deed of honesty. But for him, that's not the thing that really counts. What really counts is the joy that comes from an honest deed.

Jun found a diamond-studded gold ring at the Phillips Machine Shop lavatory, and immediately turned this over to Plantation Security. Notices had already been posted in Phillips to advise the owner of the lost item to claim it at the Security Headquarters.

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