On High Gear

 

 

Del Monte Foundation (DMFI) was established in 1994 as the CSR arm of Del Monte Philippines, Inc. to promote social progress in Northern Mindanao through rural education, youth development and skills training. It focuses its efforts on poor families through programs for the youth, mothers and children, schools and identified municipalities. It has four programs designed to attain this mission, namely; Education, Scholarships & Youth Development, Community Health & Home Care Education, Technical Skills Training & Livelihood Development and Environmental Conservation.



DMFI kicked off the opening of school year 2013 with the expansion of its scholarship program to far-flung areas in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. Del Monte Philippines has been supporting scholars since the 1950’s and has produced more than a thousand graduates. This year, the Foundation launched the Del Monte Barrio Grant-in-Aid Scholarship that enabled 110 poor but gifted high school and college students from over 50 remote barangays to go to school. This is on top of the 270 academic scholars that the Foundation currently supports. Del Monte Barrio scholars receive financial assistance that covers tuition and other school fees plus book, uniform and living allowances.


 

Moreover, the Foundation constructed and turned-over in June 2013 four (4) new classroom buildings to public elementary schools in the towns of Manolo Fortich and Libona where Del Monte’s pineapple plantation is located. The beneficiary schools were identified through consultation with the DepEd provincial office of Bukidnon and the LGU’s. Each classroom building followed DepEd standard and is equipped with a comfort room, armchairs, bulletin board and chalkboard. This is DMFI’s contribution to the TEN Moves project supported by the League of Corporate Foundations.