Rural families in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental do not only learn valuable lessons to earn a living or care for their children with the support of Del Monte Foundation, Inc. (DMFI), they are now active partners in eco-conservation
Environment protection is now an integral part of DMFI s community-based technical skills training program whose graduates include unemployed heads of families and out-of school youth.
Before completing a 20-day livelihood training conducted in their own barangays by DMFI and training partners LGU and TESDA, trainees plant tree seedlings or help rehabilitate dying trees.
Recent graduates planted, July 12-13 and Aug. 19. a total of 1,600 seedlings in community tree parks prior to receiving their diplomas in Defensive Driving (Cawayan, Impasug-ong; 63 participants). Small Engine Servicing (Kalugmanan, Manolo Fortich 35 participants). Electncal Installation & Maintenance (Palabucan, Libona; 32 participants) and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Casisang Malaybalay; 68 participants). DMFI Executive Director Bella Quimpo, TESDA-Bukidnon Provincial Director Kotie Bax and LGU officials attended their respective graduation rites.
The tree-planting program reflects Del Monte s commitment to help communities preserve the environment as it highlights the need for multi-sectoral cooperation in environment protection.
Another DMFI group of graduates - rural mothers training on Flome Care Education - planted August 13 and 18, tree seedlings near the community water sources in barangays Buenavista (500 seedlings) and Mabuhay (500 seedlings), both in Baungon, Bukidnon. Graduates learn - over five months - how to grow family values, health and eco-protection, DMFI, social outreach arm of leading pineapple grower manufacturer and exporter Del Monte Phils Inc., extends educational, livelihood, health and other services in over 100 communities in northern Mindanao.
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