Pulilan, Bulacan: Some 500 children primarily from underserved communities in this town were beneficiaries of a free medical program provided by Monsanto Philippines.
Monsanto Philippines Bulacan Plant Manager Cris Palarca said that a joint partnership program with volunteer pediatricians and general medical practitioners in the area conducted the free medical outreach to more 500 children, who were given medical check-ups and vitamin supplements.
Before they conducted the medical mission of free check ups and consultation, a team from Monsanto conducted surveys in terms of the beneficiary’s medical needs near the company’s Refuge-in-a-Bag Plant and cold warehouse located in Bulacan.
Palarca said that despite some progress made in quality and affordable healthcare provisions, a number of children in the area continue to suffer from stunted growth, compromised cognitive development, and poor physical health.
“This very helpful initiative by our colleagues at our Pulilan Plant aims to help sustain healthy communities where poverty and lack of basic healthcare remain daunting problems. Monsanto will continue to build strong roots in the local communities where we operate, empowering families not only in health, but also through education, livelihood and environment programs,” Monsanto’s Corporate Affairs Lead Charina Ocampo said.
Aside from the medical check-up, Monsanto also entertained the kids with the presentation of the digital animation of Monsanto’s published children’s book titled “Lina’s Town Rises Again,” which was inspired by the tale of triumph of a lady corn farmer from Sultan Kudarat.
Monsanto also gave the children copies of the book along with school supplies such as crayons and coloring paper.
The published book and the presentation of the digital animation were meant to help younger generation and their parents gain a basic understanding of the food value chain, and the role of modern science in keeping up with the growing demand for food.
Monsanto Philippines is a local unit of Monsanto, a Fortune 500 global company with a diverse portfolio of advanced biotechnology products produced in 404 facilities in 66 countries. It has four facilities spread out across the country, which includes its head office in Alabang, a Refuge-in-a-Bag (RIB) Plant and cold warehouse located in Bulacan, and an R&D station in Mindanao.
The company also has partnerships with the Philippine government through the Department of Agriculture as well as the local scientific and academic communities in the promotion of modern agricultural biotechnology.
Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish the growing world. It produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops—such as corn, soybeans, sorghum, canola, and cotton that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently.
Ocampo said that they work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease.
Through programs and partnerships, they collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, she added.