Over 500 children in Bulacan receive free medical check-up from Monsanto PH

10/28/2016

Monsanto Philippines recently led a free medical outreach to over 500 children from underserved communities in Pulilan, Bulacan. In joint partnership with volunteer pediatricians and general medical practitioners in the area, the activity also provided vitamin supplements to sustainably address the different medical needs of young beneficiaries in the said area.   

Monsanto’s Bulacan Plant Manager Kris Palarca shared that before the outreach, the company conducted surveys in terms of the health needs of the communities 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 said area still 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,” said Monsanto’s Corporate Affairs Lead Charina Ocampo. “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,” Ocampo added.

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 copies of the said book along with school supplies such as crayons and coloring paper.

Ocampo shared that 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.

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About Monsanto Philippines
Monsanto Philippines is a local unit of Monsanto, a Fortune 500 global power company with a diverse portfolio of advanced biotechnology products produced in 404 facilities in 66 countries. To date, Monsanto Philippines 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. To learn more, please visit
www.monsanto.ph.


About Monsanto
Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We 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. We 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, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.