Banana Industry conducts free medical clinic for IPs

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The La Panday Foods Corporation (LFC) and the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) in partnership with the local government unit of Hagonoy Davao del Sur conducted another free medical clinic for the indigent community of Sitio Camocaan on July 15, 2014 at the community court of the Sitio in Guihing, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur.

 
More than 700 people were given free medical assistance and services which include consultation, tooth extraction and medicines. A supplemental feeding program was also conducted.

Demetria Manggaga of Sitio Camocaan, together with her husband  and grandchildren, were among those who benefited from the clinic.
 
“ Maayo gyud ilang gibuhat dri sa amua, labaw na sa paghatag ug mga tambal. Akong mga apo ky nangasakit labaw na akong bana, lisud magkuha ug tambal sa hospital ky puno kaayo, naa higayon paulion nalang ka ug wala gyud kay madala na tambal.” (This medical mission is really appreciated here in the community, especially the free medicines. My grandchildren are sick and so is my husband and it’s difficult to get medical assistance from the hospital because they are already full. There were even instances where they just sent us home without any medicine.)
 
Hagonoy Municpality Mayor Franco M. Calida expresses his gratitude to La Panday and PBGEA for being the government’s partner in helping out the community. “This   has been a regular effort and the Indigenous People (IP) in the area really need this. Aside from the regular medical clinics, the banana industry has also put up a Day Care Center in the area.)
 
Mr. Hernani Geronimo, Head of the Strategic Human Resources Department of LFC shares, “We have been operating in this community for a long time and this is our home too. We want the community to have their basic health and medical requirements checked. It’s good to make sure that those in the community achieve a certain healthy physical well-being so they can be more productive. If the community is healthy and progressive then we achieve a certain degree of success as well. The local government unit cannot do this alone and they need all the partners they can get, and we are privileged to have been a major development partner of the local governement and Mayor Calida. “
 
PBGEA Executive Director Stephen Antig adds, “The success and survival of the industry rests on the health and well-being of the growers, the workers, the families and the communities that sorround the farmlands that protecting their health and well being is of utmost importance and central to our operations with the belief that quality of life is an important measure of business performance.”
 
Datu Ramil Morillo, Sitio Camocaan’s Tribal Chieftain acknowledges the shared effort of the company and the government. “Nakatulong gyud. Unta magpadayon pa ang partnership sa company ug sa gobyerno sa paghatag ug ing-ani nga serbisyo sa publiko. (This truly helped and we hope that the partnership between the company and the government continues to bring services like this to the public.)

Each year, the banana industry shells out more than hundreds of millions of pesos for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects/activities that endeavors to uplift and empower the local community.
 
The industry’s community development interventions are focused on the improvement of the quality of lives of all banana stakeholders and the general public through the following programs: health-related activities, medical/dental interventions including supplemental feeding programs and provision of potable water supply systems; environmental interventions; scholarship grants for dependents of workers; skills training and livelihood opportunities to augment household incomes; disaster prevention, relief and rehabilitation support service and assistance in times of calamities; and various infrastructure projects. 
 
More than three million individuals are dependent on the banana export industry for their basic needs and self-esteem. The industry also helps mould the future of two million children in Mindanao.
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The banana industry in partnership with the local government unit of Hagonoy Davao del Sur conducted another free medical clinic for the indigent community of Sitio Camocaan on July 15, 2014 

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 The banana industry wants to make sure that those in the community achieve a certain healthy physical well-being so they can be more productive. If the community is healthy and progressive then the industry achieve a certain degree of success as well. 

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 A young resident of Camocaan happily clutching the free vitamins and new slippers that were distributed during the free medical clinic conducted by the banana industry.

LFC_Medical_Mission_July_15,_2015_(20)[1] More than 700 people were given free medical assistance and services during the medical clinic which include consultation, tooth extraction and medicines. The medical clinic was conducted by the banana industry . A supplemental feeding program was also conducted.

LFC_Medical_Mission_July_15,_2015_(25)[1] Each year, the banana industry shells out more than hundreds of millions of pesos for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects/activities that endeavors to uplift and empower the local community.

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One thought on “Banana Industry conducts free medical clinic for IPs

  1. In addition to the billion dollar revenue it brings and the millions of workers it employs, the banana industry keeps giving to our country. Let’s hope the government strives to support and protect this industry.

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