Last July 28, 2009, the “Adopt-A-School” Project of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. supported by Dole Philippines, Inc. distributed 345 Supplemental Textbooks in Math, Science and English to New Dumangas and Desawo Elementary School. The activity was attended by the Department of Education, Division of South Cotabato.
During the ceremony,Dr. Fe Sepaya, the “Adopt-A-School” coordinator, inspired the pupils of the two schools. She also challenged the parents of the elementary schoolchildren when she said, “the pupils who are our future leaders need our assistance today as parents. Hence, if we need to learn how to read, we also have to study with the pupils.” Atty. Melquiades L. Hernandez, III, the Director of the Division of Human Resources of Dole Philippines expressed Dole’s vision for its community. According to him, “Dole Philippines can only be considered as a successful company if its community can also become what they’ve dreamed it to be.”
The turnover ceremony in Desawo was followed by a Standard Based Assessment (SBA) Test with Dole Philippines School and an Information and Education Campaign (IEC) on “Points to Good Health” with the District Nurses from the DepEd District of Tboli.