Monsanto Employees Give Back to their Alabang Community

Monsanto Philippines’ employees recently visited Elsie Gaches Village in Alabang, Muntinlupa City to bring Christmas gifts to its residents and engage them in joyful activities.The facility is the country’s largest shelter for orphaned children and adults with development disorders or disabilities. Over 150 residents of Elsie Gaches Village joined the program organized by the Monsanto employees.

Corporate Engagement Lead Charina Garrido Ocampo said: “Concern for others and sharing are part of Monsanto’s company culture.Together with our local partners, we develop programs that allow us to give back to various communities where we are present -- like building schools and housing infrastructure, providing financial literacy to women farmers, and educating the youth about agriculture and biotechnology.” 

Ocampo explained that for a time the company focused these social programs in key provincial areas but this Christmas, Monsanto employees decided to turn their attention to the immediate community where the company primarily leads its business – in Alabang, Muntinlupa.

“What is particularly unique about the activity was that it was employee-led. There are about 50 personnel in the local office and all of them brought gifts they carefully chose and purchased for the residents they visited. The company’s leadership is really just happily supporting what is truly an employee-led effort,” Ocampo shared.

Employees held an entertaining program to bring laughter to the residents and shared a meal with them. For the kids, a short animated film was shown of the children’s book Lina’s Town Rises Again -- a story about a female corn farmer from Sultan Kudarat who helped her community successfully recover from a devastating typhoon through the use of modern and sustainable farming methods.The company also donated several sacks of rice to Elsie Gaches to help address the daily rice needs of the residents.


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

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.