DAVAO, PHILIPPINES—In an effort to boost the immunity of Mindanao’s frontliners and support the community in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health crisis, Damosa Land Inc. (DLI), through its corporate social responsibility arm Damosa Land Cares, links arms with mother company Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) as they extend their help by donating agricultural products.
Seeing the need for food and immunity boost for the region’s survival, DLI leveraged their agricultural strength to provide the people who are bearing the brunt of fighting this pandemic with food products that can bolster their bodies’ defences. Similarly, the real estate developer also supplied the families of these frontliners and the community with a nutritious addition to their food ration during the enhanced community quarantine.
“Agriculture has always played a significant role in our company and the economy of the region. But in this unfortunate time of crisis, we have come to realize how big the industry’s part in the survival and recovery of those who were affected,” Ricardo “Cary” Lagdameo, Head of DLI, said.
The company provided agricultural products rich in vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system, such as bananas and pomelos, to the frontliners of the battle against COVID-19.
DLI’s banana donations were sourced from one of its sister companies Tagum Agricultural Development Company Inc. (TADECO), which produces and exports world-class quality bananas. Apart from the bananas from TADECO, the property developer will also be giving out harvested vegetables from Agriya Farm, located in their newly opened mixed-use property Agriya.
This donation program was spearheaded by Damosa Land Cares including a few of DLI’s employees. The team were involved in the picking up, packaging and the distribution of the food items. They made sure to practice the necessary safety protocols, such as social distancing and disinfection, to avoid the further spread of the virus.
The initial batch of food support was handed over to the frontliners in the military and the health care workers such as the Davao City Task Force, Davao Central 911, and PNP Barracks, and the Southern Philippines Medical Center. On top of this, DLI has also donated boxes of bananas to the communities in Panabo, SPMC, Island Garden City of Samal, and DLI’s construction workers in its ongoing projects. DLI will also be extending this not only to the frontliners, but also to those who need food ration the most.
“As the country’s food basket, Mindanao is blessed with abundant agricultural supply that can equip the community during this trying time. Our company chose to utilize the region’s agricultural strength to help those who are bravely fighting this pandemic. We want to provide our community with the necessary food items to boost their immune system, and hopefully aid in preventing the rising number of cases in the region,” he added.
DLI has also started its house-to-house relief efforts for the communities in Panabo city. The company has provided them some healthcare supplies such as face masks and shields that can further arm them with protection during this pandemic.
Apart from the agricultural products distributed by DLI, ANFLOCOR has also donated personal protective equipment to the frontliners of the hospitals in Davao Region. A polymerase chain reaction machine, an apparatus that processes samples from COVID-19-suspected patients, was also given to the Southern Philippines Medical Center to aid them in conducting COVID-19 tests.