Our employees in the Isabela and Juana Díaz sites love to participate in community and professional activities, and they look for opportunities to help their neighbors.
During the holiday season Isabela employees participated in a gift-drive for the kids at Hogar Albergue Jesús de Nazaret, a shelter for neglected children. Hogar Albergue Jesús de Nazaret is the home for 12-15 children. The shelter depends on community donations and volunteer work. TV station WORA, channel 5, organized the drive in which Monsanto participated along with other companies in the Western region.
In January, just a few days before Three Kings Day, Juana Díaz employees organized their own gift-drive for the children at the Manzanilla, Arúz community. They gave away presents for each of the 50 children, aged 1 to 10, which live in this community. This is the fifth year in a row that the Juana Díaz employees organize this type of event. Each year they select a shelter or community in need that will benefit from this initiative.
In early February the “Off-the-Job-Safety” Committee in Juana Díaz gave a helping hand to the Santa Marta minor baseball league. The committee donated uniforms for all team members plus a first aid kit. The team was very happy about the donation and they dedicated the current baseball season to Monsanto. Yadisha López, who represented Monsanto during the first season game, had the honor of throwing the first ball of the season.
In March, the Women’s Network Committee organized an event to offer information and guidance to abused women. The seminar, ‘Domestic Violence and Resiliency’ took place at Barrio Arenales Altos in Isabela and was attended by 16 people. Attorneys Migdalia Rosa Olivo and Carlos R. Ferreri, experts on domestic violence issues, offered the seminar. Personnel from Casa Protegida Julia de Burgos, a shelter for abused women, also participated at the event. They also offered information about the zika virus, which is a health issue that has been the focus of attention during the past months.
Also, a group of mechanical agricultural technology students from the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus visited our Juana Díaz site for a guided tour of the facilities, as well as share how technology is used in Monsanto’s operations. Jorge Quiñones and Daniel de Jesús, farm coordinators at Monsanto Juana Díaz, gave a keynote on topics such as ArcGIS and Autopilot, georeferencing, seeding with GPS, weather stations, and seed processing. The students were also able to see a live demonstration of how the autopilot and the seeder work.