Mondelez International continues to heed the call for well-being
Olympic Silver Medalist Hidilyn Diaz joins Mondeléz PHILIPPINES employees in pushing active play and proper nutrition for well-being
MARIKINA, Philippines. – Two hundred employees of Mondelez International in the Philippines volunteered to spend work hours conducting active play games with students in three different public elementary schools as part of the Company’s annual Global Volunteer Month initiative. As part of its commitment to protect the well-being of people and the planet, Mondelez International has dedicated the month of October to giving back to communities across 165 countries worldwide, led by employees who answer the call through meaningful service projects that promote healthy lifestyles, overall community well-being and employee growth and development.
In the Philippines, simultaneous active play games conceptualized by the employees themselves were conducted at the Esteban Abada Elementary School in Quezon City; La Huerta Elementary School in Paranaque; and the Nangka Elementary School in Marikina—which have recently been adopted as Joy Schools—the company’s flagship social responsibility program. The activities aim to promote the importance of being physically active among students through games such as “Tumbang Preso,” and “Patintero,” and a dance relay of 90s, 80s and traditional Filipino songs, among others.
Olympic Silver Medalist Hidylin Diaz joined employee volunteers at the Nangka Elementary School in Marikina to amplify the advocacy for physical, mental and emotional well-being. She gave an inspirational message for the kids to never give up on their dreams, even those that start small. She is in the thick of coaching young athletes and setting-up a training gym in her hometown of Mampang, Zamboanga City.
“At Mondelez, we work hard but we also know how to have fun. We believe that a great place to work is one where people are at their best at work,” said Shanahan Chua, Head of Corporate and Government Affairs of Mondelez International in the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, “Activities like volunteerism for our Joy Schools allow our employees to experience something different from their everyday tasks and personally be a part of our Company mission to make an impact in communities. They can share their talent, skills and time and at the same time give back to the communities which have supported us.”
The Joy Schools program is the community partnership of Mondelez International with public elementary schools in the Philippines. Implemented with the Philippine Business for Social Progress, Joy Schools is a nutrition program, which provides a nine-month feeding program for 400 severely undernourished elementary students and initiatives that help promote nutrition education and active play in its adopted four public elementary schools. To date, over 24,000 students from nine public schools nationwide have benefitted from the Joy Schools program.