July 11, 2016, the Citra Mina Group of Companies (CMGC) in partnership with the Brgy. Council of Barangay Fatima, General Santos City and other support groups celebrated the opening day of a five month long “Kalusugan mo, sagot ko” feeding program. The said feeding program is sponsored by Citra Mina Canning Corporation (CMCC), Mommy Gina Tuna Resources, Inc. (MGTRI), PhilFresh Corporation (PFC) and Tuna Explorers Inc. (TEI) all member companies of CMGC. The program was realized through the initiative of Dr. Brick Carlo Mirabueno, husband of Ms. Jillian Karen L. Mirabueno, Vice President for Operation of CMGC. The program aims to help the targeted children by providing them nutritious supplemental food stuff so they may be able to meet their dietary needs as a child. The intended beneficiaries of the program are the One Hundred Sixty Four (164) malnourished children as identified by the barangay health unit. Coincidentally, these same children come from very poor families who does not have enough financial capacity and basic health consciousness which hinders them from attaining healthy lifestyle.
The program started with an invocation given by one of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars present and then followed by the opening remarks and welcome address by Honorable Brgy. Captain Jocelyn Matobato. The activity proceeded with a brief health and nutrition orientation provided for by the CMGC through the company nurse, Mr. Shane Albert Cueme, RN. The activity was also graced with the presence of Ms. Jannah Krystia H. Lu, Vice-President for Finance, Logistics and HR of CMGC who also gave a short message. This program is actually just one of the many efforts of the CMGC which forms part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, but the company does not stop and this would never be the last.
The rights of a child is numerous and his/her rights to a nutritious food and healthy lifestyle is just one of them and it is universal, in fact it is even included in the Millennium Developmental Goals (MDG’s) set forth by the United Nations (UN), signed, adhered to and promoted by member countries of which Philippines is one.
The CMGC is one of the companies here in General Santos City who takes part and exerts effort to help the less privileged members of the society through small yet noble ways, actually the company will not just feed and fill the stomach of those children but CMGC also gives them the opportunity in life. Like with all social problems, every small thrust for the achievement of a solution is important, because when someone starts caring, everything else starts falling into place like a domino effect and everything becomes better and brighter.