Dole Philippines Polomolok (Dolefil) operates a fully integrated pineapple plantation and industrial facility in Polomolok, South Cotabato.
Currently, Dole Philippines Polomolok operates on around 16,000 hectares including its base plantation and private growers in South-Central Mindanao, with expansion operations in neighboring provinces. We also operate in the Brangay of Calumpang in General Santos City and in the Municipality of Surallah, South Cotabato.
Dole Philippines Polomolok produces more than 30 million cases per year of processed pineapple (slices, chunks, tidbits, crushed, juice, and concentrate) and more than 16 million boxes of fresh pineapples shipped annually. Approximately 95% of our total production is exported to markets in America, Europe, and Asia.
Our large operations employ passionate workers. We directly hire more than 5,000 workers with a competitive compensation and benefits package that outshines the offers of any other employer in the region. Our dedication to the workers of Dole Philippines Polomolok has made us the preferred employer in South-Central Mindanao and one of the best employers in the Philippines. We respect our people’s freedom of association as evident in the three labor unions in Dole Philippines Polomolok: Labor Employees of Dolefil (LEAD) Salaried, LEAD-Calumpang and LEAD-Polomolok Hourlies (LEAD.PH).
Dole Philippines Polomolok now stands as a leader in the food industry, maintaining the same world-class quality that its founder, James Dole, established. It is a commitment firmly backed up by stringent quality control measures, state-of-the-art production technologies, continuous improvement through research and innovation, and most of all, dedication to the welfare of its workers, communities, and the environment.
On August 21, 1957, the Municipality of Polomolok was created by virtue of Presidential Executive Order No. 264 signed by President Carlos Garcia. Polomolok started functioning as a regular and independent 6th class municipality on September 10, 1957, with its local offices appointed by the President.
The early settlers of Polomolok were pagan B’laans – Muslims and nomads that still travel from hillside to hillside, earning money from the temporary use of the land. It was the Christian farmers from the northern Philippine islands, during the late 1930s, who tried to utilize the fertility of the flatland soil. The fields of Polomolok have always been green and the harvest bountiful, but there was still low market value for farm products and hence, slow circulation of cash flow.
When Dole established its plantation in Polomolok in 1963, the municipality began to enjoy the economic boost. During the time, Dole was eagerly looking for a new plantation and cannery site outside Hawaii because of the rapidly increasing costs of production in the island. With land lease costs rising so fast, agriculture gave way to housing. The conditions got so dire that of the nine pineapple companies in Hawaii in the l950s, only three remained 10 years later.
Dole’s temporary Philippine office was held at a 700-hectare coffee/cacao plantation and mill in Spring Camp. The beginning of Dole Philippines Polomolok wasn’t easy for the core team who undertook the groundwork. For one, Spring Camp, the temporary location for the make-shift cannery office, can only allocate its electricity to operate the coffee mill. The main office was modestly built with rough lumber and was frequently visited by farm animals roaming around the area.
Over the years, the Polomolok Cannery was transformed from the make-shift spring camp with the construction of advance infrastructure, facilities, and operations that are geared towards creating more quality products, while providing a healthy and conducive working environment to its employees.
The Dole Calumpang Operations had also undergone numerous expansions and innovations such as the production of its own corrugated boxes and the use of power-efficient machines for speedy shipment across the globe, retaining the freshness of Dole products.