Chevron Philippines Inc.’s (CPI), marketer of the Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, employees and business partners spent a week sharing with the less fortunate and caring for them and the environment in the 2013 Week of Caring (WOC).
About 724 Chevron employees and Caltex retailers recently painted murals with children with learning disabilities, played traditional Filipino games with orphans, planted tree seedlings, did talk therapy with victims of sexual slavery in WW2, fed abandoned and abused animals, and cleared a turtle sanctuary in San Pascual, Batangas from trash and debris.
“We encourage employees to immerse themselves with the disadvantaged members of society while at the same time fostering camaraderie to make them a stronger team. We also involve the other members of the Chevron family such as our Caltex retailers, station locators and branded marketers in social investment projects so that host communities and other stakeholders get to experience the human side of the Caltex brand,” said Raissa Bautista, CPI manager for Policy, Government and Public Affairs.
The Chevron 2013 WOC started at the LIFT Learning Center for children with learning disabilities. Chevron had the school premises repainted and then after, volunteers, LIFT kids and their parents adorned it with bright murals along the walls.
On Day 2, Chevron country chairman Peter Morris joined in on all the fun. The Chevron contingent played traditional Filipino games such as patintero and luksong tinik with 50 orphans of Nayon ng Kabataan in Mandaluyong City.
On the third day, Chevron got in touch with four public elementary schools of Pandacan and brought only the most indigent pupils from third to sixth grade levels with strong science aptitudes, totalling 240 kids and at least 8 of their teacher-guardians, and gave them a tour of the Philippine Science Centrum.
“The field trip is quite costly for us and I know my parents cannot afford the expenses. I’m so happy because Chevron gave me the opportunity to have this experience I will never forget,” said sixth grader Mary Joyce Tapales said
On the fourth day, Chevron went to two locations. One group planted 270 seedlings, which in 15-20 years will be fully grown acacia, molave, golden shower and dipa trees, in a former landfill in San Mateo, Rizal.
The other team brought cheer and lent an ear to the victims and survivors of rape and sexual slavery by Japanese troops during World War II in Lila Pilipina, Quezon City.
On the 5th day, Chevron volunteers visited PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society) in Quezon City to feed 256 cats and 74 dogs that were rescued and are undergoing extensive treatment.
On the final day of the WOK, Chevron employees and residents of Batangas got rid of the trash, debris and other flotsam on the beachfront of the Chevron terminal, which is the only DENR-declared sanctuary for the endangered Oliver Ridley turtles in in San Pascual. An estimated 600 garbage bags were collected in 3 hours and were segregated into biodegradables, recyclable materials and non-recyclable materials totaling over 7.2 metric tons. The coastal cleanup was timed for the turtles nesting season which ends in February. Chevron also included a 30-minute turtle encounter training session to teach people how to protect turtles they may encounter on the beach.
Aside from WOC, CPI supports projects that provide education and livelihood skills to disadvantaged people groups so that they can have better opportunities in life with Caltex Energy for Learning (EFL) initiative.
Recently, Chevron companies in the Philippines, Chevron Corporation in the US, as well as Chevron employees contributed a total of P69.5 million for disaster relief assistance to communities affected by super typhoon Yolanda.