MOA signing for Caltex Fuel Your School campaign  (left to right): DepEd Undersecretary Mario Deriquito; Chevron Policy, Government and Public Affairs Manager Raissa Bautista; DepEd NCR Regional Director Luz Almeda; Chevron Country Chair Peter Morris;  and American Chamber Foundation Philippines President Edwin Feist
MOA signing for Caltex Fuel Your School campaign (left to right): DepEd Undersecretary Mario Deriquito; Chevron Policy, Government and Public Affairs Manager Raissa Bautista; DepEd NCR Regional Director Luz Almeda; Chevron Country Chair Peter Morris; and American Chamber Foundation Philippines President Edwin Feist

Chevron, the company behind the Caltex brand of petroleum products and filling stations, is going to make millions of liters of fuel count towards helping public high school students in Metro Manila.

Chevron Country Chair Peter Morris at media launch of FYS
Chevron Country Chair Peter Morris at media launch of FYS Philippines

“From June 15 to July 15, 2015, we will donate one peso (P1) for every 4-liter fuel purchase made by motorists at participating Caltex stations in Metro Manila. We aim to hit P5 million in this campaign month. The donation will then be turned over to our project partner American Chamber Foundation of the Philippines that is tasked to qualify submitted project proposals as well as the purchase of qualified STEM classroom projects,” announced Peter Morris, country chairman of Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), during the media launch of the campaign last Monday, May 25.

For this, its Fuel Your School (FYS) Philippine campaign, all Caltex filling stations in Metro Manila and some select outlets in Cavite and Batangas will be participating. That’s a total of 158 Caltex stations looking to sell 20 million liters of fuel in a month for the FYS campaign.

P5,000,000 for senior high school projects

The P5 million is meant to fund Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects that will build up learning resources for new, incoming senior high school students under the restructured K-12 curriculum.

Chevron's Raissa Bautista at media launch
Chevron’s Raissa Bautista at media launch

“Caltex Fuel Your School strongly reflects our company’s continued commitment to education. I believe if you take a combination of quality school equipment, passionate teachers, and motivated students, that’s when education becomes very powerful. Through this project, we hope to further empower the teachers and spur the students’ interest to help them excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” adds Raissa Bautista, CPI manager for Policy, Government & Public Affairs.

P150,000 for each of 33 schools

For the campaign’s beneficiaries, the DepEd delivered a shortlist of the 33 highest-need public schools in Metro Manila. Each school can propose one or two STEM projects and receive as much as P150,000 in total to fund these.

“This program is a most welcome partnership with Caltex considering that the Philippines is about to implement the senior high school program next year where STEM is given equal importance along with other tracks. The donation answers our need for additional equipment to give adequate training and preparation to our students,” said Dr. Ponciano Menguito, DepEd NCR Director III, who attended the campaign’s launch last Monday on behalf of Luz Almeda, DepEd NCR Regional Director.

Facebook “likes” to determine order of funding

The order in which the qualified projects will be funded will be determined with the participation of the online public. Consumers can trigger Caltex donations by buying fuel at its filling stations, and then have influence on the order of the projects to be funded by “liking” on Caltex’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CaltexPhilippines the ones they’d like prioritized. The “likes” standing of each project on the leaderboard that Caltex will keep updated on their website at www.caltexfuelyourschool.com will determine the order in which these will be funded once the donations become available.

FYS started in 2010, mounted first in several U.S. states then in Canada and subsequently in Thailand and South Africa. While these were previously done at the grass-roots level, says Chevron’s Raissa Bautista, the Philippine campaign will be on the largest scale to date involving city-wide Caltex outlets and participation of the online public through its social media.

FYS this June to July, only the first

Once the campaign starts generating funds from June to July, donations will be turned over to the American Chamber Foundation of the Philippines (ACFP), Chevron’s project-partner which is tasked with making the purchases for the projects that are to be funded. The ACFP had also been responsible for pre-qualifying the proposed projects.

The 28 projects on the FYS list were culled from 43 that were proposed by only 27 of the 33 shortlisted schools. In other words, if FYS reaches its target of P5M in donations, there will almost certainly be a surplus of around P900,000, the equivalent of P150,000 for each of the six public schools that did not participate.

In an official statement today, May 29, Chevron says that any surplus funds will still be turned over to the ACFP which will earmark these for use in the next cycle of FYS Philippines. So, if FYS Phililippines reaches its P5 million donation target, it will certainly seed another FYS round in the country.

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