Volunteerism runs deep among Caltex folk. They already launched a program to help public elementary schools in Metro Manila and Batangas last May, and yet, volunteers from Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI)—the people behind Caltex fuels, lubricants and filling stations—still took the time to help paint two other schools in Laguna last week.

(Heard of the term “social servants?” An unfortunate phrasing–“social drinking” all askew when translated to this context–it doesn’t come close to describing these folk and what they seem compelled to do. You get the sense that it’s a culture thing, the influence of peers, and, ironically, something they’d do even if they didn’t have buddies to be doing it with.)

Press Statement by Chevron Philippines, Inc., “Chevron kicks off Week of Caring with improvement of facilities of Laguna elementary schools,” 2016:

Laguna, Philippines, 5 October 2016—Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, jumpstarted its Week of Caring (WOC) 2016 by repainting school facilities such as library, armchairs and playground rides for two elementary schools in Laguna: Bay Central Elementary School and Calamba Special Education (SPED) center.

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The CPI volunteers worked with the students to repaint Bay Central’s library specifically, its 11 bookshelves and 1,600 square feet of concrete walls. While, armchairs, playground rides, the perimeter wall and two steel gates were repainted at the SPED center.

A total of 195 volunteer hours were logged in during the first two days of the annual Chevron volunteerism program. The CPI volunteers also donated a hundred books to the library’s “Knowledge is Energy” corner which made learning more fun for the students with the added visuals.

“By helping renovate school facilities to make them more conducive to learning, and especially by focusing on improving schools’ libraries, we hope to instil in the minds of the students that the library is still a very good place for knowledge and learning even in the digital age,” said Jhon Osorio, CPI Finance Manager.

The heads of the schools stressed the impact of the school brigade activities of the Week of Caring. “It gave life to our library and improved the school’s learning resource management and development system. Our library’s new fully polished condition creates a good atmosphere and convenience to cater to the student’s needs,” said Nemeflor Gumobao, Bay Central Elementary School principal.

“It’s the first time our children encountered this kind of activity where they had a great level of participation and involvement with a social investment program. It gave them a sense of fulfillment, boosted their self-confidence and created an opportunity for them to discover hidden talents and new passions they can enjoy for the rest of their lives,” said Mr. Rey O. Borillo, SPED center school principal.

“It was my son’s first time to participate in this kind of school brigade activity. Although it was new to him, he enjoyed it too much to the extent of wanting to paint the entire chair on his own without my help. That’s how dedicated he is. I’m grateful to Chevron for providing this opportunity for my child and the entire SPED center community to have a memorable experience, and for the activity’s lasting impact to the school,” shared Imelda Gueverra, one of the parent-volunteers.

The school library renovation and repainting of SPED center facilities form part of Chevron’s annual Week of Caring program which advocates diversity among its employees and business partners through volunteerism to benefit host communities and disadvantaged people.

About Chevron Philippines Inc.

Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 90 years. Caltex™, its retail brand, offers high quality products and services. There are close to 700 service stations strategically scattered throughout the Philippine archipelago and employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal operations. The Chevron products that are available in the Philippines include Caltex with Techron® fuel and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline® and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron Philippines Inc. is available at http://www.caltex.com/ph.

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