As 2013 comes to a close, Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI) ends the year with a celebration of the spirit of volunteerism among its employees and business partners. The company is helping out communities in need through one week of volunteerism called Week of Caring (WOC).
Recently, about 724 Chevron employees and Caltex retailers painted murals alongside children with learning disabilities, played traditional Filipino games with orphans, planted tree seedlings, had healing talks with victims of sexual slavery in WW2, fed abandoned and abused animals, and cleared a turtle sanctuary in San Pascual, Batangas from pollutants.
“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 volunteer force logged in 2,876 total hours of volunteer work. The cost benefit for project partners is significant.
CPI has been doing its annual volunteer drive for the past six years. Apart from WOC, the company is also involved in various social investment projects through its Caltex Energy for Learning (EFL) initiative, which backs projects that provide education and livelihood skills to disadvantaged people groups.
Most recently, Chevron companies in the Philippines, Chevron Corporation in the US, as well as Chevron employees contributed a total of PHP 69.5 million in assistance to the relief efforts in communities affected by super typhoon Yolanda.