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Chevron’s Volunteer Week marks 10th year of giving back to host communities

By Nestor Domingo Jr - on 1 Feb 2018, 4:15pm

Chevron’s Volunteer Week marks 10th year of giving back to host communities

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Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI), the marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants in the country, recently celebrated its tenth year of doing the Volunteer Week, an annual five-day initiative to invest time, resources, and energy on social issues that matter to employees, customers, and communities.

“Volunteer Week is a celebration of volunteerism, a core value of Chevron, in which employees and other Chevron business partners are encouraged to work for the progress and improvement of communities where it does business. Employees volunteer time and energy to be part of projects that positively impact the children, youth, disadvantaged people, and environment,” said Louie Zhang, CPI country chairman. 

During the Volunteer Week, CPI employees, contractors, and business partners leave the confines of their workplaces and participate in activities that tackle concerns about the environment, health, safety, education, and livelihood in Chevron’s host communities. Agendas include road safety for students, skills training for at-risk youths, art therapy for sick kids, homes for the homeless, planting trees, caring for the aged, inner-city murals, school renovations, literacy programs, beach cleanups, and disaster preparedness. Over 900 thousand people have benefited in over a decade of doing this cause.

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During the recent Volunteer Week, more than 500 Chevron volunteers engaged in a series of charitable community activities that mostly involved stay-at-home moms and out-of-school youths doing home-based soap-making business. In addition, CPI employees hosted music therapy for pediatric cancer patients, parents had nutrition lecture and group counseling sessions, and elementary kids from Batangas were taught the importance of road-safety through role-playing with the volunteers. Culminating the week-long advocacy-themed activities, volunteers collected tons of debris and trash to clear the coastline of San Pascual, Batangas for endangered Olive ridley sea turtles nest during the cold months.

“Volunteerism is a trait cultivated within every employee. I’m proud that our employees have a sense of the bigger picture which is why they readily contribute to the society they belong to. Aside from Volunteer Week, Chevron is involved in various other social initiatives and projects,” added Zhang.

Chevron’s past programs such as its anti-TB awareness campaign have helped about 300,000 public transport workers learn how to prevent and seek treatment for the disease. Apart from that, the Caltex Fuel Your School drive has provided 21st-century learning equipment that benefits 1.17 million public high school students in Metro Manila, Davao, and Bicol. Chevron also gives millions in donations yearly to the Philippine Red Cross to help victims of natural disasters.

“Chevron, through its Caltex brand, is committed to this country for the long-haul not only in providing quality fuels and lubricants to a growing nation but also in providing resources that help Philippine society,” concluded Zhang.