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Chevron’s Week of Caring addresses children’s needs in education, safety, health, and environment

Chevron’s Week of Caring
CPI employees interact with pediatric cancer patients at the UP-PGH Cancer Institute during the art therapy session on Day 4 of Chevron’s Week of Caring.

From a Makati public school to a beach in Batangas, from pediatric cancer patients to special students; children received extra attention during the recently held 2016 Week of Caring (WOC), the annual corporate volunteer program of Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI). For five days from September 19 to 23, 2016, about 500 CPI employees engaged in various volunteer activities that addressed children’s needs in education, safety, health and the environment.

CPI employees donated a total of 880 hours of charity work doing school renovations, teaching road-safety, creating artwork and cleaning a coastline. In all these activities, the volunteers were joined by children who will benefit from the projects.

Together, employees and kids painted walls, shelves, armchairs, and gates. They learned how to color murals and create greeting cards. They discovered why road-safety is important especially in Makati where the students and employees are neighbors. Even hauling trash from the beach in San Pascual, Batangas to clear the way for endangered Olive-Ridley sea turtles was completed with employees, students and other volunteers working alongside each other.

The beneficiaries of the 9th edition of the annual WOC from day 1 to 5, respectively, were pupils of Bay Central Elementary School (BCES) in Los Banos, special kids of the SPED Learning Center (SLC) in Calamba, students of Makati Elementary School, patients of the pediatric cancer ward of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and the community of San Pascual, Batangas for the coastal cleanup.

With the four schools and PGH, about 4,000 children will benefit from the CPI volunteers’ labor of love. The figure doesn’t not include the residents who will benefit from the collection of 2.5 tons of trash from their coastline during the coastal cleanup.

“Focusing on environmentalism, health, education and safety, we were able to log in volunteer work that filled a week of truly caring for the community. It gets better and better every year, as we strive to reach out to more communities. The more the employees give a hand, the more inspired and motivated they become about valuing their work and their contribution to society,” said Peter Morris, country chairman of CPI.

With diversity as one of the corporate values of the company, Chevron believes that active involvement in a variety of community services makes for well-rounded and high-performing employees. Aside from Week of Caring, CPI is involved in various other social investment projects.

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