BAGUIO CITY – Thirty public high school from Region 1 and Cordillera are among the beneficiaries of the yearly Caltex Fuel Your School (FYS) campaign that aims to raise P3 million through a fuel up-to-donate scheme from June 1 to July 31, 2018.
Atty Raissa Bautista, manager of Policy Government and Public Affairs-Chevron Philippines, said Caltex will donate one peso for every liter of fuel purchase in Caltex stations throughout La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Mountain Province and Caltex station, Upper Session Road, Baguio City.
She said, the P3 million will be allocated among 30 of the highest-need public high schools, donating P100,000 to each school to fund classroom projects in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM).
Bautista explained that from the 80 submissions, 30 project proposals were able to pass the screening process of AmCham Fnd. Phil. Inc (ACFPI).
Northern Star, a major project partner, donated a total of 1.5 million pesos, and will leverage its 26 Caltex stations where motorists can gas up to participate in Caltex FYS.
Speaking during the launch at the Caltex station in Upper Session Road, Baguio City Northern Star Chief Operating Officer Juan Miguel T. Delgado said, “We are excited to start Caltex Fuel Your School. Education has always been part of our company’s social investment initiatives. Being a major partner in this project is a way for Northern Star to improve the learning environment of the students in the local communities where we operate”.
For the past three years, the Fuel Your School campaign of Caltex has been able to provide STEM resources to 88 schools, 3,000 public high school teachers, and over one million public high school students in Metro Manila, Davao, and Bicol. These efforts were recognized by different award-giving bodies such as the Silver and Gold Anvil Awards from Public Relations Society of the Philippines, a merit recognition from the coveted Quill Awards, and the American Chamber of Commerce CSR Excellence Awards.
“The implementation of the K-12 curriculum has laden the system with the lack of learning materials and equipment which has taken a backseat to structural provisions by the government. An inclusive and stakeholder-engaging project such as the Caltex Fuel Your School is indeed one of its kind and offers quick solutions to the gap in learning resources for the STEM track. The program is revolutionary and we are happy to support it,” DepEd Region 1, Chief Education Support Services Division, Edilberto R. Abalos, shared.
“We believe that by helping the highest-need public high schools, we help shape the economy’s future. Through Caltex Fuel Your School, we are able to enhance the learning experience of the students by providing them the opportunity to acquire 21st century learning equipment. Giving back to the community is what inspires us to grow as a business.” Bautista added.
The chosen 30 STEM public schools who will be participating for this year’s Caltex Fuel Your School are Abra High School, Gaddani National High School and San Isidro National High School, in Abra province; Aringay National High School, Castor Z Concepcion Memorial National High School, La Union National High School, Luna National High School, Naguillan National High School, President Elpidio Quirino National High School and Sto.Tomas National High School, all in La Union province.
In Ilocos Norte are Bacarra National High School, Bangui National High School, Ilocos Norte Agricultural College, Ilocos Norte National High School, Marcos National High School, Paoay Lake National High School, Pinili National High School, Sarrat National High School, Solson National High School, Sta. Rosa National High School.
In Ilocos Sur are Candon National High School, Ilocos Sur National High School, Mabilbila Integrated School, Narvacan National Central High School, San Emilio National High School, Santa Maria National High School, and Tagudin National High School.
Baguio City National Science High School and Pines City National High School in Benguet and Guinzadan National High School in Mountain Province complete the 30 public school beneficiaries. ZALDY COMANDA / ABN