40 YEARS OF MOVING FILIPINOS FURTHER
“Our desire is to make a difference in the lives of individuals so that they may reach their full potential and empower communities to be resilient as they face the challenges ahead.”
CESAR A. BUENAVENTURA
“For the past four decades, PSFI has been a vital part in enabling the progress of Shell Pilipinas, especially in achieving our Powering Progress agenda and demonstrating our commitment to nation-building.”
LORELIE Q. OSIAL
“We will not be able to attain every important milestone in the last 40 years without our board members’ leadership, our staff’s dedication, and the strong and resilient ties we have developed through the years with beneficiaries and partners.”
SEBASTIAN C. QUINIONES, JR
PSFI continued the activities under the PSFI strategic plan 2021-2025. We have also set key program indicators for each thematic area, which we progressed in 2022.
The PSFI strategic plan 2021-2025 is rooted on our mission of implementing programs to build the capacities and potentials of individuals and communities and our vision of contributing to sustainable development through empowered citizenry.
PSFI spent a total of PHP 1,269.4 billion for its different sustainability programs under its seven thematic areas, with PHP 521.4 million being in-kind donations. Compared to 2021, our total 2022 program spending increased by around 11%.
PSFI is proud to be celebrating its 40th anniversary this 2022. Our programs have grown through the years, reaching more people and places. We have become stronger through the partnerships we have established, the support of our beneficiaries, and the passion of individuals and teams that are part of the Organization. As we set on towards the future, we are guided by a robust program strategy and yearly milestones that set well-defined focus and actions.
PSFI celebrated with its communities and beneficiaries the four decades of partnership which started in 1982. The event, filled with activities, programs, partner and beneficiary awards, and recognitions, highlighted stakeholders’ critical roles in the program’s success and progress through the years.
As part of its 40th anniversary, PSFI proudly launched the official web page dedicated to raising funds for its progressive efforts. The site aims to open doors and make it easy for more people to contribute to nation-building.
PSFI’s programs are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contribute to six (6) SDGs. Our programs respond to the community’s needs, empowering and providing opportunities for them to be self-reliant and grow to achieve their full potential.
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Emerging from the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021, the year 2022 couldn’t be much brighter as we reach an important milestone in the organization’s history. This year, PSFI celebrated 40 years of being in service and responding to the needs of the most vulnerable in the country. Beginning in 1982 and starting with only five (5) programs, we have grown the organization to cover more provinces and reach more people through different programs focusing on nutrition and food security, health and safety, education, energy, livelihood, the environment, and immediate response.
Since we started, our vision has always been to move Filipinos further by giving them access to opportunities that result in palpable impacts. Our desire is to make a difference in the lives of individuals so that they may reach their full potential and empower communities to be resilient as they face the challenges ahead.
Over the years, we have worked with farmers, schools, health professionals, private and public offices, non-government organizations, children, students, and individuals to realize our vision. We developed partnerships and networks that allowed us to expand and reach more beneficiaries. Each year since its founding, PSFI has continued to prove its commitment, thus garnering substantial support from prominent organizations to continue and expand our programs.
Today, PSFI continues to carry out the US $22.3M grant from the Global Fund (GF) for the HIV PROTECTS program, which has been seen through on account of over 2 decades of success of the continued Malaria grants. This year also marks another vital expansion of the organization as we receive a grant of 300M PHP from our new partner, Bloomberry Cultural Foundation. Bloomberry is helping us expand impact in the aspect of nutrition, through our Roots to Shoots program (3-years), and in education, by supporting students who are aiming to become medical professionals (5-years), on top of our support to students in STEM.
“Our desire is to make a difference in the lives of individuals so that they may reach their full potential and empower communities to be resilient as they face the challenges ahead.”
As we move onward, our beneficiaries remain central in our efforts to build a better nation with empowered citizens. As we have done for 40 years, PSFI will continue to rise through each challenge to be able to reach its goals, and expand and improve its programs to make them even more relevant and impactful.
Our success will not happen without the people at the organization’s heart. To our PSFI 2022 team and the teams we have worked with in the past 4 decades, I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation for the years of dedication to our cause. Your passion has led the organization to grow and reach the important milestones we strive to attain yearly. To our partners, we thank you for the trust you have given PSFI. The seeds we’ve planted in the past are really bearing fruit now as we garner more international support and contribute to the bigger picture.
While much has been accomplished, much more needs to be done with the growth in our population. Let us join hands with our old and new partners to make life better for many more of our countrymen in need.
CESAR A. BUENAVENTURA
Amidst an atmosphere of global and local macroeconomic uncertainties, the year 2022 saw the re-opening of the Philippine economy. The Philippine government lifting mobility restrictions was very much welcomed to spur economic activities and demand recovery. However, economic optimism was muted by the surge in Omicron cases in Q1, the Russia-Ukraine war, record-high inflation, and Philippine peso depreciation.
For Shell Pilipinas, it was a year to focus on disciplined business delivery, reliable operations, and innovative opportunities in our continued commitment to create value for all our shareholders.
We are committed to becoming a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in-step with society and government. The strategy and plans we have in place reflect our commitment to operating responsibly for our shareholders, while making impactful positive changes to society. As we grow, adjust and expand our businesses, we stay true to powering the country with high quality products and services including Shell fuels, lubricants, and bitumen and contributing to a low carbon world.
In 2022, we achieved a market-leading milestone by introducing Shell Recharge – the country’s first high performance Electric Vehicle charging station. What’s more, it runs on electricity from 100% renewable energy sources.
Shell Pilipinas continued the partnership with Pilipinas Shell Foundation (PSFI) as its social arm, powering lives and livelihoods, delivering benefits to communities, helping build strong relationships with stakeholders to support an inclusive energy transition and enable our social license to operate. PSFI extended wider reach to deliver social benefits to communities where Shell operates and responded to the needs of beneficiaries outside Shell’s areas of operation.
“For the past four decades, PSFI has been a vital part in enabling the progress of Shell Pilipinas, especially in achieving our Powering Progress agenda and demonstrating our commitment to nation-building”
Shell Pilipinas and PSFI reached out to more communities through technical vocational skills training to more than 360 out-of-school youths, entrepreneurship, and livelihood development to 320 local start-ups, 500 farmers and fisherfolks, and improved critical systems thinking and problem-solving skills of approximately 500 students under STEM courses. Social programs were launched for fenceline communities of our terminals in Anibong, Puerto Princesa, Lapus, Bacolod, and Poro; focusing on community skills training, livelihood, road safety, disaster resilience, and environment. The award-winning ‘Gas Mo Bukas Ko’ and ‘Unlad sa Pasada’ continued to offer technical-vocational and entrepreneurship courses to more than 130 forecourt service champions, public utility drivers and their families.
PSFI’s programs bridged the gaps in addressing social, economic, and environmental sectors that have impacted our business and communities where we operate. Its programs in health, such as Movement Against Malaria, have helped drop malaria cases in the country by 96%. In Batangas, home to Shell’s more sizable assets, PSFI’s road safety training and facilities have reduced road accidents in fenceline communities by 53% from 2020 to 2022. The Eco-Brick Project, in Cagayan de Oro, Anibong, and Batangas, supported our thrust to repurpose plastics (lubricant bottles) into brick materials that are now being used to construct our mobility stations. PSFI’s Shell LiveWire program supported Shell’s local content initiative. As a result, more than 12 community enterprises now supply liquid soap, corporate giveaways, facemasks, and energy to our facilities and offices.
PSFI also brought short- and long-term relief to those affected by disasters in the Philippines. Together with Shell employees, mobility dealers, and station staff, they swiftly worked together to provide water and food packs to 1,575 displaced families and host community members in Batangas, Calapan, Quezon, and Cavite after the destruction of typhoon Paeng. PSFI also responded to the Abra earthquake victims through its Disaster Response Network partner, the Cordillera Career Development College, and gave relief to the victims of a fire accident in Mandaue City, and flooding disasters in Misamis Oriental and Occidental.
40 YEARS OF MOVING FILIPINOS FURTHER
Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI), our social investment arm, now in its 40th year in the Philippines, has uplifted more than 15 million beneficiaries through its various programs covering Livelihood, Education, Health & Safety, Environment, Energy and Nutrition & Food Security: contributing significantly to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
In 2022, we started and ended the year supporting communities impacted by natural disasters. Shell has shown care to the community through our disaster relief programs. These include providing food packs and hygiene kits to those affected by typhoons, fire incidents, and flooding.
For the past four decades, PSFI has been a vital part in enabling the progress of Shell Pilipinas, especially in achieving our Powering Progress agenda and demonstrating our commitment to nation-building.
PEOPLE AND PARTNERSHIPS
At Shell, we understand that sustainability is about People. A sustainable future is one that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive – where everyone is enabled to prosper and progress to their full potential. This is what Powering Lives is hinged upon.
We celebrate the local and international partnerships that collaborated with us throughout the years: the Global Fund for our Movement Against Malaria Program, Bloomberry Cultural Foundation for our nutrition and livelihood programs, local government units in enhancing our social license with our host communities, Tubbataha Management Office and much more. I thank all our partners as we move forward to many more years of reaching out to Filipinos. Let us continue to harness this partnership in building the nation for many more decades to come.
For our communities, PSFI endeavors to be the catalyst of development, where each community member is responsible for contributing to their community’s progress. As we grow this principle, we can be productive enough to provide a better future for the next generations. I also recognize the invaluable support of our community and sectoral leaders that helped PSFI achieve its development goals. Their untiring support matters as we work together to power the lives of our partner communities.
To our PSFI staff, I could not thank you and your families enough for sharing your time and commitment to delivering our social programs and creating our strong bonds with communities. You are our modern-day heroes worthy to be recognized. May your outstanding work bring pride to your families and the communities you’ve served.
Let us continue what we have started to achieve our goals for the coming years and the vision of a better future for our communities, and together we will keep moving the Philippines forward.
LORELIE Q. OSIAL
Two years after the onset of the pandemic, PSFI remains strong and progressive in delivering its different projects and reaching communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The past few years were difficult, but the challenges we faced allowed us to grow and taught us to adapt quickly to a constantly changing environment.
We still experienced the tail-end effects of Covid-19 this 2022 but refocused on tailoring our systems on the return back to normal by shifting to more face-to-face events. While some activities were conducted online, we at PSFI were glad to transcend digital screens for more personal connections.
We also set up better internal processes for tracking our progress for the improvement of the Foundation and to better serve our communities. This improved system can be seen in our 2022 report, wherein we present to you our 2025 targets for each thematic area, including our yearly progress. More than for transparency to our stakeholders, monitoring and evaluating our progress each year shows our continued commitment to our beneficiaries and the drive to exceed expectations as we go beyond set targets.
This year, I am also glad to celebrate, together with all our stakeholders and partners, the 40th anniversary of the Foundation. Apart from sharing our milestones for the last four decades, our event: Moving Further: A Celebration of 40 Years of Progress – was also an occasion to put our beneficiaries in the spotlight. They are the real winners and heroes of this journey. Their stories of success – some of which are told in this report– give us more reason to innovate and move further.
“Sama-samang pagtulong, sabay-sabay na pagsulong. We will not be able to attain every important milestone in the last 40 years without our board members’ leadership, our staff’s dedication, and the strong and resilient ties we have developed through the years with beneficiaries and partners.”
Sama-samang pagtulong, sabay-sabay na pagsulong. We will not be able to attain every important milestone in the last 40 years without our board members’ leadership, our staff’s dedication, and the strong and resilient ties we have developed through the years with beneficiaries and partners. So to each and every one who has been part of PSFI’s journey, thank you very much for the trust and support.
It is my fervent hope to be able to take the next chapter of PSFI’s journey with you and continue what we have started. Our long-term partnership is a cornerstone of our success through the years. Let us move forward with the passion we have always given to our work to reach more people and communities.
SEBASTIAN C. QUINIONES, JR.
PSFI’s Nutrition and Food Security programs aim to combat the challenges of food security and malnutrition challenges in the Philippines. The programs are focused on promoting sustainable agriculture, enhancing food security, and ensuring adequate nutrition for all, all supporting UN SDG 2 – Zero Hunger. To achieve these goals, PSFI provides farmers with training and resources to increase their knowledge on sustainable agriculture practices, enhances access to nutritious food and clean water in rural communities, and collaborates with local organizations to implement nutrition and health programs.
Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) established the Shell Training Farm in Bombon, Camarines Sur in 1991 to assist low-income smallholder farmers in the Bicol Region. With the same intent to support farmers in Luzon, the Foundation established the Shell Training Farm in Pililla in 2008. The operations continued on and this 2022, the program was able to reach over 700 farmer beneficiaries.
This year, 336 farmers were trained in Integrated Farming Bio-Systems (IFBS), 124 were upskilled in business management, financial management, and food processing, and 100 rice farmers were trained in producing high-quality inbred rice and in farm mechanization in Bombon site. The training provided by the Shell Training Farm resulted in a 53% increase in farmers’ income and a 56% increase in farm production among the trained farmers who received farm inputs. In Pililla, 172 farmers were trained in IFBS. Eleven staff and crew of 2 Shell mobility stations in Cavite also acquired skills in urban vegetable gardening under the Pililla micro-farm project. Initially, they were able to harvest 172 kgs of vegetables.
As additional support to agricultural communities, Shell Training Farms also link farmers-beneficiaries to potential produce buyers to increase their sales and income.
PSFI continues to implement the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund Program (RCEFP) in Bombon, Camarines Sur, in partnership with TESDA. In 2022, 100 farmers were trained on inbred seed production, seed certification and use of appropriate rice machineries. PSFI’s training under the RCEF program generated about PHP 980,000. The team is now set to train another batch of farmers under the TESDA partnership after successfully implementing the program.
The RCEF program aims to increase farmers’ knowledge, attitude, and skills, produce more rice at a reduced cost, and increase their access to modern and science-based farming techniques. As an accredited Learning Site for Agriculture by the Agricultural Training Institute, TESDA has tapped PSFI as its training partner in the RCEF program since 2020.
The ultimate goal of the Future Filipino Farmers Program (3FP) is to make farming more appealing to future Filipino farmers while complementing the government’s sustainable organic and ecological agriculture policy to combat global climate environments.
The program’s implementation began at the Shell Training Farm in 2018 by establishing climate-smart farm learning modules for its proof of concept. It was finally rolled out in 2022 to two selected farmer groups in Bombon and Magarao. Each group, consisting of 20 members, now manages the techno-demo farm on their respective sites, both supported with farm inputs and materials for establishing their techno-demo farm.
The Integrated Farming Bio-Systems (IFBS), one of PSFI’s longest-standing initiatives, is a capacity-building program designed to train farmers on appropriate farming technologies and enhance farm entrepreneurship skills.
In 2022, IFBS trained Angat-Buhay beneficiaries in 11 Municipalities in Camarines Sur, with 336 graduates out of the target 340. Further upskilling was conducted to 136 selected graduates of the program for topics ranging from seedling production and nursery management, basic bookkeeping, to vegetable food processing. The program also released interventions worth PHP 888,930 intended for community farm development projects and other agricultural initiatives.
The Roots to Shoots (RTS) program is a tripartite partnership between PSFI, Manila Water Foundation (MWF), and World Vision Development Foundation (WVDF). It combines health and nutrition, food security and livelihood (FSL), water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) to create an environment where children can take root, grow, and branch out to reach their full potential. PSFI is the overall lead of the RTS program and the primary implementer of the FSL component.
The RTS initiative has shown impressive progress as it nears the target completion of its first run, with more than 1,200 children and their families now having access to nutrition education and services. Providing adequate WASH facilities to over 1,000 households gave them access to clean, potable water 24/7. Additionally, 102 households received individual toilet facilities. As a result of the integrated nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive program approach, more beneficiaries were able to have access to nutritious and sustainable food, contributing to improved food security and livelihoods. Thus far, over 70% of the targeted population reported improved nutritional status, safe water access, and livelihoods.
Mother and Child Care
The Roots to Shoots – Mother and Child Care (RTS-MCC) component focused on rehabilitating undernourished children by implementing the Positive Deviance/Hearth (PDH) and Go! Baby Go! (GBG) parenting programs. The MCC component targeted 161 children for rehabilitation in 2022. However, this target was exceeded with 194 undernourished children rehabilitated. This achievement brings the total number of rehabilitated children for the 3-year program implementation to 558.
Agri-Negosyo Assistance (ANGAT)
The Agri-Negosyo Assistance (ANGAT) is part of Roots to Shoots â€“ Food Security and Livelihood program. Through this, the computer sets composed of desktop computers and printers were given to three (3) Farmer Associations (FA) in Pasacao, Camarines Sur, as part of livelihood support. Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) provided the funding assistance for the three computer units costing PHP106,785.00.
Food Security and Livelihood
The Roots to Shoots – Food Security and Livelihood (RTS-FSL) component aims to improve household food availability and access by training caregivers in basic vegetable gardening and providing them with garden inputs, enabling them to establish their own home gardens. In 2022, the FSL component assisted 165 families in establishing their gardens. These efforts resulted in the harvest of approximately 2,800 kgs of vegetables and 599 home gardens established during the 3-year program implementation in the municipalities of Bombon and Pasacao in the province of Camarines Sur.
For livelihood assistance, 67% or 249 out of 370 beneficiaries have shown an increase in income during the first production cycle. The intervention mainly focused on providing upskilling training on preferred livelihoods such as livestock raising and food processing, as well as the provision of livelihood and farm inputs. Among the beneficiaries, those who ventured into swine production reported the highest net income, ranging from PHP 1,200 PHP to 8,000 PHP.
Moreover, an additional six farmer groups with a total of more than 300 members were equipped with a series of trainings and provided with capital funds to establish their agri-enterprises. Some of these enterprises include hog raising, natural feed production, production of cocopeat and coco fiber products, and rice trading. Once sustained, this will enhance the income of the farmer members and generate additional employment in the community.
The establishment of the Palawan Eco-Agro Park serves as a sustainable training, demonstration, and information center for agricultural and entrepreneurial opportunities suitable for Palawan’s growing economy and fragile environment.
To further support its objectives, the Palawan Eco-Agro Park (PEAP) launched the El Nido Food Terminal North Branch in January 2022 to help farmers sell their produce at reasonable prices and lower the costs of agricultural commodities in El Nido. The food terminal, operated by the Asosasyon ng mga Magsasaka at Mangingisda sa Munisipyo ng El Nido, Inc. (AMMMENI) garnered total sales for the year in the amount of Php 7.31 Mn. The food terminal was able to help more or less 500 farmers whose produce were bought and sold to its institutional buyers.
To specifically help women-farmers and fisherfolks, PEAP conducted two batches of mushroom production training in October and November 2022, with 50 participants from nearby barangays in El Nido. Oyster mushrooms are one of the flagship products of the Palawan Eco-Agro Park, which can be stored inside the mushroom house, making it an all-year-round product even during the rainy season. Like the other 2 farms, 177 farmers are able to learn sustainable farming through IFBS.
Jomel Sarmiento, IFBS Trainee and Palawan Eco-Agro Park (PEAP) employee
Jomel did not have a permanent job prior to employment at PEAP and he did not have much knowledge on organic agriculture practices. He applied for an open position in PEAP in 2018 and got hired. In February 2019, Jomel became one of the participants in the 3rd batch of IFBS Training held at PEAP. He utilized his training and applied his knowledge thereafter in his own farm and vegetable garden, sustaining his family’s needs.
Today, Jomel is now one of the regular employees of PEAP. He has continued to provide for the needs of his family and was even able to buy land for his future house and a carabao to cultivate his own farm.
The health and safety initiative directly responds to SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being, but also supports SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG 13: Climate Action by promoting road, water, and fire safety, search and rescue, and disaster preparedness tailor-fitted to communities.
Operating in seven (7) provinces, the BiyaHERO program is an umbrella program providing various training and seminars on safety and emergency preparedness. The program aspires to organize and develop community volunteers to become BiyaHERO Mentors who serve as community ﬁrst responders during incidents and emergency situations. Different BiyaHERO programs reached children, young students, community residents, community leaders, and Barangay and City officials this 2022. In Batangas, a Ceremonial Turnover of over 100 copies of an Instructional Manual on Road Safety for Children was conducted last October 28, 2022, at Batangas State University. PSFI handed the manuals to the Department of Education (DepEd) – Batangas City, as reference manuals to educate elementary to senior high school students on road safety.
Meanwhile, in Pasacao, a training for Bantay Dagat, and fisherfolks association members was conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard Regional Office-Bicol. The training provided the participants with the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary in water survival, life-saving techniques, boat handling operations and preventive maintenance, and marlinspike.
BiyaHERO was also present at Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, where a Road Safety and Emergency Preparedness training was conducted on July 26, 2022. Thirty-seven (37) residents of Barangay Bagong Silang, where the Shell Depot is situated, joined the event.
A BiyaHERO activity for children was also conducted on August 27, 2022, where thirty-two (32) pupils from Grades 4 to 6 of Puerto Princesa Pilot Elementary School and residents of Barangay Bagong Silang attended. The event was conducted for the children to become more aware and oriented on road safety and emergency preparedness in preparation for the face-to-face classes.
A total of 36 volunteers from Barangay Lazareto, Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, attended the training on road safety facilitated by the Automotive Association of the Philippines (AAP) and Calapan Philippine National Police (PNP). Mentors from the Calapan Shell Terminal also discussed oil spill mitigation, while GLC Island Hauling and Trading Services shared experiences in mitigating lorry rollover incidents.
Moving to the Visayas region, BiyaHERO partnered with the City Government of Tacloban – City Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Office (DRRMO), wherein a two-day Training on Disaster Preparedness and Basic First Aid for community leaders, Barangay Tanods and Officials of Barangays 69 & 70 was conducted.
PSFI also partnered with the Local Government Unit (BLGU) of Cogon, the City PNP of Tagbilaran, and the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) to conduct a Training on Basic Road and Fire Safety and actual exercises. Twenty-six (26) members of the Barangay Council of Cogon in Tagbilaran City participated. This training aims to increase community awareness of the importance of Road and Fire Safety and create a team of rescuers that is able to utilize the messenger app to communicate during unexpected accidents. Additionally, the program turned over 25 gallons of paint to the Tagbilaran City LGU, represented by Mayor Jane Yap. The project was for the restoration painting of the sidewalk gutter/curb within the city, as well as the painting of concrete curbs with reflective paint, which aids visibility at night and helps prevent accidents. Both activities aim to contribute to the safety of motorists and road users.
In Cagayan de Oro, forty (40) individuals in the fence-line communities of Barangays Puntod and Macabalan were trained on Basic Life Support and Standard First Aid, eighteen (18) on Water Safety and Rescue, and five (5) communities were given Fire Safety and Flood protocol training. As part of PSFI’s advocacy on prevention, PSFI has also provided PPEs and early warning gadgets to the Tanods of Barangay Puntod. Around seven (7) partners were engaged in Road Safety activities: four (4) schools were engaged in Road Safety activities, while three (3) schools with a total of 148 teachers were given training. Two Road Safety trainings were conducted, targeting Tanods, Barangay personnel, and Sikad (padyak) drivers.
PSFI is the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund (PROTECTS HIV Grant) for the 2021 to 2023 period. PROTECTS’ vision is to achieve zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths; its goal is to reverse the trend of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) epidemic by reducing the estimated annual new HIV infections to less than 7,000 cases by 2022. The Grant is focused on four key populations affected by HIV and AIDS, and is being implemented in 301 sites (including 74 focus sites) in 11 Philippine Regions.
Through the PROTECTS grant, PSFI was able to provide Health and Wellness CaraVans to ten DOH Regional Offices, which include NCR, Regions 3 (Central Luzon), 4A (Calabarzon), 4B (Mimaropa), Regions 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 12. These CaraVans are large vehicles that can be used for various disease programs and will allow health services to be available even in far-flung areas. Each vehicle has a doctor’s table, an examination room, a small laboratory, and a restroom. It also includes a canopy tent to conduct community lectures in, as well as a disinfection area. The utility vehicle will be staffed by healthcare providers such as doctors, nurses, and medical technologists.
As PROTECTS delivers its projects nationwide, primarily contributing to SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being, and supporting SDG 5: Gender Equality and SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, its Peer Navigators, Case Managers, and Community Access to Redress and Empowerment (CARE) Officers continue to be trained to build their competencies and skills in the field, on the area of adolescent sensitive HIV case management, in partnership with ComCHA through the Council for the Welfare of Children and UNICEF PH.
Kilusan Ligtas Malaria (KLM) started in Palawan in 1999 that aims to contribute to the control and elimination of malaria through community organizing, awareness-raising, capability building, research, advocacy, and networking. The program’s success through the years is a testament to PSFI’s relentless commitment towards health for all Filipinos.
In May 2006, Global Fund approved a grant application by the Philippine Country Coordinating Mechanism (PCCM) with PSFI as the Primary Recipient to intensify malaria control activities in Palawan and to replicate the KLM success in four other provinces, calling it Movement Against Malaria (MAM). Thirty-five more provinces were covered in 2010, then reduced to 13 in 2015, 8 in 2018, and 3 in 2021, as the program successfully eliminated malaria cases. In 2022, only one of the 3 provinces covered reported indigenous malaria cases; the two others had zero cases.
Malaria cases and deaths were able to go down by 90.98% and 100%, respectively, based on the 2006 baseline. In 2022, 66 provinces have been declared by the Department of Health (DOH) as Malaria-Free all thanks to the concerted efforts of all stakeholders, specially the DOH, Local Government Units (LGUs), and PSFI through MAM Project.
Takeda Patient Assistance Program (TPAP) helps cover the cost of the patient’s full course of treatment with Vedolizumab (Entyvio®) and Brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris®) through the support of physicians who provides patients with a mechanism to help patients complete their entire prescribed course of treatment even if they cannot afford to pay for it partly or in full.
One hundred five (105) patients were enrolled in the program in 2022. TPAP has supported 511 patients with Hodgkins Lymphoma, or Refractory Systemic Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and Ulcerative Colitis, or Crohn’s Disease, since its start in 2017.
LoveYourself: Growing through the Years
LoveYourself has been the partner of PSFI for the HIV program as early as 2012 through its Philippine Business Sector Response (PBSR) for HIV and AIDS. Shell Companies in the Philippines’ former Country Chair Mr. Ed Chua was a staunch supporter of the HIV program and thus agreed to support and mentor the budding organization financially.
Their partnership has expanded and strengthened since then, where LoveYourself has helped pave the way for PSFI to be even more involved in various HIV programs and activities, including developing their own HIV prevention and care programs. From a small organization, LoveYourself has created different community centers from Baguio City up to Cebu City and partner organizations nationwide.
LoveYourself is a testament to what can happen when community members come together to create a better future.
PSFI’s education initiatives respond to the current learning needs in the Philippines and promote innovative and critical thinking skills. Aside from STEM programs, PSFI also provides technical and vocational training and scholarship support to help strengthen local economies by promoting entrepreneurship and meaningful employment. With this, PSFI also supports SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.
NXplorers is Shell’s Global STEM Program. This innovative educational program introduces young people to creative and critical thinking to bring about positive change. Focused on the Food, Water and Energy Nexus, it aims to build awareness, develop knowledge, and provide thinking tools and complex problem-solving skills for future leaders.
The year 2022 progressed with the in-person NXplorers Workshop returning after a two-year hiatus. With the transition from remote/online learning to in-person classes in the latter half of 2022, Team NXplorers Ph pivoted the online conduct of the NXplorers workshop to a three-day in-person workshop. The team conducted workshops in 14 high schools nationwide, reaching 353 students and 55 teachers.
Imparting the knowledge and skills they acquired from NXplorers, alumni NXplorers students and teachers from the Philippines Science High School Cagayan Valley Campus headed by Sir Jensham Balgua cascaded the NXplorers program to fellow students and teachers by organizing and conducting two NXplorers workshops.The second workshop, intended to introduce NXplorers to schools within their area, was conducted in a hybrid mode and had 18 teachers and 89 student participants.
NX Ph teams also joined the first NXplorers Virtual Student Carnival. Team Agriserve and Team El Terratix – NXplorers student teams from Philippine Science High School Cagayan Valley Campus- joined student teams from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, and Oman in showcasing innovative NXplorers projects. Team El Terratix presented Project PagSOILbok: a smart soil testing device, and Team Agriserve showcased Project Smart-AgriHub: an online platform for farmers, during the first NXplorers Virtual Student Carnival.
To increase engagement to more schools and students, the NXplorers team presented the program during the 2022 National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) organized by the Department of Education (DepEd), reaching 283 participants consisting of teachers, students, and DepEd officials.
The Shell-PhilDev Scholarship program is a multi-year, performance-based college scholarship program awarded to students from selected partner universities nationwide who are entering their second year of Science and Engineering education. It is implemented by the Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Philippine S&T Development Foundation-Manila, Inc. (PhilDev).
A key highlight of the year is the integration of agriculture into the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) course offerings of the program. Now Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Mathematics (STEAM), the improved program opens more opportunities for future scholars pursuing agriculture.
The Shell-PhilDev program supported 29 scholars during 2022 and produced 5 scholar-graduates, one of whom graduated Cum Laude. Shell Companies hired five PhilDev scholars in the Philippines (SciP), and 34 scholar-graduates passed engineering licensure and/or certification exams (1 Industrial Engineer, 3 Electrical Engineers, 10 Civil Engineers, 15 Chemical Engineers, and 5 Mechanical Engineers). Additionally, alumni Leo Marcelo Villalba, Ivan Narra, and Jession Diwangan were able to give back to communities after being in the program by putting up an early-stage micro-pumped energy storage solution startup for clustered households in remote mountainous areas.
A total of 11 tech startups and community-based enterprises went through the 3-month acceleration program and entrepreneurship mentorship from our pool of local and international business experts this 2022.
Bambuhay, a social enterprise that aims to solve poverty, plastic pollution, deforestation and mitigate the effect of climate change through the use of bamboo and technology, known for its plantable bamboo toothbrush, was declared as the tech startup national winner. Runner-ups are PiezaPH and Suds Sustainable Pods. After the acceleration program, the enterprises within the cohort have the opportunity to be named as Shell LiveWIRE Global’s Top Ten Innovators. In 2022, 3 teams were recognised in the Top Ten Innovator Awards: namely Nanotronics, Agro-Digital PH and NextPay. Nanotronics, which produces nanomaterials derived from indigenous plants as an alternative to plastic packaging, was declared as the winner within the Business Innovation category.
Shell LiveWIRE PH (SLW PH) also sponsored the Philippine Startup Week 2022 (PHSW22) for the first time. PHSW promotes collaboration, and innovation between startup founders and other stakeholders, to further grow the Philippine startup ecosystem. SLW PH included eight (8) tech startups from the first to third year of its program run to be featured together with the Top 100 Startups invited during the event. SLW PH also held an hour-long virtual event in collaboration with Shell brands & communications for a Fireside Chat with Oro Handmade and NextPay founders, together with 2 enterprises from Pakistan and Malaysia.
Both Gas Mo, Bukas Ko (GMBK) and Unlad sa Pasada (USP) are geared towards upskilling two key stakeholder groups in the Shell business in the Philippines. GMBK and USP were launched as technical-vocational skills training programs to provide more education and economic opportunities for Shell Mobility staff, loyal Shell GO+ cardholders, and their dependents.
The Unlad sa Pasada (USP) Program is a way of giving back to loyal members of the public utility vehicle sector, such as jeepney drivers, lorry/truck drivers who also contribute to the business of Pilipinas Shell Corporation.
In the first quarter of 2022, the very first batch of Entrep.Nation scholars completed their certification course on Basic Entrepreneurship. This pioneering class, composed of 36 scholars, was the first of five batches of scholars to be trained in putting up their own small, micro, or start-up businesses in cooperation with the Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation (BCYF). Another batch of over 60 scholars took the course in 2022, with all of them graduating and completing the course after presenting their business proposals during the panel discussions.
Gas Mo, Bukas Ko (GMBK) is a scholarship program in technical vocational courses and basic entrepreneurship certification for forecourt champions such as Shell site gas attendants, Shell Select staff, and retail site administrative support staff. The program focuses on providing better education and economic opportunities and, ultimately, a better future for the Mobility site champions.
Since the GMBK Program was launched in 2007, 249 of 540 retailers nationwide have endorsed close to 3,000 nominated staff to the scholarship. Of these nominations, 2,366 of the nominated staff have passed the screening process and become GMBK scholars since then.
A major program highlight for 2022 was the record number of scholars for all the courses under the GMBK Program, including the Basic Entrepreneurship Course with Entrep.Nation in partnership with Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation (BCYF). GMBK exceeded the projected target of 112 scholars across all five courses this 2022. A total of 143 GMBK scholars from all over the Philippines took up Automotive Servicing, Motorcycle and Small Engine Servicing, Basic Entrepreneurship, Cookery, and Bread and Pastry Production across the country. Reaching far beyond the target number of scholars accepted and enrolled resulted from sustained engagement with retailers/dealers and encouraging Shell Mobility staff to apply for and complete the scholarship program.
Another highlight of GMBK in 2022 was the low rate of dropouts in Bookkeeping and Automotive Servicing. Out of all the scholars enrolled for the year, less than 5% of the scholars dropped out from the courses despite many challenges at work and managing their personal concerns, including health and family responsibilities. This year’s lower dropout rate for scholars can be attributed to constant monitoring and coaching/mentoring of scholars with the guidance and assistance of retailers and cluster managers, partner technical-vocational institutions, and their trainers and focal person.
The Shell Tabangao Ladies Circle (STLC) scholarship caters to students who come from indigent families and cannot afford to sustain their education. The STLC scholarship provides students with monthly allowances and support to cover additional education fees. In partnership with the School Division Office of Batangas City headed by Mr. Dr. Felizardo Bolanos (Schools Division Superintendent) and PSFI Executive Director Mr. Sebastian Quiniones, Jr., ten (10) new STLC scholars under the STEM track from TALIM barangays received the scholarship grants for 2022.
One notable scholar of STLC is Mark Balita, who applied for the scholarship to be able to continue his studies since his parents do not have stable jobs. Motivated by his adviser to apply for the scholarship, Mark was under STLC from the school year 2012-2022. He took up Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in Content Courses and graduated with distinction this 2022 from the Colegio ng Lungsod ng Batangas. Mark said that the scholarship offered many opportunities in his studies and his career now as a teacher. He remains grateful and proudly shares his 10-year academic journey with STLC with his colleagues at the Marian Learning and Science High School Inc., where he works. Mark wants to be an inspiration to other scholars and emphasizes the importance of dedication to achieve success. ‘Just continue dreaming and striving for success; there is no shortcut effort, and dedication is a must,’ according to Mark.
PSFI, through Shell Companies in the Philippines (SCiP), has been implementing the Shell Employees Dependent Scholarship Program (SEDSP) annually since 2005, granting twelve (12) scholarships a year. This year, six (6) college and six (6) high school students were admitted and supported by the SEDSP program. Under SEDSP, Shell employees may apply their dependents for a high school and/or a college scholarship grant.
The Brigada Eskwela is an annual activity spearheaded by the Department of Education as they prepare the school for the upcoming school year. A volunteer activity participated by community members, parents and students, NGO, LGU, and other organizations, Brigada Eskwela aims to beautify public schools and make facilities ready for the students for the incoming school year.
The Amadors: Husband and Wife become USP scholars twice
Rommel and Vilma Amador are husband and wife who are both scholars of PSFI’s USP. Rommel received his ﬁrst USP scholarship in 2016. A tricycle driver, he took up the small engine servicing course to help him in his livelihood. This 2022, after learning about the scholarship through ﬂyers found in Shell gasoline stations, he became a scholar again, this time taking up Basic Entrepreneurship. He thanks the USP program for the opportunity to learn topics that help in his daily life. “Sa Pilipinas Shell Foundation, taos puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa inyo sa pagkakataon na makapag-aral po akung muli,” Rommel said.
Rommel’s wife, Vilma, also joined him in expanding his skills and knowledge. Vilma took up Basic Bookkeeping Course at STI Rosario, Cavite, in 2016. This was followed by Basic Entrepreneurship this 2022 after qualifying once again in the program because of Rommel’s USP membership. According to Vilma, the scholarship allowed her to further expand her knowledge and learn new topics. She encourages fellow scholars to ﬁnish their schooling and not waste the chance to have better lives and livelihoods.
Rommel will go on to become a scholar again following 2022, training with Don Bosco Makati for Motorcycle/Small Engine Servicing (MSES).
PSFI works to provide cheaper, cleaner, and more efficient energy to its fenceline communities, especially those in far-flung areas. Its key program under Energy – the SINAG project – ensures access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and clean energy, directly responding to SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy.
The Save, Invest, Nurture Access to Green Energy and Technologies project or SINAG, started in 2014 to provide sustainable and community-based microgrid access to energy to off-grid sites in Palawan with no immediate prospects of being connected to any electricity grid. The project harnesses available renewable energy sources in the area, such as solar, wind, and hydropower. SINAG used to reach 8 communities, however one site was damaged by tropical storm Odette in 2021. Currently, SINAG has projects in seven (7) sites and connected 631 households to the microgrid. The microgrid systems installed in the six sites have successfully been repaired, maintained, and rehabilitated this 2022, wherein the Electric Associations (EA) provided a financial counterpart amounting to Php 604,500.
With a SINAG microgrid already in place on the remote island of Baras, Taytay, Palawan, internet connectivity was successfully installed on November 15, 2022, as part of the implementation of Project Dunong, Isip at Galing sa Teknolohiya Alay sa Baras (DIGITAL) Baras (English translation: Proficiency, Digital Know-How, and Competency in Technology extended to the Baras community). An essential part of lives today, especially after the Covid-19 lockdowns, internet connectivity in Baras enables people to connect, work, and access services. Shell’s Global Social Impact Fund funded the program.
Digital Baras Story: Desirie S. Caabay
Before Project DIGITAL Baras came to their community, teachers like Ma’am Desirie used to hike up the mountain just to access a network signal. This was necessary to update their online reports and attend webinars. Educators alike who cannot hike opt to ride a boat and look for internet signals in the middle of the ocean. Other times, they travel for about 2 hours by boat and then by land to the nearest school where network connectivity is available. High school students go through the same challenge, which takes time away from their families and daily routines, and not to mention costly. Project DIGITAL Baras provided network connectivity and all the equipment needed to extend access to e-learning, e-commerce, and telehealth. Teachers in the community are now able to use television, speakers, microphone sets, and printers to conduct learning activities for the students. Now that they have easier access, they no longer need to hike the mountains, sit in the middle of the ocean, or travel far, and instead, they are able to exert more of their time and efforts on better learning and teaching opportunities. The DIGITAL Baras Project Planning and Workshop also capacitated Desirie and honed her project management and implementation skills.
PSFI aims to equip Filipinos with skills to achieve their potential and help them realize their goals. Through providing training and linkage to other business opportunities, PSFI helps increase employment opportunities and help individuals grow their livelihoods. PSFI’s work in this area is in response to SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.
PSFI’s Joblink program—a component of Sanayan sa Kakayahang Industriyal (SKIL)—aims to lower the rate of unemployment and to improve one’s earnings for communities in TALIM, Batangas. Through the program, skills demanded by current projects can be matched with those available within the community.
In line with Joblinks’ intensiﬁed implementation, a Contractors’ Forum was held at Talaba Court in Batangas this 2022. Twenty-three (23) registered contractors working for Shell Import Facility Tabangao (SHIFT) attended the forum. PSFI representatives presented the system to the contractors and encouraged participation in the program. Pilipinas Shell’s Country Social Performance and Social Investment Manager Conrado Parizal helped expound on the purpose of Joblink, its importance to business, and its win-win beneﬁt to the community.
Noticeably, there has been at least a 30% increase in the number of contractors participating and contacting PSFI to access the Joblink Program since this forum was conducted.
PSFI sees that individuals with a diverse set of skills not only have higher chances of employment but also have an advantage for longer employment or retention within a company. This is the idea behind Sanayan sa Kakayahang Industriyal (SKIL). Initially, the program provided out-of-school youth access to diverse technical-vocational training courses. As SKIL has shown its success for the thousands of scholars who have graduated since its inception in 1982, the program continues today, with implementation in the provinces of Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Misamis Oriental, and Leyte, wherein it evolved as an avenue for community members to gain necessary skills that help them get employment immediately after training.
Through the program, PSFI was able to strengthen its collaboration with local partners. In Batangas, 109 graduated this 2022, 77 of which are from the 2022 batch, while the rest are graduates from 2019-2021 who attended the face-to-face graduation after pandemic restrictions were lifted. The 77 students who graduated this year took up Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC I-II course (32 scholars) and Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II (45 scholars) through TESDA Regional Training Center-CALABARZON and Concept Career Enhancement Institute, Inc.
In Cagayan de Oro, the SKIL program was able to train 97 scholars. Of the graduates, forty-two (42) scholars gained TESDA certifications after participating in the program, and sixty-five (65) scholars gained access to employment or alternative livelihood. The team will soon mainstream and maximize the partnership with the City Government through its Public Employment and Service Office (PESO) and Cagayan de Oro City- Oro Chambers of Commerce to open opportunities for scholars to get employment in various industries in the city and in the region.
This 2022, LiveWIRE was able to move community enterprises forward in Batangas, Camarines Sur, Cagayan de Oro (CDO), and Palawan.
Shell LiveWIRE held a ceremonial Memorandum of Agreement signing and Start-Up Support awarding with its partners BAFEMPCO and Batangas State University in Batangas. The renewed MoA between partners was extended to three (3) years with a common agreement on supporting more cooperatives for the program. Meanwhile, three (3) cooperatives received start-up support worth Php 200,000.00 each.
In Pasacao, a MOA signing and turn-over of materials to the Pasacao Mangrove Growers Association to support the establishment of a nursery that will grow various seedlings to support reforestation efforts was conducted. Another partner, the Food Processor Association, received assorted cooking tools and equipment to help start up their activities.
Additionally, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Negosyo Center, PSFI successfully completed the three-day training on Entrepreneurial Development and Food Processing for housewives or family members of fisherfolks from Barangay 70 in Anibong, Tacloban.
PSFI partnered with the City Government of CDO through its Community Improvement Division (CID), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) school – 1, and All Technical Schools to implement the Community Enterprise Development/ LiveWIRE Program. Seventy-five (75) scholars in total completed the training: where fifty (50) scholars attended the Food Processing for Solo Parents and Fisherfolk Wives and Families training in Barangay Macabalan, and twenty-five (25) residents learned Massage Therapy in Barangay Puntod, where they also received tools and initial supplies to start earning from their newly acquired skills.
Moving to Palawan, PSFI and the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) conducted a LiveWIRE Seminar and facilitated a Basic Entrepreneurship training for twenty (20) Community-Based Sustainable Tourism (CBST) members at Isla Felomina in Brgy. New Panggangan. Seven (7) Community Enterprises from Palawan, specifically from Puerto Princesa City, have also joined the Shell LiveWIRE 2022.
PSFI promotes environmental sustainability and conservation practices in all its sites and partner communities, in line with SDG 13: Climate Action. Its projects help communities become resilient in climate change and promote environmental responsibility.
According to the Global Peace Index 2019 of the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Philippines is the country most vulnerable to climate change risks. The country is expected to experience sea level rise that could submerge cities as early as 2050. The Philippines have also been experiencing rising temperatures and an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events/extreme rainfall, with five of the most deadly on record occurring since 2006, according to a report by Amnesty International. Responding to this, PSFI operates from the community to the landscape level, impacting individuals and the broader ecosystem.
PSFI’s ridge-to-reef approach to environmental stewardship and climate change mitigation started in 2018 in Cagayan de Oro. It is an enchantment to PSFI’s environmental stewardship programs which started in 2006 in Batangas and expanded in Palawan in 2015. A more comprehensive approach that covers coastal areas up to the upland, the Ridge-to-Reef Program aims to contribute to environmental initiatives for protecting coastal areas in program sites through reef rehabilitation and marine conservation, beach forest reforestation, riparian-zone restoration, and upland forestland rehabilitation.
Apart from the conservation of ecosystems, the Ridge-to-Reef program also tackles the plastic waste problem and livelihood development – issues affecting the broader landscape. PSFI intends to contribute to increasing the recycling of plastic waste through ecobricks hubs which produce building bricks mixed with plastics in Tacloban, and Cagayan. At the same time, PSFI also provides livelihood opportunities by establishing community-based sustainable tourism sites in Palawan, and nursery establishments in Pasacao and Cagayan De Oro.
Cagayan de Oro
In 2022, PSFI, through its Ridge-to-Reef Program, conducted an awareness campaign session on the Effects of Single Use Plastics attended by selected students and teachers from Macabalan National High School; tree growing activities in Bonbon, Balulang, and Puntod; participated in partner’s initiated coastal cleanups; conducted one community consultation and awareness session on the establishment of a mangrove reserve in Barangay Puntod; and coordination meeting with various partner stakeholders in Cagayan de Oro City.
PSFI, in partnership with Safer River Life Saver Foundation and Barangay Balulang, were able to plant 700 Lambago trees, and 300 bamboos. 235 volunteers from the North Mindanao Import Facility (NMIF), representatives from 13 Shell mobility stations, members of Macajalar Wharf Porters Association, City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO), BAMBUSA, and stakeholders of Barangay Balulang and representatives from shell fenceline communities from Puntod and Macabalan volunteered their time and skills during the event.
A total of 1,190 volunteers participated in all of the the events in Ridge-to-reef activities in Cagayan de Oro. Through working together, they were also able to plant 6,050 mangroves, and were able to collect 710 kilos of waste.
In Tagbilaran, PSFI, in partnership with the local government of Tagbilaran City, the City Division Office of Tagbilaran, and Cogon High School – Evening Class, piloted an Environmental Awareness Session on October 25, 2022, wherein thirty-seven (37) students and eight (8) science teachers participated the activity.
The 3-hour session focuses on basic ecology and the effects of single-use plastic, and the 10R’s relevant to the city surrounded by rich marine biodiversity. At the end of the session, PSFI handed over reusable water tumblers to encourage the mitigation of single-use plastic and facilitate behavioral changes among the students.
Turismo At Negosyo Dulot ng Ingat KAlikasaN (TANDIKAN) is a PSFI Program that started in 2015 to address the problems and challenges of environmental degradation and lack of employment and livelihood opportunities in Palawan.
This 2022, through TANDIKAN, environmental education, livelihood development talks, community-based ecotourism strengthening (CBST) activities, tree planting, and celebration of different environmental events were conducted all year around. School children, youth leaders, government employees, community residents and leaders, and indigenous peoples, among others, attended the different events.
CBST activities, such as the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour (MPBT) Assessment and Planning Workshop was conducted; PSFI together with the Municipal Tourism Office (MTO) of El Nido, Palawan also met with the Dewil Eco-Mangrove Association (DEMA) and DEwil Valley Eco-Adventure Association (DEVEAA) for plans and partnership strengthening.
Coastal and Mangrove Clean-Up Drive was held in Pasacao, Batangas, and was participated by different representatives from various Barangay Local Government Units, the Pasacao Bantay Dagat, Barangay Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (BFARMC) Caranan, BFARMC Sta. Rosa del Sur, Municipal Agriculture Offices (MAO) – Coastal Resources Management Office (MAO-CRMO) staff, and Municipal Environment & Natural Resources (MENRO) staff. The coastal clean-up activity was done to increase the awareness of coastal communities on protecting and conserving marine resources, specifically mangroves. The activity focused on removing solid wastes and entangled plastic bags in mangrove areas of the coastal barangays, then collecting and properly disposing the waste to mitigate the effects of plastic pollution.
Just the same, a cleanup drive was also held at Barangay 69 & 70 in Tacloban on June 10-11, 2022. These activities aim to encourage communities to take care of their surrounding environment through engaging them in collecting plastic waste.
PSFI continues its partnership with the Tubbataha Reefs and Natural Park (TRNP) this year by strengthening law enforcement activities and conducting Communication, Education, and Public Awareness (CEPA) campaigns. Through the support of PSFI, internet, and satellite subscriptions were secured to provide park rangers access to information; a lawyer was engaged in prosecuting and resolving TRNP cases; and 158 ocean patrols were conducted as part of TRNP monitoring and enforcement activities. Digital devices that help in navigation and data management were also procured. This includes cellular phones, a laptop, a drone, and an outboard motor.
PSFI aims to bring short- and long-term relief to those affected by disasters in the Philippines.
The country being the most natural disaster-prone country in the world due to climate change based on the Global Peace Index 2019 of the Institute for Economics and Peace, PSFI has learned to strengthen its programs through the years, basing its response on the following pillars: 1) working within fenceline communities, 2) assessing the needs and situation, 3) aligning with and securing funding support from the Shell companies, and 4) tapping into partner organizations.
At the beginning of the year, PSFI continued its pandemic relief by donating 40 oxygen concentrators to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) and the Batangas Medical Center. As the Covid-19 pandemic became more manageable and its spread more controlled, PSFI returned its focus and relief efforts to the communities affected by disasters. In 2022, this included those affected by the Abra earthquake, the Mandaue fire incident, the Misamis flooding, and those devastated by Typhoon Paeng.
Tropical Storm (TS) Nalgae, locally known as ‘Paeng’, swept through the Philippines, causing widespread and massive ﬂooding. TS Paeng brought disaster upon the islands of Luzon and Mindanao, particularly in Region 4A in Batangas, Calapan, Quezon, and Cavite. PSFI, together with Shell Import Facility Tabangao, Corporate Relations, Shell Mobility Retail Territory Managers, Shell dealers, and station staff, immediately worked together to provide water and food packs to 1,575 displaced families and host community members.
TPSFI responded to the Abra earthquake victims through its Disaster Response Network partner, the Cordillera Career Development College. 1,500 7-liter packs of drinking water were immediately distributed to communities in the province of Abra that were heavily affected by the magnitude 7 earthquake sought out as a major concern in the area, as other donors prioritized delivery of food and relief packs.
On November 24, 2022, Several houses went up in smoke after a fire broke out in Barangay Looc, Mandaue City, and razed at least 250 houses. At least P1.2 million in property was destroyed, and in the initial assessment of the Mandaue City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, the fire displaced over 630 families or 2,500 individuals.
While the fire victims took temporary shelter at the Looc Gym and City Central School, PSFI was able to distribute food packs, towels, and mattresses through the collaboration of the Shell Mandaue terminal, PSFI, and the University of Cebu Looc Mandaue Extension office team, school staff, students, and volunteers. Through this, over 520 families were given immediate aid. A month later, on December 25, 2022, heavy rains causing massive flooding in Misamis Oriental and Occidental were reported. The event affected over 1,700 families or 7,540 individuals in eight barangays, displacing them in 21 evacuation areas.
PSFI responded to municipalities and barangays in Misamis Occidental by providing food packs and water. Barangays within Oroquieta City and 15 Shell staff in the municipalities of Aloran and Carangan received 900 pcs of food packs with 7-liter mineral water jugs each. The Municipality of Jimenez also received their requested hygiene kits and towels through the help of Shell dealers and haulers in Ozamis City. The group provided 600 hygiene kits, and baths, hand and face towels to affected families in Jimenez. The flooding incident affected parts of the Northern Mindanao region, displacing almost 40,000 individuals.
The Adopt Kalakwasan was implemented in Palawan as well. This project is being accomplished with the indigenous Batak group to rehabilitate their community in Daes-daesan, Sitio Kalakwasan. Adopt Kalakwasan aims to build sturdier houses for sixty-three (63) Batak households while keeping the cultural authenticity of the design. The project also aims to construct a multi-purpose livelihood center (SINAG Kiosk) in the area. Through SINAG, each household will receive two (2) sets of solar kits with a small panel that can power three (3) light bulbs.