Chevron supports local businesses, communities

Published January 12, 2022, 3:38 PM

by Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), one of the leading oil players in the country, vowed to continue supporting local businesses and communities while promoting a more sustainable lifestyle.

Vegetables sourced from farmers in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija were carefully packed by St. Isidore the FARMer Learning Center Inc’s volunteers.

“During these trying times, it’s important for us to keep the essence of volunteerism alive. I’m glad that we are able to continue our Volunteer Week activities even virtually where Chevron employees are able to do their part in protecting the environment, supporting local farmers and businesses while helping as much as we can to those who are badly in need,” said Billy Liu, CPI country chairman and general manager.

Volunteer Week 2021 started with Project Oh My Gulay wherein Chevron sourced vegetables from farmers in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija through partner St. Isidore the FARMer Learning Center Inc., a training center for the development of agriculture. The vegetables were donated to 80 families in Brgy. Pagibig sa Nayon in Quezon City together with three-days-worth of food supplies.

Aside from the donation, Chevron volunteers attended a virtual cooking workshop hosted by Chef Joy Escobar where they learned how to prepare organic and healthy dishes. Project Oh My Gulay’s goal was to raise awareness on benefit of healthy eating while supporting and appreciating local farmers in the country.

Bokashi compost kits were donated to 56 families in Tondo, Manila to help them start to grow more crops for less cost.

The second activity held was Project Bokashi Compost, facilitated by Karen Pascua, a certified Bokashi Compost Mentor and Edible Urban Gardener. Volunteers were taught the importance of food waste diversion and composting using Bokashi Technology.

Chevron also donated Bokashi Compost kits and grocery packs to 56 families in Tondo, Manila through St. John Bosco Parish and Bureau of Plant Industry’s Gulayan ni Juan, a community effort that helps families within Tondo to sustain their livelihood by selling local produce.

A staple activity in Chevron Volunteer Week is the annual Batangas Coastal clean-up, held every September in time for the International Coastal Clean-up month. A total of 64 volunteers cleaned up the two-kilometer coastline in San Pascual, which straddles the Chevron Batangas Terminal.