Breadmaking, robotics, storytelling, and a coastal cleanup highlight Chevron’s Volunteer Week 2018

November 24, 2018

The coastal cleanup remains the most-awaited activity every Volunteer Week as volunteers join together to clean the long coastline of the Chevron Batangas Terminal, a nesting ground for the Olive-Ridley sea turtles. Since CPI began regular security patrols and annual cleanup operations in 2007, turtle sightings along the shore have significantly increased over the years.


Chevron has been undertaking a host of Corporate Social Responsibility projects year in and year out. These include partnerships with the Philippine Red Cross to help calamity and other victims, as well as campaigns like Fuel Your School that raise funds to enhance learning in some of the highest need public schools in the country. And then there is the annual Chevron Volunteer Week.

Held every year during the fourth quarter, Volunteer Week has been helping the youth, the underprivileged, and the marginalized members of society for the past ten years. Now on its 11th run, this year witnessed over 300 volunteers from various Caltex and Chevron subsidiaries, along with their counterparts from partner companies, take part in activities such as breadmaking, robotics learning, storytelling, and ofcourse, the annual coastal cleanup.

The Caltex Makati Credit Cooperative (CMCC) started things off with Project LIVE (Labor Intensive Volunteerism Engagement). The project was a stuffed pan de sal making workshop given by the migrant bakers from the foundation to CMCC volunteers. The volunteers then undertook a feeding program for the parents and children of Barangay Pio del Pillar in Makati Coity.

Days two and three were spent by Chevron Holdings Volunteers at the University of Makati teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) high school students a thing or two about robotics. Using the Python program, the workshop taught the young ones how to program a robot. The students then went on to create a Raspberry Pi Kit and automated robot that went around a simulated oval track.

The fourth day was spent at Asilo de San Vicente de Paul in Paco. Here, Chevron volunteers engaged young kids in interactive storytelling. This wasn’t your usual storytime as it allowed the kids to answer a question or two that was the basis for what was to come next in the tale. This was not only fun for the kids but for everyone present.

Finally, Volunteer Week 2018 was once again capped off by a coastal cleanup at the Caltex Batangas Terminal in San Pascual, Batangas. The coastline has become a nesting ground for the endangered Olive-Ridley Sea Turtles. Thanks to the annual cleanup drive, the turtles now have a safe and protected home for their young.

All told, Volunteer Week 2018 once again shows how much Chevron cares for the people around it, as well as he environment.

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.