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PGFI scholar graduates with honors

Mr. Austin presents a certificate to Ms. Mantos in recognition of her academic achievement. Joining them is Kgwd Bautista.

Sarah Mantos, a scholar of the Philex Group Foundation, Inc. (PGFI), has graduated with a degree in BS Business Administration, cum laude, from the Rizal Technological University (RTU), in Mandaluyong City.

“We are very proud of her,” said Eulalio Austin, Jr., president of PGFI, who awarded her with a certificate in recognition of her academic achievement.

Ms. Mantos, together with Cesar Bautista, a kagawad (councilor) of Barangay Kapitolyo, in Pasig City, visited the offices of Philex Mining Corp. and its CSR arm, PGFI, which are headquartered in the same barangay.

“She has been an excellent student and scholar,” Mr. Austin said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to help her in her education.”

It was Kgwd Bautista who spearheaded a scholarship project that had made possible PGFI’s sponsorship of Ms. Mantos’ college studies.

The project aims to support the college education of poor but deserving students belonging to the Gawad Kalinga community in the barangay.

Caltex Fuel Your School boosts STEM learning for Metro Manila’s highest need senior-ready public schools

The MOA signing for Caltex Fuel Your School was attended by (left to right) DepEd Undersecretary Mario Deriquito, CPI Policy, Government and Public Affairs Manager Raissa Bautista, DepEd Regional Director for NCR Luz Almeda, CPI Country Chair Peter Morris, and American Chamber Foundation Philippines President Edwin Feist.

Manila, Philippines – In anticipation of the needs of incoming Grades 11 and 12 in 2016 for public schools, Caltex is helping thousands of public high school students in Metro Manila see their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects come alive through the Caltex Fuel Your School (FYS) program launched recently in Caltex Mabini station.

“From June 15 to July 15, 2015, we will donate one peso (P1) for every 4-liter fuel purchase made by motorists at participating Caltex stations in Metro Manila. We aim to hit P5 million in this campaign month. The donation will then be turned over to our project partner American Chamber Foundation of the Philippines (ACFP) that is tasked to qualify submitted project proposals as well as the purchase of qualified STEM classroom projects,” announced Peter Morris, country chairman of Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI).

On the other hand, the Department of Education of the Philippines as FYS project partner shortlisted the 33 highest-need public senior high schools in Metro Manila as beneficiaries qualified to receive a maximum of P150,000 per school in STEM classroom materials.

“Caltex Fuel Your School strongly reflects our company’s continued commitment to education. I believe if you take a combination of quality school equipment, passionate teachers, and motivated students, that’s when education becomes very powerful. Through this project, we hope to further empower the teachers and spur the students’ interest to help them excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” adds Raissa Bautista, CPI manager for Policy, Government & Public Affairs.

“This program is a most welcome partnership with Caltex considering that the Philippines is about to implement the senior high school program next year where STEM is given equal importance along with other tracks. The donation answers our need for additional equipment to give adequate training and preparation to our students,” said DepEd Regional Director for NCR Luz Almeda.

FYS project partners estimate that at least 700 teachers and 9,000 students from the senior-ready public schools will benefit from the FYS program.

Driving FYS through Social Media

Aside from supporting the program via fueling at Caltex, the FYS partners also invite the public to help the schools by viewing and liking their favorite schools’ qualified projects as posted on the Caltex Philippines Facebook page at or via . The FYS leaderboard in the website will be regularly updated to reflect ranking of the projects that generated the most to least likes. Projects will be funded in the order of their July 15 leaderboard rank. The top three projects with the most number of fan likes at the end of the FYS campaign will each receive an additional brand new laptop as bonus prize.

The program also encourages social media users to help the schools get their STEM wish list by promoting their projects online. Chevron, for instance, has an ongoing FYS awareness volunteer campaign  among its employees, retailers and other business partners by urging them to create selfies and groupies using FYS props and posting them as their Facebook profile photos during the FYS campaign period and sending the FYS PH link so their own FB friends can also vote.

“It has been one of my dreams to see my students in a well-equipped laboratory room where they conduct experiments, manipulate the microscopes and discuss their findings. I’m just so glad this can become a reality through Caltex Fuel Your School,” said Cecilia Santiago, science teacher from M. Araullo High School in Manila.

ACF President, Edwin Feist shared “Caltex Fuel Your School is a wonderful program that helps bright and talented students who do not have sufficient funds to support themselves. We’re certainly delighted to work with Chevron in this innovative campaign to promote STEM education to local schools where assistance is highly needed,”

Caltex Fuel Your School is part of Chevron’s Energy for Learning Initiative, which supports educational programs that create opportunities for individuals to acquire new knowledge, gain new skills and be exposed to different ways of thinking.

For more information about Caltex Fuel Your School, visit or contact the FYS hotline at 399-2505. Vote and help promote a FYS classroom project via Caltex Philippines Facebook page at


About Chevron Philippines Inc.

Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 90 years. Caltex™, its retail brand, offers high quality products and services. There are close to 700 service stations strategically scattered throughout the Philippine archipelago and employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal operations. The Chevron products that are available in the Philippines include Caltex with Techron® fuel and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline® and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron Philippines Inc. is available at

Villar SIPAG leads Earth Day 2015 celebration at LPPCHEA

Villar SIPAG celebrates with over 300 volunteers, including students from Las Piñas and Parañaque schools, in cleaning of the coastline of Manila Bay at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Criticial Habitat and Eco-Tourism Area (LPPCHEA), the last remaining beach and mangrove area in Metro Manila in observation of the World Environment Day and Philippine Arbor Day. Together with Senator Cynthia Villar, who led the planting of Bani, a medical tree. The Senator, a known environment advocate, has been fighting the reclamation of LPPCHEA which she warned may cause massive floodings in Las Piñas and Parañaque and the nearby Bacoor City in Cavite.


Call for Nominations: Manila Water Prize for Engineering Excellence

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Manila Water Foundation, Dost Launch First-Ever National Award For Engineering Excellence

The Search for Exemplary Filipino Engineers Begins…

Manila Water Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) are now accepting nominations for the premier run of the Manila Water Foundation Prize for Engineering Excellence.

Signed and sealed with a handshake. DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo and Manila Water Foundation Chairman Gerardo C. Ablaza, Jr. shake hands after signing the Memorandum of Agreement for the Manila Water Foundation Prize for Engineering Excellence. DOST Undersecretary for S&T Services Rowena Cristina L. Guevara (extreme left) and Manila Water Foundation President Ferdinand M. dela Cruz (extreme right) eagerly look on.

Said prize, which is part of the Manila Water Foundation’s 10th anniversary this year, is a nationwide search for five exemplary engineers who have developed and implemented projects that champion water, sanitation, environment and sustainability for marginalized communities. To inspire and empower all Filipino engineers to serve the country better through engineering solutions resulting in positive social impacts, each prize recipient will receive Php500,000.

The partnership between the Foundation and the DOST was formalized during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement held on April 21 at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel.

“There are a lot of great engineers with a lot of ingenious engineering solutions, but there's not enough engineering excellence recognition in the country. We're very excited to partner with DOST, who is a practitioner of truly ingenious solutions that work in the Philippines,” said Manila Water Foundation President Ferdinand M. dela Cruz.

DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo shared dela Cruz’s enthusiasm on this project as he pointed out how Manila Water Foundation’s vision and programs are strategically aligned with those of DOST. While the Manila Water Foundation is committed to becoming an enabler of change for Base of the Pyramid (BOP) communities through access to sustainable water and used water services, the DOST is steadfast in finding viable and innovative solutions for proper water usage, particularly in low-income communities.

“There are so many areas where innovative solutions can be developed for viable options. This is where science, technology and innovation can come in. Hopefully, this prize can encourage solutions to optimize and enhance the use of water,” Montejo said.

Eligible to be nominated are bona fide Filipinos who have a degree in any engineering course or related sciences and have been actively performing engineering functions in the Philippines for the past ten (10) years. Nominations may be sent to the Manila Water Foundation until July 15, 2015. Successful nominees will move on to the next stages of the search leading up to the awarding ceremony before the year ends.

For more details, log on to or get in touch with the Manila Water Foundation through 917-5900 local 1025/1562 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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