Social Responsibility

Sharing the Gift of Education

Tulong Aral ng Petron is a long-term and strategic initiative that helps send poor children to school, keep them there, and make sure they learn.

We started Tulong Aral in 2002 to give scholars the opportunity to complete elementary education. It has since provided scholarships to top scholars in high school and college.

  • Tulong Aral Ng Petron

    Tulong Aral scholars are enrolled from Grades 1 to 6 in partner schools in the National Capital Region (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Manila, Pasay, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, Parañaque, Taguig, Pateros, Pasig and Las Piñas) and in the Mindanao region (Davao, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Iligan, Misamis Oriental and Zamboanga).

    Our scholars enjoy benefits, including the provision of books, school supplies and uniforms as well as daily meal allowances. We also give capability building and livelihood programs for their parents.

    Our partners in Tulong Aral include the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Education (DepEd), with World Vision Development Foundation in implementing the program. Our partnership with SM Retail, Inc. allows for the efficient distribution of school supplies to the scholars.

    Support programs for Tulong Aral include the conduct of mentoring sessions for scholars by students from the Ateneo de Manila High School.

  • Tulong Aral High School Scholarship

    Petron is supporting the education of its top Tulong Aral elementary graduates through secondary school under the Tulong Aral High School Scholarship Program, a partnership among DepEd, DSWD, and Land Bank of the Philippines.

    The program is being implemented for Petron by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), with the Philippine Psychology and Research Training House providing the research and training component.

    To further their scholars' development, PFI and PBSP conduct a series of one-day leadership and life skills workshop "The Best U Can Be" to better prepare them for their graduation from high school. Employee volunteers from Petron and Land Bank help facilitate the learning sessions.

  • Tulong Aral College Scholarship
    Through the Tulong Aral College Scholarship, Petron makes ten scholarship slots each in a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, a Bachelor's degree in a four-year course relevant to Petron's business, and a Technical/Vocational course for Tulong Aral seniors who qualify in the schools' admissions procedures.

    We see this as the next step in our road map for an integrated poverty alleviation strategy, with the college scholars eventually earning an opportunity to be employed in Petron.
  • Petron Schools

    With a dearth of classrooms in the country, we build Petron schools to give children access to venues for learning, especially in the most remote areas in the Philippines.

    Starting in 2002, we have put up and inaugurated Petron schools in the following locations:

    • Misamis Oriental
    • Davao City
    • Zamboanga City
    • Basilan
    • Bataan
    • Sarangani
    • Mandaue City
    • Iligan City
    • Jimenez
    • Nasipit
    • Tawi-Tawi
    • Sultan sa Barongis and Datu Paglas in Maguindanao

    A partnership with the United States Agency for International Development/Philippines (USAID) has allowed for the construction and repair of classrooms in Region 9, Region 12, and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. By the end of 2011, we were able to build a total of 108 new classrooms or 59 two-classroom USAID-Petron Schools, furnished with comfort rooms, student desks, teacher's tables and chairs, bookshelves and wall fans and refurbished 480 existing ones, or 588 classrooms in all.

    Another partnership with USAID, under the International Youth Foundation-Education and Livelihood Skills Assistance 2 (IYF-ELSA2), is the Educators Professional Development Program. It was implemented under the International Youth Foundation-Education and Livelihood Skills Alliance (ELSA) composed of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Ayala Foundation, and Consuelo Foundation. Through this large-scale capability building program for teaching English, Science and Math covering Region 12, we are able to train nearly 4,500 elementary school teachers through our partnership with the International Youth Foundation, under ELSA and Notre Dame of Marbel University in Koronadal City. Furthermore, 278 school administrators were given support through management and leadership trainings.

  • Brigada Eskwela
    Petron continues to be an active participant in the annual Brigada Eskwela or National Schools Maintenance Program by DepEd. We have engaged volunteers to help repair, refurbish, and rehabilitate public schools within their areas of operation.
  • Reading Programs
    Together with Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation (SAS), we build a nation of readers. SAS works with public schools all over the country, providing resources to motivate Grade 4 students to make reading a part of their daily lives. A parallel effort, the Petron Gurong Kaakbay Conference, helps sustain the reading program and focuses on enabling public school teachers to serve as reading advocates and change agents. The program offers additional in-depth training and support for groups of highly motivated teachers from partner schools. Enrichment Workshops, a component program of Petron Gurong Kaakbay, are conducted to further the learning of teachers and principals.
  • Entrepreneurship Education
    Our contribution to sharing the gift of education continues to extend to the secondary and tertiary levels, with entrepreneurial education as its focus.

    High School Level: Through the Youth in Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development or YIELD program, third year students of Muntinlupa Business High School (MBHS) undertake a 240-hour on-the-job training at Petron service stations. Their training includes learning the ropes in operations at the forecourt and back office, as well as the rudiments of food service and business in the service station locators. Their knowledge is enhanced by skills and values learned from weekly reflection sessions conducted among their fellow trainees.
    College Level: The Junior Achievement Philippines, Inc. (JAPI) mini-company is a program on enterprise education, where participating university students undergo training on managing a company—from the time it is organized until its dissolution. Petron employees serve as JAPI advisers for marketing, production, and finance. The program, which begins in August and ends in March, has the equivalent of six units in the schools' curriculum.