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.
In partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (“DSWD”), the Department of Education (“DepEd”) the Philippine Business for Social Progress and the World Vision Development Foundation, the Company continued its Tulong Aral ng Petron (“Tulong Aral”), a long-term, strategic initiative that helps send poor children to school, keep them there and make sure they learn. Tulong Aral has scholarship programs for elementary, high school and college students.
At the end of 2015, Tulong Aral ng Petron had a total of 2,238 scholars: 944 elementary scholars in 25 partner schools in the National Capitol Region (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Manila, Pasay, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, Parañaque, Taguig, Pateros, Pasig and Las Piñas) and 504 scholars in eight (8) partner schools in Mindanao (Davao, South Cotabato, Iligan, Jimenez, Misamis Oriental and Zamboanga). In 2015, TAP program was extended to Petron’s major facilities with 442 elementary scholars in the Visayas (Bacolod City, Iloilo, Roxas and Tagbilaran) and 348 in Rosario, Cavite and Mabini, Batangas.
The scholars continued to enjoy the benefits of Petron’s send-a-child to school program, including the provision of books, school supplies, shoes and uniforms; daily meal allowances for children, as well as capability building and livelihood programs for parents.
Three hundred seventy (379) elementary and seventy six (76) high school scholars graduated in March 2015. A total of 470 children received scholarships to go to high school in 22 public schools in Metro Manila.
For the school year 2015-2016, Petron sponsored additional 20 college scholars bringing the total number to 61 scholars pursuing different degrees in various academic institutions. Once they graduate, they will have an opportunity to join the Petron family.
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.
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 over 100 Petron schools throughout the country.
We also turned over three (3) Silid Pangarap school buildings for the pre-school and kindergarten level in partnership with AGAPP (Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa) Foundation and San Miguel Foundation. These classrooms also serve as mini-libraries. Since 2011, Petron have so far funded and turned over 22 schools or 44 classrooms in Bataan, Samar, Cavite, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Leyte, Roxas and some parts of Mindanao.
Petron remains a consistent supporter of the annual Brigada Eskwela or National Schools Maintenance Program by DepEd. We continue to engage employee volunteers and business partners to help repair, refurbish, and rehabilitate public schools within their areas of operation.
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.
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 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. Since 2006, YIELD has produced over 1,200 graduates from 11 batches.
Together with National Sales Division, PFI established the Petron Automotive Care Education (ACE). This program will provide free automotive servicing NC-II technical-vocational education to deserving scholars at the Guzman College of Science and Technology. Once they graduate and get TESDA certified, they will be hired to work in Petron Car Care Centers. An initial15 scholars qualified for the first year of the program.
In 2015, Petron Foundation continued its partnership with DepEd and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in improving basic education. Petron continued to make significant investments through its support to Basa Pilipinas (Read Philippines) which aims to improve the reading skills of one million early grades students and provide Technical Assistance to DepEd on the Language and Literacy component for Grades 1 to 3 in Ilocos Region and in Central Visayas. PFI has sponsored the printing of 420,000 copies of Grade 3 level reading books. Apart from meeting its targets, DepEd has been adopting Basa-developed learning materials for nationwide expansion, thus ensuring the long term sustainability of the benefits of the project.
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