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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA1274
2009-06-15 08:12
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Manila

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UNCLAS MANILA 001274

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/EP
STATE FOR EEB/EPPD NSMITH-NISSLEY
STATE PASS EXIM, OPIC AND USTR
TREASURY FOR OASIA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BEXP EINV ELAB ETRD KSEP SENV RP
SUBJECT: NOMINATION FOR CORPORATE EXCELLENCE AWARD: CHEVRON PHILIPPINES INC.

REF: 1)STATE 51406 2)STATE 34898

NOMINATION
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¶1. Post is pleased to nominate Chevron Philippines Incorporated in
the large enterprise category for the 2009 Award for Corporate
Excellence in recognition of its significant contributions to the
Philippines over the past 90 years. Chevron began operations in the
Philippines in 1917, making it one of the oldest and largest
American investors in the Philippines with an estimated $489 million
of utilized capital. The Texas Company merged with Standard Oil of
California (later named Chevron) to create Caltex in 1936. In the
Philippines, Chevron provides direct or indirect employment for over
18,000 people. The company’s Batangas refinery was the first
petroleum refinery in the Philippines. The company is a leader in
innovative environmental and social practices, and has shown
significant commitment to forging coalitions to enhance the
communities in which it operates.

Contribution to Local Economic Development
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¶2. As a pioneer in community-based projects focused on education,
health, environmental safety, and livelihood and development,
Chevron Philippines has an established partnership with the local
community to promote sustainable development. The company
encourages its partners to be accountable and share in the project’s
success.

¶3. Chevron’s Community Engagement program is focused on youth
involvement, education, and self-empowerment. The Caltex Fund
program demonstrates a successful public-private partnership between
Chevron and the Philippines Department of Social Welfare and
Development. This program works with over 20 non-governmental
organizations that provide shelter, education, and financial
assistance to street children and disadvantaged youth.

¶4. The Caltex Fund Livelihood Program trains migrant youth in
baking and marketing to expand their employment opportunities.
Graduates of the program train other youth. With the success of
training 420 youth in Makati, Caltex expanded to General Santos
City, where 45 youth and children in conflict with the law have been
trained. In the past year, the program has generated three new
bakeshops and helped start a college fund. In partnership with
other programs, it provides training in General Santos City for
out-of-school youth in welding services and small engine repair. Of
the 180 graduates of the mechanic program, 82 percent are now
employed or have their own business. These programs contribute to
local economic development by expanding employment opportunities for
the least advantaged Philippine youth. Job creation in General
Santos, Mindanao helps promote regional stability, since it is in a
conflict area of the Philippines where disengaged youth may be
susceptible to terrorist recruitment.

Contribution to Rule of Law
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¶5. Chevron Geothermal is a member of the Philippine Renewable
Energy Coalition that supported the Renewable Energy Act approved by
the Philippine Congress in December 2008. This law created a more
favorable regulatory environment level for renewable energy sources
and supports the Philippine goal of energy security.

Good Corporate Citizenship
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¶6. Driven by its commitment to the social and economic well-being
of Filipinos, Chevron supports projects that address basic human
needs, education, small business development, and the environment.
To help fight tuberculosis in the Philippines, the company donated
$5 million to the Tropical Disease Foundation, a Philippine private,
non-profit institution that offers research and training on
infectious diseases. The Foundation project involves advocacy and
communication that aims for a 50% tuberculosis mortality reduction
rate by 2010 and substantially increased case detection and
treatment success rates. The Philippines is ranked ninth of
countries with the highest tuberculosis burden.

¶7. The Caltex Mentor Program Drive to Literacy enables Chevron
employees to volunteer in public schools, and teach classes in
reading, mathematics, science, and computer proficiency. Employees
also volunteer to help the “School Brigade”, a collaborative effort
between local government, non-government associations, and private
corporations. Their work supports maintenance of public school
classrooms in partnership with the Philippine Department of
Education.
PHILIPPINES INC.

Responsible Environmental Stewardship and Practices
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¶8. Chevron Philippines has long been a responsible steward of the
environment and constructive partner in the Philippine communities
in which it operates. In 2006, prior to a government mandate, the
company became the first oil company to offer biodiesel in all its
stations in the Philippines. The year 2008 marked the launch of
Chevron Philippines’ bio-ethanol gasoline, which is available in
over one hundred sites in major Philippine cities. Chevron
Geothermal’s innovative technologies have propelled the Philippines
to become the world’s second-largest producer of geothermal energy.
These large-scale clean energy projects help diminish dependence on
imported fossil fuels.

¶9. Chevron’s support for multiple environmental conservation
projects has helped preserve and protect the unique biological
treasures of the Philippines. The Philippine Eagle Foundation has
helped restore the population and habitat of this endangered
national symbol. Project Seahorse conserves and promotes
sustainable management of marine biodiversity in the Danajon Bank
Double Barrier Reef, the only double barrier reef in the Philippines
and one of only three such sites in the Indo-Pacific. The two-year
program promotes coastal law enforcement involving fishing
communities, local governments, and the private sector. Chevron is
also the primary sponsor of the Caltex Good Roots program which
provides livelihood training in agro-forestry and preserves through
technology transfer to farming communities in Pagudpud, Ilocos
Norte; Lobo, Batangas; Pugo, La Union; and Baguio City. Chevron has
contributed materials to 794 farming families to plant more than
505,000 fruit and forest tree seedlings.

KENNEY

   

 

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