Phoenix Philippines Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of leading independent oil company, Phoenix Petroleum, joined families and friends of 3,319 kindergartens from various schools nationwide as it supported their moving up to grade one from March 28 to April 5, 2018.
The youngsters were from 14 Phoenix-adopted schools located in Batangas, Calapan, Manila, Aklan, Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao City.
Since 2009, Phoenix Philippines Foundation has been helping Filipino youths get started on life by allowing them to study for free through its Adopt-A-School program. From its first adopted school— Vicente Hizon Elementary School in Davao City—the program has now expanded to 23 public schools nationwide—six in Luzon, seven in Visayas, and 10 in Mindanao. Phoenix shoulders the monthly salaries of the schools’ pre-school teachers and donates books for their libraries, enabling pre-schoolers to study for free.
Phoenix has also built Phoenix Libraries in various schools across the country equipped with books, tables, chairs, and other learning materials.
Before the start of each school year, Phoenix employees help welcome the students to clean and refurbished classrooms by joining the foundation’s annual Brigada Eskwela program.
The company has also supported out-of-school youths, the unemployed, and those seeking to learn new skills, through the Alternative Learning System. ALS is a free livelihood education program of the Department of Education, implemented with the support of institutions like Phoenix.
With two ALS schools—F. Bangoy Central Elementary School in Davao City and the Banisil Central Elementary School in General Santos City—Phoenix helps fuel the dreams of more Filipinos by sponsoring the salaries of instructors, providing training facilities and equipment, and allowing students to study various courses for free such as welding, plumbing, electrical installation, maintenance, computer servicing, and beauty culture and hairstyling.
Education is one of the thrusts of Phoenix Philippines Foundation and, over the years, it has helped Pinoys by providing them with sustainable livelihood opportunities.