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Shell Helps Create Opportunities for Unlad sa Pasada scholars
The first batch of Unlad sa Pasada graduates pose with (2nd row, l-r) Pilipinas Shell Retail District Manager - South Luzon Chris Alli, Payment & Loyalty Manager Pantisha Lekhavata, PSFI Executive Director Edgar Veron Cruz, Unlad sa Pasada Program Officer Marifel Somera and PSFI Psychometrician Erwin Orden.
Shell’s Unlad sa Pasada is a nationwide scholarship program for the dependents of active members of the Shell Pepeng Pasada Club (PPC) implemented by Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc (PSFI). The Shell Unlad sa Pasada scholars’ graduation ceremony was held on November 19, 2012 at Shell House, Makati City.
“The Shell Pepeng Pasada Club (PPC) cares for its members in the transport sector, and caters as well to the needs of their family members. This is the only program of its kind in the Shell companies globally and I’m proud to be part of it,” said Pilipinas Shell Payment and Loyalty (PayLo) Manager Pantisha Lekhavata. “It clearly reflects the Filipino value of ‘bayanihan’and a manifestation of Shell’s belief in empowering the youth today for our future.”
Shell Pepeng Pasada’s benefits to transport sector
Established over a decade ago, Shell Pepeng Pasada Club aims to strengthen Shell’s customer ownership among Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers while improving their lives in the process.
Upon purchase of Shell products, each Shell PPC member earns points that get reflected in the Loyalty system. An active member, with an average basket size of 200 litres of fuel per month, will be eligible to receive the “S.I.R.” benefits (Scholarship, Insurance and Rewards). Under the scholarship benefit, Shell PPC offers capacity-building programs that enhance the skills and employability of the members’ underprivileged beneficiaries. The Insurance benefit, on the other hand, enables members to get free accident insurance which covers claims for partial and permanent disability and death. The Rewards, meantime, benefit allows members to exchange their points for items such as home appliances, gadgets and PPC driver apparels like t-shirts, umbrellas, among others.
Unlad sa Pasada is designed to increase the Filipino youth’s productivity to contribute to nation-building. “In helping yourself, you also improve your community,” affirmed Pilipinas Shell’s South Luzon District Manager Chris Alli. “Blessings don’t come easily. You have to work hard for them, but I can see that each of you have enough patience and determination to get whatever you aspire to achieve in life.
Outstanding Unlad sa Pasada scholar Jovellmar Olivarez, said, “I thank Shell for giving us the opportunity to have a brighter future. I now believe that any dream, no matter how high, is possible to reach. Thanks to Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc.’s (PSFI) constant guidance and support. If it were not for Unlad sa Pasada, my life would probably still have no direction.” Jovellmar shared that his long working hours and almost 4-hour commute from his residence in Imus, Cavite to the Unlad sa Pasada training centre in Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City, did not hinder his determination and diligence to achieve his goal in completing his courses. “Aside from the skills, I learned how to communicate with people and have confidence in myself,” he said.
Meanwhile, PSFI Executive Director Edgar Veron Cruz expressed his pride for the first batch of Unlad sa Pasada scholars and encouraged them to take on the challenges of life head-on. “The program [Unlad sa Pasada] is really no different from Sanayan sa Kakayahang Industriyal (SKIL) and the other Shell programs that are meant to make the disadvantaged lead better lives…But programs like this can only be stepping stones and nothing more. Your life is how you make it to be. It depends on you to either fight for or give-up on your dreams. Today only marks the beginning of your achieving what you want to be in life,” Veron Cruz said.
Pilipinas Shell’s partner-institutions that made Shell Pepeng Pasada Club’s Unlad sa Pasada program possible include Don Bosco Technical Institute, STI College Cubao, Marikina Polytechnic University and Quezon City Lingkod Bayan Skills Development Centre.
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Roberto S. Kanapi
Vice-President for Communications & Government Relations
Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation
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