Education & Skills Development

Sanayan sa Kakayahang Industriyal (1983-present)

Sanayan sa Kakayahang Industriyal (SKIL) was a fitting response to the widespread unemployment problem amongst productive youth and the growing demand for middle-level craftsmen here and overseas. It benefits deserving out-of-school youths trained in various technical courses such as Welding, Structural Pipefitting; Small Engine, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Repair; Automotive Mechanics; Food & Beverage Servicing; and other technical-vocational courses.

SKIL scholars are trained in technical schools accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. After completing in-school courses, SKIL scholars render apprenticeship under the supervision of partner enterprises in key industries and are often given opportunities to be hired for regular posts.

Gas Mo, Bukas Ko (2007-present)

Gas Mo, Bukas Ko (GMBK) is a programme collaboration among Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) Retail, Shell Dealers led by the Association of Pilipinas Shell Dealers, Inc. (APSDI), and PSFI. Its main priority is to provide a better future for retail stations’ neighbouring communities through capacity-building programmes; these programmes shall enhance the employable and livelihood skills of the GMBK scholars as well as develop their values and character.

GMBK is a modified SKIL programme. Like SKIL, GMBK hopes to provide opportunities to the youth through technical-vocational scholarships in the hope of enhancing their employability.

Most of the graduates of GMBK have remained with Shell, many of whom are now holding managerial and supervisory positions.

Unlad sa Pasada (2010-present)

Unlad sa Pasada (USP) is another collaboration between PSFI and PSPC Retail. It is a programme designed for loyal members of the Pepeng Pasada Club, PSPC Retail’s loyalty programme for jeepney drivers and other public utility drivers. It hopes to return the support of Shell’s loyal customers by committing to improve the capacities of their dependents through free education in various industrial and entrepreneurial skills.


Driver Reward and Incentive Program (2010-present)

In 2010, PSFI, PSPC Distribution Road Transport Group, and Shell contracted haulers teamed up to provide technical and vocational skills training catering to Class A drivers, dispatchers, safety officers, mechanics, and their dependents.   

Class A drivers perform a critical role in transporting Shell fuels across the country. The Driver Reward and Incentive Program (DRIVE) aims to support them in bettering their lives through education and by enhancing their opportunities for sustainable employment.

Shell-PhilDev Scholarship (2013-present)

Created out of the firm desire to support the Filipino youth in pursuing studies in science and engineering, the Shell-PhilDev Scholarship provides opportunities for them to innovate and create technologies, products, and services that can compete in the global markets and stimulate further economic growth for the Philippines.

In partnership with The Philippine S&T Development Foundation-Manila (PhilDev), Shell, through PSFI, has supported scholars since 2013.

Health, Sanitation, and Safety

Kilusan Ligtas Malaria/Movement Against Malaria (1999-present)

PSFI gained its experience in implementing a malaria programme when it co-implemented with the Provincial Government of Palawan the province-wide malaria programme, Kilusan Ligtas Malaria (KLM) in 1999. Putting its community organizing experience to good use and through funds from Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (SPEX) and its Malampaya Joint Venture partners, PSFI worked with the Provincial Health Office and the Department of Health Regional Office to organize and mobilize 344 villages in setting up a community-based malaria control programme. 

The accomplishments of PSFI and its partners in implementing KLM in Palawan paved the way for PSFI becoming the Principal Recipient of a grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in 2006. Dubbed the Movement Against Malaria (MAM), the programme has expanded its coverage from 5 to 40 endemic provinces by 2010 and decreased to 13 by 2015. 

The sustained private-public partnerships in malaria control has resulted to an 87% reduction in the total number of cases and 96% reduction in deaths due to malaria in the country in 2016 compared to the 2003 baseline. 

Through the national and local-level partnerships forged through MAM, the Philippines has achieved the Millennium Development Goal target for malaria in 2015 as early as 2008. 

Philippine Business Sector Response to HIV/AIDS (2009-present)

PSFI, together with partners from the government, business sector, and multilateral organizations, founded the Philippine Business Sector Response (PBSR) to HIV/AIDS in 2009 as a response to the growing HIV epidemic in the country. 

PBSR seeks to catalyse workplace-based interventions through a private sector-led initiative in an effort to help curb HIV among workplace actors. 

PBSR engages CEOs, management, workers, and representatives in its advocacy and training programs (components: HIV 101 sessions, peer education training, trainers’ training, and workplace policy writing workshops targeting focal points of enterprises).

Road Safety Programme (2007-present)

PSFI launched the Road Safety (RS) Programme in 2007 to reduce the cases of Filipino drivers’ lack of knowledge in defensive driving and commuters’ and pedestrians’ indifference in proper road conduct and behaviour. 

The RS workshops include the following modules:  Our Roads, Pedestrian Safety, Commuter Safety, Bicycle Safety, General Road Conduct, and Motorcycle Safety. 

The workshops are conducted in different elementary and high schools in Pandacan and Batangas to ensure that the students, as well as their parents, know proper road behaviour.

Junior Fire Marshal (2012-present)

As a social development programme initially implemented in Batangas and adopted in Palawan in 2016, JFM has been educating and moulding children as well as adults to become advocates not only of fire safety and prevention, but of safety as a whole – at home, in school, and in the community. 

Program components: JFM Camp, Campus Camp, Fire Safety Olympics, and JFM Camp for Senior Scouts

Livelihood and Enterprise

Livelihood and Enterprise Development

Sanayan sa Kakayahang Agrikultura (1985-2013)

The Sanayan sa Kakayahang Agrikultura (SAKA) was created in 1985, two years after SKIL was launched. It is offered to sons and daughters of farming families with small land holdings. As an agricultural skills training programme, it is designed to improve farm productivity and management of either lowland or upland farming. It is also intended to help alter the stigma placed in farming, and the lack of interest of young people to invest their future in the farm.

Integrated Farming Bio-systems (1989-present)

STF espouses the Integrated Farming Bio-systems (IFBS) designed to promote sustainable benefits of crop production and animal agro-forestry, conversion of farm wastes into bio-organic fertilizers with microbial inoculants, and farm entrepreneurship. It also addresses farm problems on soil erosion, fishpond water and soil pollution, and the high cost of inputs like fertilizers, pesticides, and seeds.

Shell Training Farms

Shell Training Farms (STFs) were established to help increase agricultural yields and address the plight of marginalised farmers by demonstrating the latest agricultural technologies and most sustainable practices in agriculture.

PSFI programmes on Integrated Farming Bio-Systems, Sanayan sa Kakayahang Pangangalakal, and Community Skills and Accreditation Program are also taught in STFs.

Today, only STF-Bombon and STF-Pililla (Rizal) remain operational.

Sanayan sa Kakayahang Pangangalakal (1994-present)

Sanayan sa Kakayahang Pangangalakal (SKP) provides residents in poverty-stricken areas the technical assistance and access to microcredit necessary to establish and expand small enterprises. As such, SKP helps improve income, especially in areas where employment opportunities are limited.

Social Development Programmes


The Batangas social development programme (SDP) is geared towards helping the communities surrounding the Shell Tabangao Refinery and the Malampaya Onshore Gas Plant in the province. It seeks to help Tabangao, Ambulong, Libjo, San Isidro, and Malitam (TALIM) barangays develop self-reliance and self-sufficiency to address their needs in employment, livelihood and enterprise development, health and safety, and other basic social concerns.


The Pandacan Expanded Assistance for Community Empowerment (PEACE) is a comprehensive SDP implemented in the fenceline communities of Shell Pandacan terminal. It aims to generate employment, provide livelihood opportunities, develop skills through education, conserve the environment, promote health and safety, and enhance capacities of partner community groups.


The Palawan SDP sprung out of the successful implementation of Kilusan Ligtas Malaria (KLM). With KLM as the springboard programme, PSFI introduced other programmes to support the Palaweños and increase their capacities for taking care of their own welfare, apart from health.

Today, the Palawan SDP covers health, livelihood and entrepreneurship, support to indigenous peoples, environmental conservation, sustainable tourism, and emergency response.


A comprehensive social development programme was implemented by PSFI for the Pasacao depot in 2004-2005 intended to widen stakeholder base and manage expectations from the local government. To re-establish relations with the LGU and help alleviate extreme poverty in the area after Typhoon Reming (international name: Durian), PSFI re-launched the Pasacao SDP in 2007. In coordination with the Pasacao municipal government, PSFI adopted short, project-based interventions focused on addressing concerns of livelihood and employment, waste management, capacity building, and emergency response.


The Tacloban SDP is a partnership among the Shell Anibong Depot, PSFI, and the City Government of Tacloban, together with the local barangays (69&70); it is a response to the expressed needs of the community in areas concerning employment generation and skills development, livelihood and enterprise development; health, safety, and environment.

Leadership Enhancement

Leadership Enhancement and Attitude Development (1982-present)

PSFI believes that in order for its beneficiaries to make optimal use of various programme interventions and new learnings, they must have a good hold of their self-concept and self-worth so that they may become confident to succeed in their respective endeavours.  

PSFI conducts the Leadership Enhancement and Attitude Development (LEAD) Workshop for all youth scholars and also for its other beneficiaries including teachers, homemakers, farmers, and health workers.  

LEAD is a three-day live-in event which aims to develop the socio-emotional and interpersonal competencies of beneficiaries.  

LEAD helps build participants’ confidence to face life’s challenges and provides redirection of their values acquired from varying backgrounds and cultures; it allows them to visualize their dreams and make plans for the next three to five years.

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