Through Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation’s (PSPC) partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Panahiang Pangkabuhayan sa Pandancan (Triple P) has helped positively impact the lives of individuals who wanted to earn additional income. The project provided the beneficiaries opportunities to hone their skills in sewing and small enterprise management.
Last April 11 at Barangay 830’s renovated multipurpose hall in Pandacan, Manila, the Triple P Turnover Ceremony was held. With the conclusion of this event, PSFI will no longer be involved in the management of activities and resources of Triple P, confident that the project can thrive with the workers solely in charge of the enterprise. It was a momentous event that marked the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one. As Kagawad Inday said in her message, “We don’t like to accept it as closing; this will be a beginning.”
Present in the ceremony were the key people behind the success of Triple P. Welcoming everyone with his words of positivity and encouragement, Jay Javier, Programme Development Manager of PSFI, pointed out the significance of having a vision for success. In addition, the Downstream Social Performance Adviser of PSPC, Jeanette Barretto, focused on the importance of attitude, commitment, teamwork, and sustainability. She also encouraged the Triple P workers to give their best and make sure to produce quality work every time.
Representing DOLE was Leonides Castillon, Director II – Manila Field Office. He mentioned that when PSFI proposed a partnership with DOLE in 2007 for Triple P, he did not think twice about accepting the proposal. In his message, he stressed out the role of fellowship in success and that the workers should always prioritize group over individual interest. Moreover, he said it is a challenge to the workers on how the business will take its course. Hence, they should be determined to keep it going and growing.
An entertaining song and dance performance prepared by the Triple P community served to dampen what would have been a tearful ceremony and turned the occasion to one of hopeful and merry work ahead. One of the songs they sang was If We Hold on Together. Indeed, if they hold on together, their dreams will never die. Despite having a bigger responsibility, their drive to foster what they have should always reign supreme.
By Rachael Nathanielsz
Published on PSFI news magazine October 2016 issue