Education & Skills Development

A SKIL scholar on the job

Sanayan sa Kakayahang Industriyal (SKIL) (1983-present)

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-vocational courses such as Automotive Servicing, Welding, Pipefitting, Basic Computing, Food & Beverage Servicing; and Small Engine, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Repair.

SKIL scholars are trained in technical schools accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. Thereafter, they undergo apprenticeship training under the supervision of PSFI's partner enterprises in key industries and are often given opportunities to be hired for regular posts.

A GMBK scholar

Gas Mo, Bukas Ko (GMBK) (2007-present)

GMBK is a programme collaboration among Shell Pilipinas Corporation-Retail, Shell Dealers led by the Association of Pilipinas Shell Dealers, Inc., and PSFI. It aims to provide a better future for Shell station staff through technical-vocational trainings.

GMBK scholars take up courses offered by training partners, all of which are accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. Course offerings include Automotive Servicing, Computer Hardware Servicing, Motorcycle Repair, Welding, Basic Computer, Bookkeeping, Electronics, and Food & Beverage Servicing.

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

A USP scholar meticulously doing some repair work

Unlad sa Pasada (USP) (2010-present)

USP is a programme for members of Pepeng Pasada Club, Shell Pilipinas Corporation (SPC) - Retail group’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.

USP scholars are provided opportunities to learn and hone their skills on technical-vocational courses such as Automotive Servicing, Computer Hardware Servicing, Motorcycle Repair, Welding, Basic Computer, Bookkeeping, Electronics, and Food & Beverage Servicing. They are then referred to PSFI’s industry partners for internship and possible employment.

Three DRIVE scholars during their training

Driver Reward and Incentive Programme (DRIVE) (2010-present)

PSFI, Shell Pilipinas Corporation (SPC) Distribution-Road Transport Group, and Shell contracted haulers teamed up to provide technical-vocational skills training to Class A drivers, dispatchers, safety officers, mechanics, and their dependents through the Driver Reward and Incentive Programme (DRIVE). It aims to support them in bettering their lives through enhancing their opportunities for sustainable employment.

Technical-vocational course offerings include Automotive Servicing, Computer Hardware Servicing, Welding, Basic Computer, Bookkeeping, and Food & Beverage Servicing.

DRIVE scholars are referred to PSFI’s industry partners for internship and possible employment.

A Shell-PhilDev scholar sharing her insights during the mentoring session

Shell-PhilDev Scholarship Programme (2013-present)

PSFI, in partnership with the Philippine S&T Development Foundation – Manila, Inc. (PhilDev), has been supporting scholars taking up Science and Engineering courses from various schools all over the country since 2013. The scholarship aims to help Filipino youth in pursuing their studies, enabling them to innovate and create technologies, products, and services that can compete in the global markets and stimulate further economic growth for the Philippines.

Health, Sanitation, and Safety

Movement Against Malaria (MAM) (1999-present)

PSFI co-implemented Kilusan Ligtas Malaria (KLM), a malaria prevention and control programme, with the Provincial Government of Palawan in 1999. The successful implementation of the programme led PSFI to receive a grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in 2006. Dubbed the Movement Against Malaria (MAM), the programme expanded its coverage from 5 to 40 endemic provinces by 2010 and due to favorable results, decreased to 13 by 2015.

The sustained private-public partnership in malaria control resulted in 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. And through the national and local-level partnerships forged through MAM, the Philippines achieved the Millennium Development Goal 2015 target for malaria as early as 2008.

MAM and PSFI accomplishments

Malaria cases and deaths graph

A PBSR volunteer taking a blood sample

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

PSFI, together with partners from the government, business sector, and multilateral organisations, founded the Philippine Business Sector Response to HIV/AIDS (PBSR) 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 programmes (components: HIV 101 Sessions, Peer Education Training, Trainers’ Training, and Workplace Policy Writing Workshops targeting focal points of enterprises).

An RS mentor teaching children the proper way of crossing the street

Road Safety (RS) (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 to ensure that students, as well as their parents, know proper road behaviour.

JFM participants undergoing fire safety training

Junior Fire Marshal (JFM) (2012-present)

Junior Fire Marshal (JFM) was launched in 2012, spearheaded by Shell Pilipinas Corporation and PSFI.

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

A SKIL scholar carrying a bag of greens

Sanayan sa Kakayahang Agrikultura (SAKA) (1985-2013)

SAKA, offered to sons and daughters of farming families with small land holdings, was an agricultural skills training programme designed to improve farm productivity and management of either lowland or upland farming. It was 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.

IFBS beneficiary reaping the fruits of his labor

Integrated Farming Bio-Systems (IFBS) (1989-present)

To update farmers on the latest environment-friendly and organic farming technologies, PSFI introduced Integrated Farming Bio-Systems (IFBS) designed to promote the sustainable benefits of crop production and animal agro-forestry, conversion of farm wastes into bio-organic fertilisers with microbial inoculants, and farm entrepreneurship. The programme also aims to increase farmers’ produce and income with low-cost farm inputs.

Training modules are elective based on the needs and interests of participants; among which are Soil Fertility Management, Restructuring and Conservation, Organic Fertiliser Production, Agroforestry, Crop and Animal Production, Farm Planning, and Entrepreneurship.

Besides updating farmers’ skills, IFBS also provides agriculture-based livelihood training to farmers’ spouses and dependents.

*IFBS training sessions are usually conducted in Shell Training Farms in Bombon, Camarines Sur and Pililla, Rizal.

SKP participants in a selling simulation

Sanayan sa Kakayahang Pangangalakal (SKP) (1994-present)

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.

PSFI also proceeded to develop its own innovative training modules to impart business principles in the simplest means.

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.

*Due to the Pandacan terminal shutdown, PEACE culminated in 2016.


The Palawan SDP sprung out of the successful implementation of Movement Against Malaria (MAM). With MAM 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, access to energy, 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

A Shell-PhilDev scholar sharing his work with his groupmates during the LEAD Workshop

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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