PSC renewed our partnership with the Friends of Hope Foundation, to build public school classrooms across the Philippines.
Friends of Hope is a non-profit organization that dedicates 100% of profit from its flagship product – Hope in a Bottle purified drinking water – toward projects to aid the underprivileged. 7-Eleven tops this off with a donation of Php5 for every bottle sold.
In 2019, five classrooms were finished and turned over in Mindanao: one at Cabasaran Elementary School, Marawi on June 11; two at Calonkambing Elementary, Glan, Sarangani on June 19; and two at Sirawan Elementary, Toril, Davao on June 20.
Our second batch of 7-Eleven scholars graduated from certificate courses at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines on August 15, continuing our program to support tenured but financially constrained PSC personnel seeking to complete their education.
2019 was our third year running GNK, a mobile school that provides marginalized children with alternative access to basic education, values formation, and good hygiene practices – following the standards of the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System and the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Early Childhood Care and Development– as well as responsible parenting seminars, medical check-ups, and supplementary feeding.
In partnership with Hallmark Philippines, we held a gift-giving activity on November 29 to benefit our GNK unit in Malolos, Bulacan, which we turned over back in 2017.
Another mobile unit was turned over to the city government of Biñan, Laguna on December 18 – our second in the province, joining our GNK unit in Sta. Rosa.
Working with the local government of the city of Bacolod, we turned over our seventh Every Day Play project on August 30, furthering our goal to develop free, safe, and wholesome playground parks for all young children.
On February 15, PFI received the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Salamat Po Award for our seventh year in a row since 2013, in appreciation for our support of their advocacies, programs, projects, and communications thrust.
The DSWD also renewed our three-year Certificate of Registration, validating our efforts to contribute to the upliftment of poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged sectors of society.
We held simultaneous tree-planting activities across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao on July 11, 7-Eleven Day. The day also marked our company’s proud fourth year of participating in the reforestation endeavors at the ecologically critical Marikina Watershed. PSC employee volunteers joined the caravan alongside Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), planting a total of 1,250 fruit-bearing native seedlings across two hectares. About 2,500 fruit-bearing trees were planted at the Buhisan Watershed in Cebu City, and 1,000 fruitbearing trees at the Davao River Subwatershed in Barangay Malamba, Marilog District, Davao, upholding the linked causes of reforestation and livelihood. Aligned with our 7-Eleven Day celebration, on July 12, we launched the Envi Duty project, a river clean-up drive along Hinulugang Taktak in Antipolo City. We further provided the residents of Hinulugang Taktak and Barangay Dela Paz with an orientation on waste segregation, in tie-up with PBSP.
PFI ensures that 7-Eleven is focused on not only harvesting the fruits of our labor, but also facilitating a fruitful future. Our business is about far more than providing value and satisfaction for our current stakeholders. By caring for the youth and environment – helping them both grow, safe and healthy – we are nurturing the seeds of success for our company, our constituents, our communities, and our country.