Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, funded the purchase and installation of solar panels for the San Pablo Apostol Parish (SPAP) in Tondo, Manila.
According to Chevron, the donation was the single largest corporate donation for this pilot project.
The project aims to help the parish lower its electricity costs and reduce its carbon footprint. The savings from power bills will be used to further expand SPAP’s poverty alleviation, education, and feeding programs.
Chevron’s donation was made through the Bakhita Canossa Foundation Inc., the congregation’s official foundation handling projects such as youth development, livelihood, and feeding programs.
SPAP parish priest Rev. Fr. Rey Daguitera, FdCC, expressed his gratitude and shared how the project will impact the church’s overall spending. “We started a feeding project in 2017 that has since evolved into a livelihood and education program for more than 50 Tondo students and parents. With the solar panels installed, our monthly electricity bill of P80,000 can be reduced to zero. The P13,000 monthly payment will go to amortize the portion of the project cost which is financed by Sasonbi Inc., which installed the solar panels. Whatever we save will go directly to our social programs. This means we can help more students attain a better future,” he said.