Caltex Popularizes Science, Exposes Poor Kids to Info Tech; Social Workers Tapped

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Caltex Popularizes Science, Exposes Poor Kids to Info Tech; Social Workers Tapped


BATANGAS CITY The public teachers in the province of Batangas, home of the Caltex Batangas Refinery in the Philippines, are not expected to do everything. Half of the job will be done by social workers.

Set against a backdrop of a town fiesta mood, the initial programs for Family Science and Classroom on Wheels were launched at ceremonies at Padre Luna Memorial Elementary School.

Joining Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman and Education Undersecre-taries Juan Miguel Luz and Jose Luis Gascon were schoolchildren, teachers, parents, volunteers from Chevron Texaco and scholars from Lawrence Hall of Science of the University of California at Berkeley in the US; including Manila-based journalists.

A reminiscent of the mobile library or Books to the Barrio mobile program, the modern day, technology friendly Classroom on Wheels project commenced.

The Classroom on Wheels is operated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development with support from Caltex Philippines, a ChevronTexaco subsidiary.

CLASSROOM ON WHEELS

The Classroom on Wheels is a mini bus that brings educational services to out-of-school and other disadvantaged children. It aims to serve an estimated 3,500 children annually throughout the Batangas province.

The vehicle is equipped with a mini-library, a computer and audio-visual aids to improve literacy, skills training and amenities for recreational programs.

It is manned by a social welfare officer and a social welfare assistant.

This is not the first time that Caltex is working with social workers on a community relations project.

CALTEX FUND

For sometime now, the Caltex Fund: Street-to-School Program has been helping address street and other disadvantaged children in the Philippines. Caltex Philippines works with the DSWD to identify beneficiaries, and assists in selecting non-government organizations with solid reputations to shelter and rehabilitate children.

Also in the country is the Caltex Mentor Program. This involves employe volunteers who donate their Saturdays to mentor and tutor public school elementary students in reading. …

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