Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc.’ (PSFI) new executive director said students must look beyond the technicalities of their skills and consider their impact these days in the development of the society.

Sebastian C. Quiniones, the new PSFI executive director, was in Puerto Princesa City as one of the keynote speakers of the Philippine Oil and Gas Student Summit (POGSS) organized on March 8 by the Student Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SCSPE) of the Palawan State University (PSU).

PSFI was one of the sponsors of the oil and gas summit, which allowed students to discuss key issues related to oil and gas exploration, as well as current energy developments.

During his speech, Quiniones noted that students must learn to embrace and adapt to changes in technology in order to flourish in the current work setting.

“There’s a saying that with great power comes great responsibility… make sure that you utilize it,” said Quiniones.

During his speech, Quiniones discussed and played videos about the PSFI’s initiatives to fight malaria and to provide inclusive help to indigenous peoples and bring forth access to green energy in far-flung island communities.

He said the students are part of nation-building and they must readily accept the responsibility.

“So we consider you part of the team. The team building that we are doing is not only for Shell foundation or for the Malampaya joint venture partners, [but] it is the team Philippines. We consider you part of the team,” said Quiniones.

According to him, the students must learn to work with a heart for the less privileged people and offer what they do to their nation.

Jonas George S. Arcilla, SCSPE adviser, said the theme “Cultivating Progress, Recognizing Our Role in the Energy Industry” is this year’s sole anchor of the summit that was attended by around 350 students of the university.

“May ganito silang activity para mag-invite ng mga professionals from the industry para magkaroon ng mga series of talks para i-orient at the same time i-inspire and then bigyan sila ng idea how the industry is right now and how will they be able to apply what they have learned,” said Arcilla.

Arcilla reiterated the updates given by the speakers will help the students decide what to focus on in their studies.

Meanwhile, Dan Joban G. Rota, a fourth-year Petroleum Engineering student, said the summit encouraged him more to dig deeper in their field of expertise.

He said this is by seeing how the real world looks like after graduation and the opportunities that await them.

“As a student nakakatulong siya lalo na ‘yong talks ng mga professionals kasi marami silang knowledge na shine-share. At the same time may chance din kaming magtanong,” said Rota.