(L-R) SINAG project officer Antero "Yoyon' Rebueno; PSFI program manager for field operations Aquino "Benny" Veran, and former ISIP project officer Edilberto "Edong" Magpayo with the "Silver Anvil Awards" during the Public Relations Society of the Philippines' (PRSP) 54th Anvil Gabi ng Parangal on January 30, 2019, in at the Marriot Grand Ballroom, Newport Boulevard, Pasay City, Manila. (Photo courtesy of PSFI Palawan)

Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc.’ (PSFI) initiatives in Palawan to provide inclusive help to its indigenous peoples (IPs) and bring forth access to green energy in far-flung island communities received silver awards in the 54th Anvil Awards recently held in Manila.

Presented annually by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), the Anvil recognized PSFI Palawan’s ISIP (Integrated Support to Indigenous People) and SINAG (Save, Invest, Nurture Access to Green Energy) with “Silver Anvil Awards” for helping address present-day issues with excellent professional skills, creativity, and resourcefulness.

PSFI Palawan’s research, information, and communications officer Jeri Abenoja said Friday that January 30 was the second time both programs were recognized with the silver awards by the PRSP’s Anvil.

Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) Palawan program manager Marvi Trudeau (left side, in yellow long sleeves, raising her hand) sit with the children of Sitio Binaluan, Liminangcong coastal village in Taytay in November 2018 for the lighting of their solar-powered Christmas tree. The coastal community is a beneficiary of the Save, Invest, Nurture Access to Green Energy and Technologies (SINAG) program under the global theme Access to Energy (A2E). (Photo courtesy of PSFI Palawan)

They were received from the Anvil’s “Gabi ng Parangal” at the Marriot Grand Ballroom, Newport Boulevard, Pasay City, by former ISIP project officer Edilberto “Edong” Magpayo, SINAG project officer Antero “Yoyon’ Rebueno, and Aquino “Benny” Veran, PSFI’s program manager for Field Operations.

“The awards are a recognition of all our passion and efforts, and they inspire us to do more, to power progress in Palawan,” Abenoja said.

SINAG, which started in 2014, now has 3,316 beneficiaries.

Abenoja said it is a community program that provides access to green energy so school children can study at night, basket and mat weaving that can be continued even after sundown, and support to local fisherfolk for storing catch of the day before they are transported to the marketplaces, among others.

“SINAG also ensures sustainability through electric associations and providing electrical maintenance training. Such program goes back to the PSFI’s vision of enabling the disadvantaged to become productive and responsible members of the society,” he pointed out.

The ISIP program, which also started in 2014, has a total of 2,022 beneficiaries, said Magpayo.

He said it was recognized for its effort in “working and developing self-reliant communities of IPs”, which proves that there is a need to continue to embrace community initiative programs for the people of Palawan.”

ISIP’s components are education, livelihood, and health, which provides an alternative learning system for the IPs in their communities, strengthen their capacity and manpower for their handicraft-making and integrated farming bio-system (IFBS), and support for the IPs to become self-reliant on health.

“Sa pamamagitan ng ALS  ng ISIP, natututo silang magbasa, magsulat, at magbilang para sila bigyan ng kaalaman. Tumutulong ang ISIP na ma-strengthen ang kanilang pamumuhay at ma-empower sila para lumago ang kalidad ng mga produktong handicrafts like native baskets and bamboo straws,” Magpayo said.

(Through ISIP’s ALS, they learn how to read, write, and count to gain knowledge. ISIP has also helped strengthen their capacities to empower them and to improve the quality of their handicraft products like native baskets and bamboo straws.)

The PSFI is the social arm of Shell companies in the Philippines (SciP), “a pioneer in pursuing best practice projects that respond to the needs of Shell worksites and host communities.”

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