Editorial: Shell Philippines' 100 years of doing business in the Philippines

Shell Philippines is gearing up to mark this year the Centenary of its presence in the Philippines, with the theme “Isang Daan Tungo sa Kinabukasan.” From a small trading firm formed in 1914 to sell kerosene for Filipino household use, Shell Philippines has grown to be a leader in the power, energy, and gas technology sectors worldwide and is today a part of the Philippine national life. Its business principle is anchored on core values of honesty, integrity, and respect for people.

Shell Philippines’ parent company Shell Global also began as a small shop selling antiques and later seashells nearly 200 years ago in London, but has since grown into one of the world’s major energy and petrochemical companies.

In celebrating its Centennial, Shell Philippines will be holding programs to highlight its vital role in the country’s economic and business history. It is hosting the 2014 Shell-Ecomarathon Asia showcasing technology cars designed by student teams from various Asian countries at the Rizal Park. The sports event will feature an interactive energy fair and an international conference of global and local experts in energy, food, and water.

Shell Philippines supports the rebuilding efforts for the super-typhoon, through the Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. it donated P30 million to its partner organizations to extend relief such as food and water, medical supplies and personal hygiene products, and fuel to impacted communities. Its staff participated in volunteer activities such as telethons and repacking of relief goods. It is also participating in social development through skills, livelihood, and entrepreneurship training, promotion of arts and culture, science and technology education, and community development, to help out-of-school youths, farmers, students, military dependents, and indigents. As part of its advocacy to meet energy needs with a diversified energy mix and cleaner energy, Shell Philippines urges consumers and business to use energy better, to do more with less, and make energy conservation and sustainable mobility a way of life.

Shell Philippines expanded along with the growth and progress of the Philippine economy. From six employees in 1914, it now employs more than 4,000 Filipinos. It started reaching more provinces and more consumers by diversifying its products and installing depots in strategic areas. A bigger and more modern refinery was built in 1993, boosting its refining capacity to 155,000 barrels per day.

We congratulate Shell Philippines, headed by Country Chairman Edgar O. Chua, who was named “MAP Management Man of the Year 2013” by the Management Association of the Philippines, other Officers and Personnel, for reaching its historical milestone of doing business in our Republic of the Philippines. We wish them the best and success in all their endeavors. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!