Phoenix Petroleum donates blood, praised for its social responsibility, economic contribution

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News - (Mindanao Examiner)

PHOENIX Petroleum Philippines, Inc. has partnered with the Philippine Red Cross and its employees donated blood in an effort to help augment supply of blood for those who need it.

The donation, through Phoenix Philippines Foundation, was also in response to appeals by the Philippine Red Cross from different institutions from both government and the private sector for the blood drive.

The Philippine Red Cross said the shortage of blood has been one of the most pressing problems experienced by many hospitals in the country and for this reason it has been working double time to make sure there is ample supply of blood for Filipinos who need it.

And among the private companies who yielded to the call of the Philippine Red Cross is Phoenix Petroleum Philippines. “When we started, we were only able to donate 12 bags, but eventually, our employees gained an appreciation of the bloodletting activities and now we can donate at least 300 bags of blood,” said Ben Sur, Phoenix Philippines Petroleum manager for corporate affairs.

Sur said the partnership with Red Cross has helped both institutions in times of need, in life or death situations. He said they hope to increase the donation from its employees every year by providing appreciation seminars and other programs.

“The foundation is tying up with its adopted communities as well as industry partners for blood donations. When you give blood, you don’t give so much, but the impact of that one bag is significant to the person who requires it. We wish that as we go on this journey, we can encourage more people to donate blood,” he said.

Rizh Abellano, Philippine Red Cross blood program coordinator, said the roles played by their partners are crucial to the success of the mission of the institution. “A bag of blood can save a life, and we are thankful to Phoenix Philippines Foundation for heeding our call,” Abellano said.

Just recently, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines also celebrated its 10th listing anniversary and as gratitude to its customers, the Davao City-based oil company offered motorists a huge discount - at P10 a liter - on all its fuels in selected gasoline stations in the country.

The special offer lasted for 2 hours, but its benevolent promotion brought cheers and happiness to many motorists. “Aba eh malaking tulong ito sa amin. Imagine sampung piso lang ang litro ng gasolina at kaya nga full talk ang pinakarga ko at bente singko pesos lang ang ginastos ko,” said Zamboanga City trike driver Boyet Santos.

Another public jeepney driver, Carlo Sagrado, praised the oil firm for its anniversary promotion and said: “Buti pa itong Phoenix eh nakapaliit na kampanya pero malaki ang naitutulong sa amin kahit paminsan-minsan. Eh itong mga iba, yan Caltex at Petron pati yun Shell ay wala kang maaasahan sa mga iyan at mahal pa ang presyo ng gasolina at diesel nila.”

On July 2007, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines made its public offering at the Philippine Stock Exchange and now it has over 500 gasoline stations in the country and even set up a P100-million fund for security personnel battling ISIS militants in Marawi City in southern Philippines.

Dennis Uy, President of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, said the fund will provide education and livelihood assistance for soldiers and their families. President Rodrigo Duterte also praised the oil firm for its social responsibility and economic contribution.

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