Chevron Philippines, through its Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, has launched its anti-Tuberculosis (TB) awareness campaign, 'Labanan ang TB, Para Tsuper Healthy', by unveiling the Caltex Anti-TB bus, which will go around the city of Manila's public transport terminals and conduct on-board seminars about the disease.
The awareness drive aims to provide public-transport drivers, their families and commuters with accurate information about TB symptoms, prevention and cure.
"The Caltex TB awareness campaign is founded on the belief that the best assistance we can give is by empowering people with the right information," said Dean Gilbert, area business manager of Chevron Global Lubricants. "By knowing the difference between what is fact and fiction, the fight against TB is already half won. By encouraging our valued customers such as the public transport drivers to know the symptoms of the disease and encourage everyone they know to get an early check up, we believe we can stop the spread of Tuberculosis."
Chevron Philippines first started its anti-TB campaign in Makati where around 1,800 jeepney drivers and their families were educated on the facts and figures relating to TB. From what it has learned in its Makati program, Chevron Philippines is now adapting its efforts to the city of Manila where, in partnership with the City Health office and the Federation of Jeepney Drivers and Operators Association of the Philippines, it aims to educate approximately 2,500 jeepney drivers. To strengthen its campaign in Manila, Chevron Philippines will also hold community-based seminars in Pandacan which is home to the petroleum company's oil terminal.
For the Philippines, Chevron has committed $5 million to fight TB, making it the first corporate champion of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. In addition to this financial grant, Chevron Philippines has also committed to use its network of facilities, such as its Caltex service stations, as centers for TB information dissemination by giving away flyers, posters and stickers about TB to motorists as part of the awareness campaign.
Through its Anti-TB Helpline 381-1010, Caltex has established a link between the public and free TB treatment facilities such as Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course (DOTS) centers. People who call the helpline are then directed to the DOTS center nearest their residence for assistance.
"With the help of various stakeholders and supporters of this project, Chevron hopes that this advocacy will help contribute in creating a TB-free Philippines," the petroleum company said in a statement.
According to Chevron Philippines, TB infects 75 Filipinos every day and is the sixth leading killer disease in the country. Worldwide, the Philippines is ranked as the 22nd country with the highest number of TB cases and is second only to China in Asia.