Olive-Ridley nesting sites with more than 300 eggs were recently found along the Chevron Batangas Terminal coastline, where Chevron employee volunteers recently conducted their annual coastal cleanup. Four nesting sites were discovered on December 2018, the first since the last batch of Olive-Ridley sea turtles hatched in January 2017.
Every year, Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, coincides its annual coastal cleanup with the Olive-Ridley turtles’ nesting season to ensure a favorable environment for the turtles during their nesting period.
With the sea turtle population dwindling due to predation and exploitation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has been lobbying for the government’s pawikan conservation project. CPI partnered with DENR when the former discovered the turtle nesting site in 2014 to conduct turtle encounter training for its employees. Through this, Chevron staff and security personnel learn how to properly respond, handle and protect the sea turtles.
More than 300 Olive-Ridley eggs are now under close monitoring by certified Chevron pawikan protectors. An average of 100 eggs is secured in each nesting site. Seventy-seven hatchlings are now released to the seawater.
Aside from—and to supplement–the annual coastal cleanup, Chevron conducts regular cleanups along the Batangas Terminal coastline. This, together with various efforts such as the installation of fences around the nesting sites, has helped make the coastline safe haven for the Olive-Ridley sea turtles, contributing to the increase in turtle sightings in recent years.
CPI Country Chairman Louie Zhang expressed his delight over the news and stressed CPI’s continued support to the stewardship of the environment. “Chevron has always been committed to conserving marine life, especially since our Batangas terminal is located along the San Pascual coastline. I hope these recent developments will encourage all stakeholders and the residents of San Pascual, Batangas to pursue similar efforts to increase the turtle population and to do that, we have to make sure that their nesting sites are free of debris” he said.
About Chevron Philippines Inc.
Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 90 years. Caltex™, its retail brand, offers high quality products and services. There are close to 600 service stations strategically scattered throughout the Philippine archipelago and employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal operations. The Chevron products that are available in the Philippines include Caltex with Techron® fuel and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline® and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron Philippines Inc. is available at www.caltex.com/ph.