PNOC EC Entices Incoming Senior High School Students

PNOC EC conducted a series of orientation for incoming senior high schools all over the country, as part of the Company’s GAD Commitments, this one in Diplahan National High School in Zamboanga Sibugay. Ms. Cristine Villamaria of External Relations (in grey shirt) led the PNOC EC delegation.


Isabela Province, Palawan, Zamboanga Sibugay Province (August to September, 2018) – PNOC Exploration Corporation, the oil, gas, and coal exploration and development arm of the National Government, spearheaded an orientation for incoming senior high school students as part of their commitments aligned with the Gender and Development (GAD) program of the Department of Energy (DOE).

Five (5) schools in Isabela, two (2) schools in Palawan, and four (4) schools in Zamboanga Sibugay welcomed the PNOC EC delegation, composed of staff from External Relations, Engineering Services, Petroleum Exploration, Petroleum Production, and Coal Exploration and Development.

PNOC EC oriented a total of 1,440 Grade 10 students from the 11 schools, throughout August and early September, educating them about the various opportunities open for those who get into Science, Technology, and Math (STEM) courses in college. They were given specific examples of careers in Geology and Engineering in the energy sector.

Special emphasis was given to encouraging more female students to get into STEM courses, as there seemed to be a misconception that these courses were mainly for male students. Ms. Shirleen Sharma, a Drilling Engineer, and Ms. Kimberly Ilao, a Geologist, helped dispel that myth by discussing their own careers in the Company.