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Repsol giving back to the community
Published on: Monday, December 16, 2019
By: Sherell Jeffrey
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KOTA KINABALU: Giving back to the local community has been Repsol Oil and Gas Malaysia Limited’s passion in addition to focusing on upstream sector of oil and gas in the country.

“While we are focused on our business growth in Malaysia, we are equally passionate about giving back to the local community in which we operate,” said Government and Community Relations Advisor for Sabah/Labuan, Datuk Eddie Abdullah.

He said they take their responsibilities as good corporate citizen seriously and actively organise programmes and activities that promote change and elevate the wellbeing of the local communities with government agencies and non-governmental organisations across Malaysia.

He said this at a lunch reception in conjunction with the Repsol-Sabah Media Treasure Hunt at Sutera Harbour on Sunday.

Their social investment programmes focus on four main themes education, safety, health and capacity building, with the aim of benefitting their multi-faceted stakeholders.

“Our ‘Let’s be Safe’ safety campaigns for example have reached 9,500 primary school children in Sabah since its inception in 2013,” he said.

Over 300 students from both primary and secondary schools have participated in their environmental awareness camps since 2014.

The programme is aimed at educating and nurturing the young generation on the importance of conserving and protecting the environment.

He noted that Repsol won the organisation category title in the Sabah Environmental Recognition Awards 2019 for the long-standing initiative.

Over the years, Repsol has sponsored over 20 scholars from Universiti Malaysia Sabah to enable them to pursue engineering courses under their focus on education.

He said another Repsol’s commitment towards education is the annual motivational awards in the form of one-off cash aids for the less fortunate children amongst the fishermen community in Sabah and Labuan who did well in their UPSR and PT3 examination.

The award programme was launched in 2014 to spur recipients from the fishermen community and aspiring them to higher levels of academic achievement.

They have also worked with the Sabah Thalassaemia Society and the Health Department to conduct awareness forums and healthy lifestyle seminar’s among Thalassaemia patients, family members as well as memberd of the public in the most affected parts of Sabah since 2014.

“We are committed in continuing the programme to spread the awareness messages along with Malaysia’s target of a Zero Thalassaemia Birth by 2030.

“Our capacity building programmes encompass the provision of skills training and developing entrepreneurial capacity that help uplift the socio-economic standing of rural and disadvantaged communities in 2014, 2016 and 2018, respectively,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sabah Journalist Association President Datuk Muguntan Vanar who noted that some of Repsol corporate social responsibility projects have good human interests’ stories to tell apart from corporate news stories.

“Repsol has been a good friend of the media for many years now. I am sure these events give us a chance to mingle with oil and gas players and build a better personal and working relationship with Repsol,” he said. 

Also present was Kota Kinabalu Journalist Association Chairman, Yong Ted Phen. 

 



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