OCP Ecuador contributes to the development of the country through the transport and custody assurance of crude oil performed in a reliable, safe, efficient, and committed manner with the environment. Our Company is focused on the integral development of our employees and the creation of economic, social, and environmental value for Ecuador.
The creation of social, economic, and environmental value has encouraged OCP Ecuador to develop various projects throughout its years of operations:
To focus its efforts in improving and developing education, health, and productivity, emphasizing its care for children in the parishes in which the Pipeline has an influence. This is why over 650 works and actions have been developed around Social Responsibility amounting to $35 million.
PROYECTOS DE GRAN IMPACTO
The wetlands surrounding the Lago Agrio Lagoon will be rescued through an initiative spearheaded by OCP Ecuador S.A. and the Municipality of Lago Agrio, in order to preserve its biodiversity and generate new spaces for ecological tourism. The area allotted for the Perla Project amounts to 110 Ha around the lagoon located within the Protector Forest of Lago Agrio. Endemic animal species with a high biological value have been found in forest remnants that are threatened by encroachment into their physical space and food sources due to tree felling that expands the agricultural frontier. The representative species of the wetlands are: Huarango, Colorado fino, Pakchi, Coco, Jigua, and animals such as: chorongo monkeys, howling monkeys, dantas, giant armadillos, charapa turtles, and poisonous frogs, among others.
The “Parque Ecológico Recreativo Lago Agrio”—PERLA (Lago Agrio Recreational Ecological Park) has the purpose of creating a refuge for these species by allowing the population that visits it to enjoy one of the few natural sites in the region combining recreational, environmental education, and conservation activities. This marks a first for Lago Agrio to have a place dedicated exclusively to the protection of the area’s flora and fauna.
The Abya Yala Intercultural High School (Live Earth, Fertile Earth, as Panamanian indigenous communities called Latin America) was officially opened on July 25, 2005, turning it into a milestone in bilingual intercultural education: this is the first time that Ecuador exclusively applied the Bilingual Intercultural Education System Model (Modelo de Sistema de Educación Intercultural Bilingüe—MOSEIB).
For the OCP, Abya Yala represents the finest example of its participative work. The Company fully financed its physical infrastructure, while the Carmelite Mission donated the land and sought the funding so that the school could be self-sustaining.
An agreement between the Church of San Miguel de Sucumbíos (ISAMIS) and OCP Ecuador S.A. was signed in 2004. OCP invested $2.8 million dollars in the construction with the condition that the ISAMIS would commit to seeking the equipping (beds, blankets, kitchen, student desks, etc.). In addition, OCP supported productive projects and other specific issues. The Church, on its end, provided the teachers.
In 2004, ISAMIS approached the OCP in order to seek support in the creation of a novel educational project in the Province and in the country. Full of hope and motivation, the ISAMIS wanted to build a special school for the indigenous communities of Sucumbíos: Kichwa, Shuar, Cofán, Secoya, and Siona. An inequality among mestizos and indigenous students had been identified, in which the latter had to go through great economic and cultural hardships to access a high school education.
Together with the area of Corporate Social Responsibility of the Company, this initiative was perfected until it became a reality in a piece of land covering 25 Ha in the outskirts of Nueva Loja. This high school includes 27 buildings, and its total investment surpasses the $5 million dollar mark.
Classes opened three years ago and the students begin at the seventh grade and all take leveling classes since many have had to endure primary education that was not up to par. On July 2011, the first 33 students graduated at Abya Yala
Abya Yala students may also access vocational training in productive projects. This is the reason why a farm was built in the back of the High School in which students are given courses on how to care for a small plot of crops from zero and to make the best use of the land. One of the problems that the student’s parents face is the reduction in their owned land, due to deforestation, and above all, poor soil quality for crops.
Colégio Angel Barbisotti
OCP delivered the new facilities at the Ángel Barbisotti High School in the city of Esmeraldas. It was the Vicariate of Esmeraldas that masterminded this initiative. Indeed, the Ángel Barbisotti High School, a vocational learning institution with over thirty years of technical education in Esmeraldas, now boasts a new functional construction that allows it to optimally develop its workshops in mechanics, carpentry, electricity, and other practical vocations, whose students are comprised mainly of lower-income students of the urban-marginal areas of the capital city of Esmeraldas.
This initiative was spearheaded by the Vicariate of Esmeraldas and financed in 50% by OCP Ecuador S.A. within the framework of implementing the comprehensive project called "Hope for our youth and for the development of Esmeraldas" (Esperanza para los jóvenes y desarrollo de Esmeraldas". OCP's contribution amounted to $530,000 dollars
Over two hectares surround the buildings that altogether make up 2,625 meters of construction.
The project stemmed from the need of providing an opportunity for the population of this sector to be benefitted. The program, supported by OCP Ecuador S.A., will provide new hopeful students with the possibility to study in workshops offering electricity, mechanics, carpentry- cabinetmaking, and other practical courses that will prepare them for future jobs, and help them to earn a living and to boost their quality of life.
The major problem presently for Piedad Island is that it offers very few job opportunities or artisan self-employment by virtue of belonging to a marginalized area. This has led to a rise in its youth to be otherwise tempted to engage in criminal activities
This is why the Vicariate and OCP Ecuador S.A. built these workshops offering well-trained vocational teachers so that 520 young students may benefit from vocational training every year according to their skillset, thus offering hope to those who wish to earn a living in society.
Thanks to the collaboration provided by other institutions such as the Third Naval Zone of Esmeraldas, the Municipality, the Hope Plan, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and the Ministry of Social Wellbeing, this project was successfully concluded and is now a reality.
Juan Carlos Matheus School:
Since 2014, Viche in the Esmeraldas province, has a new School that welcomes over 1000 students. OCP Ecuador built classrooms, desks and a multiple use court where children can practice sports. This Project was developed under the coordination of the Apostolic Vicariate of Esmeraldas, the Japan Embassy in Ecuador, the Municipal Government of Quininde, the local Government of Viche and OCP Ecuador. The investment in this School was over 300 thousand dollars from OCP, 135 thousand dollars from the Japan Embassy and the land was donated by the local Government of Viche.