SPE donated USD 5,000 to the Philippines Red Cross to support relief efforts for the victims of typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record. The storm hit the central Philippine islands on 8 November 2013, leaving a wide swath of destruction. Thousands were killed and millions displaced.
SPE has an active Philippines Section, which was established in 1981, and two student chapters, at Batangas State University and Palawan State University. The Palawan State University in particular is very active, with a large number of students traveling recently to Jakarta to participate in the Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition PetroBowl competition.