Giving back to the community
The environment and education are the pillars of IPC’s corporate social responsibility program. Giving back to the community is part of the company’s annual plan of activities. Each year, a Corporate Social Responsibility program on the conservation of the environment is implemented. Since 2002, IPC celebrates its anniversary outside the office, involved in activities to help the environment.
Started an environmental advocacy with students, mounting a puppet show with an environmental theme staged in Binan and Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Donated 10,000 fingerlings, which was seeded into Laguna de Bay to increase its fish population. IPC also donated a river garbage trap to Sta. Rosa town. The project was implemented in partnership with the Laguna Lake Development Authority.
Donated a two-classroom building to the Binan National High School in Laguna. The building replaced the “open classrooms” in the school’s cafeteria where classrooms were separated by blackboards. The ratio then was one classroom to 80 students.
Launched a tree-planting program in Quezon Province dubbed, “ISUlong and Kalikasan!” (“Nurture Nature”). Quezon Province had recently been devastated by flash floods. The project created a forest strip along the highway in the hills of Atimonan with a donation of 10,000 seedlings, then declared a forest reserve to ensure that the narra trees wouldn’t be cut and sold when full-grown. In Infanta and Real, IPC donated 5,000 narra seedlings for planting.
Adopted a five-hectare mangrove in Alaminos, Pangasinan, and in Quezon Island, in the Hundred Islands cluster. Despite the downpour, IPC executives and friends motored to the island and planted the mangrove trees, which provides food and medicinal herbs for the community. IPC also donated flowering plants, and environmental and directional signs.
Expanded the scope of its CSR program to a national level with the Parks Conservation Campaign that included public parks in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Three public parks were recepients of new ornamental plants, garbage receptacles and environment reminder signs, namely Rizal Park in Manila, the Fuente Osmena Park in Cebu City, and the Pole’s Park in Davao City.
Opened the Isuzu-TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center in Tacloban, Leyte, which offers educational opportunities to deserving students.
The school is supported by Isuzu Motors Ltd of Japan, IPC, and Isuzu Auto Parts Manufacturing Corporation, and trains the students to obtain the National Certificate Level IV of TESDA. It produces an average of 80 graduates a year, all of them housed for free in dormitories inside the training center compound. IPC donated a 2008 NHR passenger van while Isuzu Motors Ltd. turned over a Crosswind XTi to be used as shuttle service.
Isuzu Motors funded the school, now run by Plan International and TESDA, with a $3-million donation. IPC donated a 2008 NHR passenger van, while Isuzu Motors Ltd turned over a Crosswind XTi to TESDAS to be used as a shuttle service to employees and students.
IPC gave back to the children in Hospicio de San Jose in Manila, the Children’s Joy Foundation in Canlubang, and the Urchins Street Kids in Paranaque by distributing sacks of rice, canned goods, food boxes—as well as good cheer through clowns and magic shows—to the orphans.
Also adopted 11 hectares of the forest in La Mesa Watershed project of the ABS-CBN Foundation. The company’s donation was used to rehabilitate the forest through the Bantay Kalikasan section of the Foundation.
Launched “The Road to 2020”, a campaign initiated by Haribon Foundation, which aims to restore one million hectares of the country’s rainforests by 2020. This reforestation project brought IPC executives, media friends and volunteers together to plant 3000 seedlings in the area.
5000 native tree species were donated by IPC to various rainforests in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, as well as 2000 seedlings in Tabunan Watershed in Cebu, and in Mt. Diwata and Hilong-Hilong in Surigao del Sur.
The Isuzu Auto Mechanic Training Center was named the “Kabalikat Awardee” by TESDA. Isuzu Motors Limited of Japan was honored as the overall or national awardee in the industry category, and the regional level for establishing the training center in Tacloban. This year, a total of 75 scholars were in the training center.
Ondoy, one of the worst typhoons that blew into the Philippines, brought much destruction to Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces. IPC immediately responded to the emergency situation by distributing relief goods to 800 families in barangays in Cabuyao, near Binan.
The floods also destroyed hundreds of motor vehicles. IPC offered assistance to owners of Isuzu vehicles that were damaged by the floodwaters, through discounts for labor and parts, and easy-payment schemes.
Adopted thirteen hectares of a forest reserve in Mt. Makiling. Over three years, 300 native trees will be planted within the 13 hectares. The funding for the project includes the construction of a 1.3-km walkway inside the Makiling Botanical Garden.
In November, the Isuzu-TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center graduated its first batch of 25 scholars who earned four national certificates recognized by government and private agencies, which increases their chances at finding better jobs. As a start, 17 were assigned to have on-the-job training at IPC, IAMC and Isuzu Dealerships
Further expanded its CSR with a comprehensive agro-forestry program. Partnering with the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), the automaker adopted a forest in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, the largest remaining swath of old-growth rainforests in the Philippines. This forest-cum-watershed area is a vital source of water for Cagayan Valley.
IPC’s agro-forestry project will include an education program for farmers, equipping them with the proper skills for tree planting, seedling production, and the use of organic fertilizer.
IPC officials, media friends and volunteers planted mango and Satsuma seedlings in the area, donating 6,500 seedlings to start the agro-forestry efforts aimed at protecting the community from flash floods due to soil erosion, as well as allowing the farmers to earn from the sale of their fruits.
The Isuzu-TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center also graduated another batch of scholars and held an open-campus event to present the students to companies who require the services of qualified automotive technicians.