Honda’s CSR efforts recognized at 4th SPMJ ‘Driven to Serve’ awards
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc., Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines, bagged Gold and Silver awards at the 4thDriven to Serve awards of the Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists (SPMJ) last November 12, 2020, for its corporate social responsibility initiatives in the environmental and road safety categories.
The Driven to Serve awards of The Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists (SPMJ) is an award giving body which recognizes outstanding CSR efforts of vehicle manufacturers in the Philippines.
Honda’s tree planting activity was once again recognized by the award giving body for its contributions in the restoration of the Philippines’ rainforests. Taking home a Gold award in the environment category, Honda’s tree planting activity not only helps restore communities and ecosystems, but also contributes solutions to environmental problems such as climate change and air pollution.
Through the Honda Foundation Inc.—composed of the Honda Group of Companies Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), and Honda Parts Manufacturing Corporation (HPMC), in partnership with Haribon’s Forest For Life Movement—Honda’s tree planting aims to restore damaged rainforests through planting various native tree species such as Narra, Apitong, and Lauan. Through its 10 year partnership, around 50,000 trees have already been planted across 36 hectares of damaged forests in the provinces of Laguna, Quezon and Rizal.
Meanwhile, Honda’s Teen Smart, a program designed for teenagers which combines road safety tips and coaching on values such as responsibility, respect, and patience in preparation for their part as road users and future drivers or vehicle owners, baggeda Silver award in the road safety category.
The Teen Smart program has, so far, conducted its road safety seminars in five (5) selected school beneficiaries in the City of Sta Rosa. This program covers topics such as traffic rules and regulations, physical and mental condition of road users, vehicle safety and anticipation of traffic and environmental conditions.
“We are glad to have received these recognitions from SPMJ for our environmental and road safety CSR efforts. In line with Honda’s 2030 vision, we believe that with our CSR initiatives, we are able to give back to the Filipino community by providing a safe and sustainable society for the next generation.” said Mr. Masahiko Nakamura, president of Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI).
To know more about Honda’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities, visit the Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. official website at www.hondaphil.com.
Get back on the road with Caltex fuel promo
Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), brings out the Christmas cheer to Filipinos nationwide with its Fuel for Fuel promo starting November 8, 2020. Motorists can collect e-stamps and redeem free fuel to help them get back on the road this holiday season.
For every P300 spent on Caltex fuels, motorists will earn one (1) e-stamp. Get a P150 fuel voucher with every eight (8) e-stamps collected. To track how many e-stamps they’ve earned to redeem the fuel voucher, customers need to register in Caltex.com/ph/fuel-for-fuel. Customers can redeem up to 3 fuel vouchers per transaction.
The participating Caltex products are Platinum, Silver and Diesel. Transactions made via StarCash, loyalty cards, partner banks and purchase order accounts* are also accepted and valid for this promo.
The promo runs until January 31, 2021 and the redemption period is up until March 31, 2021. The promo is not valid in conjunction with other Caltex promotions or discount offers.
Fuel for fuel promo is registered with DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-106808 Series of 2020.
Climate Change Commission wants sustainable urban mobility
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) called for the development and implementation of functional and sustainable urban mobility plans in observance of Philippine Clean Air Month.
Presidential Proclamation No. 1109, s. 1997 declares the month of November of every year as “Clean Air Month Through National Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Consciousness.” Consistent with the Republic Act No. 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999, the observance aims to create awareness and to encourage the motoring public to take positive steps to help improve air quality.
A report from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) and Greenpeace Philippines laid down recommendations to reduce air pollution post-COVID-19 in order to safeguard people’s health and ensure a better normal.
According to the report, vehicles are a major source of air pollution, accounting for 65% of air pollution in the country, primarily in Metro Manila. Air pollution is also expected to increase given the projected 4.6% annual growth rate in energy demand. This is consistent with the projected increase of road vehicles to 24.8 million by 2030, compared to a baseline of 6.6 million in 2010.
As a measure to greatly improve mobility in cities is a key solution to the problem, the Department of Public Works and Highways has issued Department Administrative Order No. 88, s. 2020. This is seen as a transformational shift in infrastructure planning and design towards a climate-friendly mass public transport system and an effective investment to enable shared mobility, walking, and cycling, as the report recommends.
The CCC echoes these recommendations by encouraging cities and citizens to adopt greener modes of transportation to commute in this period of pandemic and climate crisis, and promoting inclusive urban mobility solutions as part of the country’s post-pandemic recovery.
The imposed community quarantine across the country had already given us a glimpse of what cities can be like with vastly improved air quality. But months later, with the easing of regulations and the return of motor vehicles on the road, air pollution is gradually making a comeback.
With this, the agency also urges local government units themselves to establish dedicated, protected, and connected bike lanes with green spaces to link cities as well as nearby provinces and encourage more Filipinos to choose healthier and sustainable ways to commute.
The CCC believes that having access to these safe and functional types of mobility systems and non-motorized mainstream modes of transportation will open doors for effective air quality, climate, and environment management which will benefit the present and the future generations.