Friday, May 24, 2013
Hyundai and Gawad Kalinga Inaugurates Hyundai Center for Green Innovation
Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) through HARI Foundation, Inc. (HFI) and Gawad Kalinga (GK) celebrated the inauguration of the Hyundai Center for Green Innovation (HCGI), located at the GK Enchanted Farm in Bgy. Encanto, Angat, Bulacan. The state-of-the-art green innovation center, built by architects and engineers commissioned by HFI, fuses the ethnicity of the “bahay kubo” and the Hyundai design philosophy of "Fluidic Sculpture”. It is envisioned to be the epicenter of ideas, talents, and resources committed to growing a sustainable green economy and community for the Filipino and stands as a symbol of the evolution and progress of Hyundai and GK’s enduring partnership to build empowered, self-sustaining Filipino communities from the grassroots.
Said HFI President and HARI President and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, “After seven months of dedicated work, finally, the instrument to fulfill our aspirations for the community and the environment is up! The architectural elements incorporated in this building symbolize the great dreams we have for our country: stone symbolizes the strength and stability of our advocacy for Green Innovation; bamboo symbolizes our resilience and unity with the community; and glass, the goal of HCGI to be the guide and light in the minds and hearts of our people, especially the youth, to become environmental innovators and stewards of the environment in their communities.”
In response, GK Founder Antonio Meloto thanked Hyundai for “persevering to achieve our common dream for our country. When you bring goodness to a place, you drive away bad habits. Talking about enduring partnerships, Hyundai and GK build for enduring solidarity, for bringing not only compassion, but competence to the people whose lives we touch.”
Invoking the spirit of bayanihan in bringing about sustainable green enterprises, HFI has invited other CSR partners, like HARIBON Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to hold at the HCGI training modules and activities on environmental stewardship and innovation for students as well as corporate entities.