In October 2012, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), through the HARI Foundation (HFI), joined Gawad Kalinga (GK) in a groundbreaking ceremony to put up the Hyundai Center for Green Innovation at the GK Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan. Seven months later and the state-of-the-art green innovation center has now been inaugurated by the two organizations.
"After seven months of dedicated work, finally, the instrument to fulfill our aspirations for the community and the environment is up," said HARI president and chief executive Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo. "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."
Designed as the fusion of Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design philosophy and the ethnicity of the bahay kubo, the Hyundai Center for Green Innovation is envisioned to be "the epicenter of ideas, talents and resources committed to growing a sustainable green economy and community for the Filipino." It is also viewed as a symbol of the evolution and progress of Hyundai and GK's partnership to build empowered, self-sustaining Filipino communities from the grassroots.
"When you bring goodness to a place, you drive away bad habits," said GK founder Antonio Meloto. "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."
Good job, Hyundai. Now, if only HARI could show the same passion for achieving unity in the local auto industry, we'd give the company a standing ovation.