Together with Gawad Kalinga (GK), Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines--through its corporate social responsibility arm, HARI Foundation (HFI)--recently broke ground for the construction of the Hyundai Center for Green Innovation (HCGI) at the Enchanted Farm of the GK Center for Social Innovation (GK-CSI) in Barangay Encanto in Angat, Bulacan.
The partnership between Gawad Kalinga and HFI sees the latter providing not just the funds to construct the HCGI but also support "in the conceptualization of its design and project management," solidifying both institutions' partnership in nation-building.
According to HFI, the HCGI will serve as a venue for training various stakeholders not only on the best practices in environmental protection and preservation, and also for educating various sectors on the importance of becoming responsible stewards of the environment.
Echoing the design discipline of the GK-CSI, the HCGI will utilize stone, glass and grass in its construction and fuse these with the ethnicity of the bahay kubo and Hyundai's 'Fluidic Sculpture' design language. Once completed, the HCGI will have a 300-seat main hall, a garden, and four small breakout areas that will accommodate HCGI's future 'green innovation camps'.
"When (Gawad Kalinga founder) Tony Meloto approached us to help build the Center for Green Innovation, it wasn't hard for us to support this new venture and move our partnership to a new field of endeavor," said HARI and HFI president Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo. "The care and preservation of the environment are HARI and Hyundai's priority advocacies, and once again we saw a shared vision for the environment with GK and the good that this will do for society as a whole."