Nissan Motor Company has been named one of the \"Prime Movers\" of Habitat For Humanity Philippines, a non-profit organization that builds homes. Handed out during the organization\'s 25th anniversary, the Prime Mover awards are given to companies that are considered \"forerunners\" that promote the NGO\'s vision of \'I Build\' campaign.
Val de Leon, Nissan Motor Philippines\' (NMPI) senior vice president for administration, and Honeymae Limjap, Universal Motors Corporation\'s (UMC) assistant vice president for sales and marketing, received the Prime Mover awards for the Japanese carmaker.
In 2005, Nissan Motor Company and Habitat For Humanity began their partnership. The partnership recently expanded and included the Philippines. To date, the Japanese car manufacturer has donated $1 million (P42.22 million) to the organization for projects in India, Indonesia and the Philippines.
NMPI and UMC donated two vehicles--X-Trail CVT and Navara--to help transport and distribute emergency shelter repair kits. Both units were foiled with blueprints of the Habitat For Humanity homes. Last month, NMPI and UMC employees supported Habitat For Humanity Philippines\' disaster response program by providing emergency shelter kits and conducting emergency preparedness training for families in Santa Cruz, Laguna, and other disaster-stricken areas. In addition, NMPI employees also participated in rebuilding houses in Navotas.
\"It is but natural for Nissan and Habitat For Humanity to forge a partnership, since both corporations complement Nissan\'s vision of Enriching People\'s Lives,\" said NMPI president and CEO Allen Chen. \"This is a cornerstone of Nissan\'s Blue Citizenship approach to creating a sustainable society.\"
According to de Leon, NMPI\'s partnership with Habitat For Humanity Philippines is part of the company\'s corporate social responsibility efforts. \"We\'ve been into many CSR projects like medical missions,\" he said. \"There are many sick people who need medication. This time around, we think it\'s time to help homeless people.\"