Tollways company give Christmas gifts to Muntinlupa families
Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corp. (CMMTC) and its partner, St. James Renewal Movement (SJRM) of St. James Parish in Ayala-Alabang Village on December 20, distributed bags of grocery items to the families of its adopted community in Sitio Espeleta, a depressed area in Muntinlupa City.
Now on its fifth year, the annual gift-giving activity was held at the Chapel of St. Therese which CMMTC constructed and donated to the Muntinlupa Vicariate Commission on Human Promotion in April 2010, that also serves as a multi-purpose hall for feeding program, dental-medical mission and livelihood training programs for the marginalized residents of Sitio Espeleta. A Holy Mass and a short program preceded the gift distribution.
Mitsubishi’s Okazaki Plant breaches 5 million mark
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s second largest auto manufacturing plant in Japan, the Okazaki, Nagoya Plant, reached a milestone this December after it breached the 5 million production mark since it started producing Mitsubishi cars in 1977; with the Outlander PHEV, the world’s only 4×4 PHEV Sport Utility Vehicle, rolling out as the 5 millionth unit.
A commemoration ceremony was held with Okazaki City Mayor, Yasuhiro Uchida in attendance. MMC president and COO, Tetsuro Aikawa, formally presented this milestone Outlander PHEV to Mr. Uchida. The Outlander PHEV will be used as a self-sufficient, EV-based, 4X4 emergency vehicle in case of natural disasters for Okazaki City. In addition to its off-road capabilities, the Outlander PHEV can also provide power in case of power blackouts.
“The Okazaki Plant has been producing MMC’s major products since it started production of the Lancer Celeste and Galant Lambda in 1977,” said Aikawa during the ceremony.
“The plant has been playing an important role not only as one of major production plants in Japan, but also as a mother plant for overseas production hubs.”
“The Outlander PHEV is the world’s first and only four-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid SUV, can supply energy from its drive battery to power appliances and such. I think the model would be a great help in supporting the city’s activities in the case of a disaster. We aim to make the Okazaki Plant a plant to serve beneficial purpose not only in Japan but for all over the world by producing products that contribute to our society like the Outlander PHEV,” Aikawa added.
Located next to MMC’s global Research and Development center, the 425,000 square meter plant is one of the three Mitsubishi Motors’ vehicle production bases in Japan with nearly 1,600 staff. Currently, they build Mitsubishi models including the Outlander, Outlander PHEV and the RVR/ASX/Outlander Sport family. In 2013, the Nagoya Plant produced a total of 174,000 vehicles.
Tata Motors now in Davao
Pilipinas Taj Autogroup Inc. (PTAJ), the exclusive distributor of Tata Motors Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles in the Philippines, continues to grow its dealership network in the country with the opening of the Tata dealership in Davao City recently.
The Davao City dealership, which was already operating since the brand’s launch in the Manila International Auto show earlier this year, is now fully operational. The inauguration was graced by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Indian Ambassador to the Philippines L.D. Ralte, Tata Motors Limited Head of International Business Commercial Vehicles R.T. Wasan, and Pilipinas Taj Autogroup Inc., chairman and president David Coyukiat.
The Davao dealership is owned and operated by Davao Bonifacio Motors, Inc., headed by its chairman Dave Ross F. Bonifacio. The company has 49 years of automotive experience and has a manpower of 43 full-time employees. The Tata Davao facility boasts of state-of-the-art showroom with a spacious five- car display area as well as an expansive service area of 1,322 square meters. The dealership is situated along the prominent automotive row at Km. 9, Barrio Pampanga, Davao.
“Our strong commitment to make every Filipino’s dream of vehicle ownership, may it be for personal and family use or for business and entrepreneurial use, is now one step closer to reality through our further expansion into the vibrant and opportunity rich city of Davao. We are very pleased to see and feel the warm welcome of our world class passenger cars and commercial vehicles, and more importantly the positive anticipation of the Tata Motors brand in the region through our partners at Davao Bonifacio Motors, Inc.,” said Mr. Coyukiat during the event.
Volvo Philippines share gifts to Chosen Children
In celebration of its 20th year in the country, Volvo Philippines pursued its drive in caring for people when it teamed up with the Scandinavian Society of the Philippines (SSP) to share its blessings with Chosen Children Village in Cavite.
Ferried by the dynamic line of Volvo cars, sponsors and donors trooped to Silang, Cavite and enjoyed a day with these special children, bringing with them love, care and financial aid to further the rehabilitation and continued development of children in this home.
Chosen Children Village provides much-needed care, attention, protection and development to emotionally, mentally and physically challenged children. As young as infants and into their teens, these children are nurtured, educated and provided opportunities for growth that will enable them to focus on disability prevention, rehabilitation and equalization of rights in order to grow in a community that will enhance their self-esteem and capability.
A crayfish party fund raising event, held in September this year, opened the doors for donations. Together with SSP, Volvo Philippines along with other sponsors and benefactors were able to raise over P400,000 in contributions. Aside from the monetary donation, Volvo also brought early Christmas presents as a simple way to add cheer and bring about smiles to these little angels.
“As Volvo has been blessed with 20 fruitful years in the Philippines, it is our pleasure to partner with SSP to care for the children and staff of the Chosen Children Village,” said Chris Yu, Senior Marketing Manager of Volvo Philippines.
A long-time proponent of safety, Volvo has introduced several class-leading and often world-first innovations that put emphasis on child safety in cars. With 50 years of knowledge and expertise, Volvo brings in-car child protection leagues ahead from its competitors starting with the world’s first rear-facing child seat prototype in a PV544 back in 1964 to the latest innovation is an Inflatable Child Seat Concept that is easily tucked away in a small bag when not in use. Aside from these technological advancements, the people at Volvo Philippines has always displayed a healthy support for the youth with previous programs such as the Voice of Leadership and Child Safety Seminars aimed at not only protecting, but also educating and developing future leaders.
Volvo has always been about people and this simple act of generosity is a testament to the commitment that has propelled the company to create cars that care.