Ford Philippines celebrated Global Caring Month with a host of volunteer activities that were both held in person and virtually by its dealer employees. The automaker holds this event every September as an annual social responsibility program that sees thousands of Ford employees from all around the world take time to participate in various community projects.
In the case of the Philippine branch of the automaker, it had a virtual volunteer activity, as employees from different dealerships in the country acted as virtual teachers and instructors for the kids in the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Paraisong Pamabata program. This program saw over 20 kids from the GK Sulangon Village in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte participating in storytelling, drawing, and arts and crafts all through video conferencing. Aside from this, the automaker also provided school supplies and food essentials to these kids.
Ford employees also had in-person volunteer activities as well that followed all the proper safety and distancing guidelines. This was done at the GK Enchanted Farm in Angat Bulacan. At the site employees planted trees, harvest farm produce, as well as sorted and packed vegetables for distribution to families and communities in the area. According to Ford, the vegetable packs benefited over 350 families from various GK villages and communities in Bulacan.
Gonzales continues by stating that “The commitment of each Ford employee to extend a helping hand has never wavered over the years and we are excited to bring our programs to more individuals, families, and beneficiaries in the years to come.”
Aside from the volunteer activities, Ford Philippines also used mini-grants awarded by Ford Motor Company to fund and support activities by the GK and the Save the Children Philippines during Global Caring Month. The GK used the funds to install a water system in its tribal communities in San Fernando Bukidnon and Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan. Meanwhile, the Save the Children gratitude grant was used to support the improved delivery of health and nutrition services in the management of acute malnutrition in Villareal Samar.