Tuesday, January 21, 2020

AC Motors Mobilizes Taal Relief Operations, Donates 10 KIA K2500 Kargo Units to Batangas LGUs

Text by Arabelle Jimenez Photos by Monch Henares

KIA K2500 Kargo units parked in front Batangas Provincial Capitol during the donation turnover on January 20, 2020 in Batangas City.

Ayala Corporation Motors (AC Motors), recently mobilized its motor brands, and initiated a Taal Relief operation, under the organization of a volunteer team from Ayala Foundation

All of the corporation's six brands came together to create a 30-vehicle convoy to a destination that is different from the usual media test drives. It was a marvel to see these brands, composed of employee volunteers from Volkswagen Philippines, Kia Philippines, Maxus Philippines, KTM Philippines, Honda Cars Makati, and Isuzu Alabang, whose dealerships are also owned by AC Motors, together with the Philippines' motoring media volunteers, drive the 100 km route to affected areas in Batangas.

KIA K2500 Kargo donated by KIA Philippines through AC Motors and Ayala Foundation.

As a humble, and meaningful way of celebrating KIA Philippines' 1st year anniversary this January 30 under Ayala management, with a successful 2019, KIA donated 10 brand new K2500 Kargo units to the affected LGUs through the provincial government. This was an initiative, and a worthy effort to give back to the society on a long term basis.

Home base was the Batangas Provincial Capitol, wherein the group from Manila met with Batangenos representing the local government units (LGUs) of Batangas. There were six clusters or groups of vehicles that went to six different evacuation centers housing victims from municipalities within 14-km radius of Taal Volcano. 

Manny Aligada, Ayala Corporation Managing Director, briefs representatives of the the Batangas LGUs.

We were assigned to bring relief goods to Alitagtag, Batangas, wherein the City Mayor, Edilberto Ponggos welcomed our group full-heartedly. "We are housing over 200 families affected by Taal volcano's eruption, and we are looking at around 2 months of relief operations in our municipality," Mayor Ponggos revealed. "We are very thankful to AC Motors for the brand new supplies, the time, and effort that is put together to help our kababayans," the mayor added. Watch Facebook Live coverage here.

Alitagtag municipal covered court houses over 200 families who were forced to evacuate their homes in Agoncillo.

The brand new supplies given to all the six clusters were composed of hygiene kits, blankets, towels, underwear for male and female, mattresses, and sacks of rice.

"Today was both fulfilling and heartfelt. For a group of people who are passionate about the topic of mobility, we definitely moved the hearts and minds of a lot of Filipinos today," said Franz Decloedt, Volkswagen Marketing Director. "Faith in humanity has been restored!" added Timmy De Leon, Head of Public Relations and Events at Volkswagen Philippines.

A KIA Karga loaded with brand-new supplies.

AC Motors multi-brand vehicles assemble at Honda Cars Makati, Inc., getting ready to mobilize volunteers and deliver relief goods.

AC Motors open their hearts to the people of Batangas who are struggling to get back on their feet, after last week's Taal volcanic eruption. It exudes a great example of a CSR activity by putting together a positive force of selfless volunteerism among its employees and friends from the motoring media.

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