The past two years have been challenging for the Philippines, to say the least. We have faced not only a worldwide health crisis but also a number of local disasters, including the Taal volcano eruption and the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses and Rolly. To aid in disaster response, Honda Philippines Inc. (HPI) has been engaging in humanitarian efforts across the country.
In May of 2020, HPI donated 104 red motorcycle units to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). These units included 52 units of the Honda TMX125 Alpha and a further 52 units of the Honda Wave 110 Alpha. The motorcycles were reportedly used by PRC staff members and volunteers for the pandemic response. The top-quality Honda units enabled the PRC to reach more victims in less time.
For its commendable efforts, the PRC awarded HPI with the Outstanding Humanitarian Award for Corporate Social Responsibilities. Last December, HPI President Susumu Mitsuishi officially received the award. Despite the recognition, Honda is determined to continue its humanitarian operations to help more people in the Philippines.
In late 2020, a pair of devastating typhoons ravaged the island of Catanduanes. Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses displaced thousands of families, which forced the communities to rebuild their homes.
HPI joined the local government to help about 100 families from different barangays in the Catanduanes province. The families each received building materials for their new homes, including galvanized steel sheets for roofing, marine-grade plywood, Coco lumber, and other supplies.
Honda has vowed to continue its streak of goodwill in the Philippines through the Honda Foundation Inc. (HFI), which helped make the donations possible. HFI is the company's corporate social responsibility arm that aims to address the needs of local communities in the Philippines. These efforts are rooted in Honda's ONE DREAM campaign that calls on riders to unite in using Honda motorcycles as essential tools for disaster response and rescue operations.