The Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Korean Chamber of Commerce
Philippines (KCCP), and Asian Institute of Management (AIM) hosted the 2018 Corporate
Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards for Korean Companies in the Philippines on
24 October 2018 at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City. This commemorative event aims
to honor and recognize Korean companies in the Philippines for their
outstanding CSR activities in local communities.
Korean Ambassador to the Philippines HAN Dong-man opened the ceremony,
highlighting the close relations between Korea and the Philippines and
encouraging Korean companies to pursue more CSR activities to contribute more
to national development and improve the daily life of Filipinos. Presidential
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Presidential Advisor for
Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)
Director General Charito Plaza, and AIM Dean Dr. Jikyeong Kang graced the
occasion and emphasized the private sector’s role in contributing to
sustainable development and co-prosperity of the Philippines.
Thirteen Korean companies were given awards during the night: (Platinum
Award) Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation, KEPCO Philippines
Corporation, and Hyundai Engineering & Construction; (Gold Award)
Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc., Hyundai Rotem Manila Branch, and LG
Electronics Philippines, Inc.; (Silver Award) KEB Hana Bank Manila Branch and
Samsung Electro-Mechanics Philippines Corporation; (Certificates of
Recognition) DOOSAN Heavy Industries, Shinhan Bank Manila Branch, ILSUNG
Construction Co. Ltd., Asiana Philippines GSA Inc., and POSCO Engineering &
Construction Co., Ltd. They have been awarded for their various CSR activities such as
building smart classrooms, supporting local people near plants with building
homes and offering scholarships, and donating humanitarian assistance for the
damaged areas and victims in the battle of Marawi, and natural disasters such
as typhoon Mangkhut, and many other activities.
CSR best practices were also shared by Mr. John Philip Orbeta of the Ayala
Group and representatives of KEPCO Philippines Corporation, Samsung Electronics
Philippines Corporation, and Hyundai Engineering & Construction. KCCP
President Lee Ho-ik also presented KCCP’s scholarship program and handed over a
scholarship award to Ms. Gina Borinaga, President of the Philippine KOICA
Fellows Association (PHILKOFA). PHILKOFA is an alumni association of government
officials who were trained in Korea under KOICA’s official development
assistance (ODA) program.
The tentatively named Korea-Philippines Community Foundation was also
introduced during the night. Mr. Simon Heo, CEO of Eaglestarship Management
Corporation and founding member of the foundation, presented how this new
foundation will drive more volunteerism, philanthropic and inter-community
bridge building activities to foster a culture of giving from the Korean
private sector, thus how it will contribute to strengthening bilateral
relations between Korea and the Philippines.
The Awards Ceremony was attended by representatives of the Korean and
Philippine private sector, government officials, investors, and the media.