Ford PHL, Motolite, PBSP partner for the Balik Baterya program
FORD PHILIPPINES said in a statement that “there is no safe level of exposure to lead.” It is toxic and harmful not only to the environment but also to the health of people and animals. However, lead is still used for some products such as batteries. Ford Philippines said that, according to the United Nations Environment Program, “about 86% of total global lead consumption is for the production of lead-acid batteries.”
In view of this and the fact that a large number of batteries are produced each year, their proper disposal and recycling is of the utmost importance. “To help solve this problem, Ford Philippines, together with the country’s Ford dealers, Motolite, and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) have entered into a collaboration to recycle used lead-acid batteries (ULAB) through the Balik Baterya Program, ”the company said in a statement.
“Through the Balik Baterya Program, we are able to bring Ford’s global commitment to environmental sustainability to the Philippines to life and work with our Ford dealers and like-minded partners such as Motolite and PBSP to strengthen this advocacy. At the same time, the program offers our dealer partners the opportunity to create and even expand their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs to support more beneficiaries, ”said Michael Allen Breen, President and CEO from Ford Philippines.
One of Ford’s dealer partners, the Laus Group, has taken a step forward by being the pioneering dealer group to implement the Balik Baterya Program at the beginning of the year. “Being in the car dealership business, we knew that the PBSP Balik Baterya The program has been a great way for us to create a positive impact as we strive to build sustainability into the way we do business. We hope that through this program we will be able to effect change in our communities by developing sustainable business practices, focused on promoting progressive development not only in the countryside but nationally, which is now shared by everyone, ”said Lisset, the Laus group’s main dealer. Laus-Velasco.
Launched in 2006, the Balik Baterya The program is Motolite’s flagship CSR initiative that advocates the proper disposal and “legitimate recycling” of ULABs to protect the environment from hazardous waste. Used batteries are reprocessed and recycled for commercial purposes. Better yet: the proceeds from used batteries are then used to fund development projects for communities in need, such as providing new classrooms, desks, books and extra food for children.
“About 5,825 tonnes of ULAB are what the Balik Baterya The program’s partnership with PBSP has made it possible to recycle. Even more, this waste has turned into a more ambitious goal of moving communities forward by funding social development programs, ”said Khairon-Niza Magundacan, Head of Corporate Citizenship and CSR. The recycling program generated around 147 million pesos, supporting and funding 169 projects nationwide for 115 public schools and communities.