Toyota donates $3M to reforest 3,500 hectares in Philippines

May. 25, 2007

TOKYO, Japan Toyota Motors Corporation (TMC), Japans biggest automobile company, has donated $3 million to the Philippine government for the reforestation of some 3,500 hectares of denuded areas in Cagayan Valley.

Akira Okabe, TMC senior managing director, handed the donation to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during a courtesy call on the Philippine leader Thursday afternoon at the Imperial Hotel here in Tokyo.

He told the President the donation was TMCs contribution to the Philippine governments reforestation program and a token of his companys appreciation for the good working conditions obtaining in the country.

He pointed out that the favorable business climate in the Philippines has contributed greatly to the success of TMCs operations in the country.

In return, the President reiterated her thanks to Okabe for Toyota’s continued trust and confidence in her administration as shown by TMCs decision to expand its R-type transmission plant in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna.

Okabe told the President that Toyotas prospects in the Philippines remain bright as the demand for Toyota automobiles continue to soar in both local and foreign markets.

The President, on March 15, 2007, led the groundbreaking rites for Toyota Autoparts Philippines (TAP) R-type transmission plant funded under the companys P5.6 billion expansion program.

TAP, the companys global production and supply hub of manual transmissions will build a new facility within the Toyota Special Economic Zones 82-hectare manufacturing plant in Barangay Pulong Sta. Cruz, in Sta. Rosa City.

After Okabes call, the President also received Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Governor Kyosuke Shinozawa who assured her that JBIC would continue to support development projects in priority sectors in the Philippines.

JBIC is supporting Marubeni power projects in various parts of the Philippines and the Sumitomo Metal Mining Corporation. (OPS) (

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