Pas­sion to Serve the Com­mu­nity and En­vi­ron­ment PAS­SION TO SERVE THE COM­MU­NITY AND EN­VI­RON­MENT

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - ICCP GROUP -

Cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ef­forts are typ­i­cally done by dol­ing out cash and other goods to marginal­ized sec­tors of the so­ci­ety. While they may be well-in­ten­tioned, it is vaguely de­fined by some ma­jor com­pa­nies and the long-term value of th­ese ini­tia­tives are of­ten lack­ing

For the ICCP Group, its 30 years of com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and con­tin­u­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion are a tes­ta­ment to the Group’s strong com­mit­ment and re­spect for the en­vi­ron­ment and the wel­fare of the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity in which it op­er­ates.

“We have long held the be­lief that do­ing ‘well’ for our share­hold­ers goes hand in hand with do­ing ‘well’ for our cus­tomers, com­mu­ni­ties and the planet. We be­lieve that be­ing a trusted cor­po­rate cit­i­zen is the bedrock of the com­pany’s business, ex­pressed clearly not only in its val­ues and mis­sion but in the com­pany’s prac­tices ev­ery day,” says Guillermo D. Luchangco, founder and chair­man and CEO of the ICCP Group, an ag­gre­ga­tion of com- pa­nies en­gaged in in­vest­ment bank­ing, ven­ture cap­i­tal, in­dus­trial es­tate de­vel­op­ment, town­ship de­vel­op­ment, and ex­po­si­tion fa­cil­ity com­plex man­age­ment.

Em­pow­er­ing peo­ple, Strength­en­ing com­mu­ni­ties

Since it es­tab­lished its first in­dus­trial es­tate project in the late 80s, ICCP Group has al­ready rec­og­nized the need for a sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. When the com­pany built the Light In­dus­try & Science Park of the Philip­pines (LISP I) in Cabuyao, La­guna, they took a se­ri­ous re­spon­si­bil­ity in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the so­ci­ety and this means em­pow­er­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties by al­low­ing them to get in­volved in com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives.

“It was in 1991 when we started get­ting the peo­ple in this com­mu­nity in­volved in our sus­tain­abil­ity ef­forts. From be­ing the poor­est barangay in the prov­ince—they had no run­ning water and no ef­fi­cient means of trans­porta­tion—we’ve worked to­gether with them to help them be­come eco­nom­i­cally and so­cially em­pow­ered,” Luchangco re­calls.

He adds, "What we wanted to do was to pro­duce ef­fec­tive prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions to serve the needs of the com­mu­nity."

From at­ti­tude for­ma­tion to job place­ment, ICCP Group grad­u­ally helped th­ese peo­ple im­prove their lives and helped them un­der­stand the long-term ad­van­tages of th­ese ini­tia­tives. To­day, there are about 16,000 peo­ple from the com­mu­nity that are em­ployed in the com­pa­nies in the Light In­dus­try and Science Park I (LISP) in Cabuyao. To al­low them to be qual­i­fied for more job op­por­tu­ni­ties in th­ese in­dus­tries in the LISP, ICCP Group con­ducts reg­u­lar train­ing, em­ploy­ment as­sis­tance and skills en­hance­ment.

Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing

ICCP Group has a very mas­sive and suc­cess­ful book dis­tri­bu­tion and com­puter ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams to as­sist the needs of the school chil­dren for their ed­u­ca­tion.

Through SPPI, ICCP Group also helps fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als by con­duct­ing liveli­hood pro­grams to help them turn their skills and abil­i­ties into a prof­itable business. From rag mak­ing, food carts, and other small busi­nesses, peo­ple have learned how to be more pro­duc­tive and prop­erly in­vest their time and re­sources.

Ba­sic Ser­vices

One of the long­est run­ning and most suc­cess­ful pro­grams of the com­pany are its char­i­ta­ble mis­sions and ba­sic med­i­cal and den­tal pro­grams to poor fam­i­lies in dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties.

Also, in Barangay La Mesa in Calamba, where LISP II is lo­cated, SPPI do­nated water sup­ply sys­tem to help the peo­ple have a clean and sta­ble water sup­ply. SPPI in­dus­trial parks also have re­li­able fire­fight­ing equip­ment to en­sure the safety of the en­tire com­mu­nity.

ICCP Group sees its cor­po­rate cit­i­zen­ship role as a com­mit­ment to having a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence within the com­mu­ni­ties it op­er­ates. “Be­ing a re­spon­si­ble com­pany, we are aware of our abil­ity to in­flu­ence the com­mu­ni­ties as a so­cio-eco­nomic and re­gional plat­form for ad­vance­ment. Our res­i­den­tial and in­dus­trial es­tate lo­ca­tions con­sti­tute an eco­nomic and so­cial growth en­gine in the de­vel­op­ment of th­ese ar­eas,” Luchangco stresses.

Min­i­miz­ing Our En­vi­ron­men­tal Foot­print

The most im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion of ICCP in the so­ci­ety is its strong and con­tin­u­ous in­volve­ment in en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. Th­ese sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment ef­forts are done as part of its sin­cere com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment.

In­dus­trial es­tates un­der SPPI have al­ways main­tained a well-pro­tected en­vi­ron­ment for light to medium in­dus­tries with clean and non-pol­lut­ing, en­vi­ron­ment-friendly man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions, as well as sup­port in­dus­tries. Be­cause of its un­re­lent­ing ef­forts to em­power lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and its strong ad­vo­cacy to the en­vi­ron­ment, SPPI has re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards and recog­ni­tions from renowned or­ga­ni­za­tions. The Philip­pine Eco­nomic Zone Au­thor­ity (PEZA) awarded SPPI for its out­stand­ing role in com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment work and en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment. It was also the first de­vel­oper of in­dus­trial es­tates to have achieved ISO 9002 and 14001 sta­tus in the coun­try. It also has the OHSAS 18001 for oc­cupa-

tional health and safety man­age­ment. Water Stew­ard­ship

Among the most re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tions of ICCP Group to the en­vi­ron­ment is its cen­tral­ized waste water treat­ment plant project, which it pi­o­neered in the coun­try. SPPI’s in­dus­trial parks in Cabuyao, Calamba, Sto. To­mas, Batan­gas, and Cebu main­tain waste water treat­ment plants that process ef­flu­ents with up to 1,000 Bi­o­log­i­cal Oxy­gen De­mand, with a com­bined ca­pac­ity of 12,000 cu­bic me­ters per day. This strin­gent process en­sures that the waste­water it dis­charges meets, and in many cases ex­ceeds, stan­dards set by lo­cal reg­u­la­tions.

Since SPPI’s suc­cess­ful de­vel­op­ment of th­ese waste water treat­ment plants, it has now be­come a re­quire­ment of PEZA to other in­dus­trial es­tates to set up this fa­cil­ity.

Pi­o­neer­ing Green Ini­tia­tives

The ICCP Group has also ac­tively en­cour­aged com­mu­ni­ties in its in­dus­trial es­tates and prop­erty de­vel­op­ments to get in­volved with its green ini­tia­tives. Among SPPI’s projects are house­hold scale con­tainer or­ganic veg­etable rais­ing in sup­port to sup­ple­men­tal feed­ing in Cabuyao, as well as the re­cy­cling of PEP bot­tles and pots and lo­cally avail­able or­ganic ma­te­ri­als that are mostly col­lected from kitchen wastes.

Be­cause it makes sure that ev­ery­one in the in­dus­trial park lives by the SPPI’s mis­sion of de­vel­op­ing world-class and en- vi­ron­ment-friendly in­dus­trial es­tates, it also makes sure that the clean­li­ness and green­ness of the en­tire prop­erty is well­main­tained. SPPI em­ploys its en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment sys­tem, which in­volves air qual­ity man­age­ment, waste re­source man­age­ment, waste water treat­ment, solid waste man­age­ment, as­so­ci­a­tion of pollution con­trol of­fi­cers, and en­vi­ron­men­tal out­reach pro­grams.

To en­sure that it fol­lows proper en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards, SPPI does not al­low smoke-belch­ing ve­hi­cles and pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles in its prop­erty. Ev­ery in­dus­trial park of SPPI has e-shut­tles for em­ploy­ees to make sure that they avoid air and noise pollution in the en­tire com­pound.

“We reg­u­larly set up our pollution con­trol equip­ment to check smoke emis­sion of ve­hi­cles com­ing in our in­dus­trial parks,” says Luchangco.

SPPI also en­sures that com­pa­nies that set up their fa­cil­i­ties in its in­dus­trial parks fol­low en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards, and it reg­u­larly as­sesses the per­for­mance of ev­ery com­pany in its parks. Luchangco adds, “We have to turn down com­pa­nies that don’t qual­ify un­der our stan­dards.”

En­cour­ag­ingly, SPPI has also at­tracted sup­port from dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions and lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

For Pue­blo de Oro De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion , the res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial prop­erty de­vel­op­ment arm of the ICCP Group, green ini­tia­tives such as reg­u­lar tree plant­ing for­ays and preser­va­tion of its 40-hectare ur­ban rain­for­est in Ca­gayan de Oro en­sure that all prop­er­ties and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments are pre­served and pro­tected.

More­over, qual­ity and re­spon­si­ble en­gi­neer­ing has made all of Pue­blo de Oro’s de­vel­op­ments flood-free. Pue­blo de Oro took the pre­cau­tion of having a flood water study con­ducted prior to com­menc­ing its de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in San Fer­nando, Pam­panga, thus, spend­ing close to P150 mil­lion to el­e­vate its 30-hectare res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity by 1.5 to 2 me­ters above its orig­i­nal level and in­tro­duce an ef­fi­cient drainage sys­tem that al­lows rain­wa­ter to spread through dif­fer­ent canals and freely run off. In ad­di­tion, Pue­blo de Oro town­ship in Ca­gayan de Oro has built an out­flow and de­ten­tion pond in the lower por­tion of the Town­ship to con­tain water runoff from the plateau to the val­ley be­fore dis­per­sal into the creeks, thus help­ing pro­tect the ar­eas down­hill from flood­ing.

It is be­cause of th­ese ini­tia­tives, which the Com­pany had adopted from the time it be­gan de­vel­op­ing its res­i­den­tial projects al­most two decades back, that its res­i­dents con­tinue to en­joy a safe, worry-free life­style in an en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive to rais­ing a fam­ily.

ICCP Group con­tin­ues to be­come the stan­dard model of wholis­tic en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­grams for in­dus­tries and lo­ca­tors to be able to more ef­fi­ciently per­form their op­er­a­tions in a sus­tain­able man­ner. Also, a stronger com­mit­ment to im­ple­ment­ing mean­ing­ful com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment pro­grams like the ini­tia­tives of the ICCP Group mark a sig­nif­i­cant step to­ward achiev­ing a more pros­per­ous and health­ier fu­ture.

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