In April 2016, Knowles Philippines (KEP) achieved a historic milestone, winning two national awards for Outstanding Community Project and Outstanding Environmental Performance (Large Enterprise Category) from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority for its unique and significant initiatives that made a difference in the community where Knowles operates (Cebu).
As the only company from the Visayas and Mindanao regions recognized during the PEZA Investors’ Night on April 14, KEP Managing Director Joseph Emmanuel Liwag proudly accepted both awards from His Excellency, President Benigno Aquino III, Department of Trade & Industry Secretary Adrian Cristobal and PEZA Director General Lilia de Lima at the World Trade Center Complex in Manila.
KEP was recognized for Outstanding Community Project for our Adopt-a-School project with First High School for the Hearing Impaired (FHS HI), asecondary school that caters to 28 hearing-impaired children. KEP assisted in the renovation of the FHSHI school building, provided school equipment and appliances, such as printers, mobile chairs, electric fans and other school supplies that made the environment more conducive for learning. KEP also sponsored FHSHI school activities and gift giving during Christmas. In December 2015, KEP facilitated the fitting and donation of hearing aids to the children which improved their quality of life. Since 2012, KEP has reached out to the Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan victims, the beneficiaries of the DSWD, the Little Bamboo Foundation, the Lapu-Lapu District Hospital and the Home Care Center for the Children.
Additionally, KEP was recognized for our projects to protect and preserve the environment. Since 2012, the Company partnered with Philippine Business for Social Progress and adopted five hectares of land for annual tree planting. To support the Company’s commitment to conduct coastal clean-up, mangrove and tree planting along Barangay Umapad to preserve the water quality and marine life in the Mactan Channel, KEP partners with the DENR, the EMB and the City of Mandau.
While, its footprint in Cebu is relatively new, KEP has already succeeded in instilling a strong spirit of volunteerism and engagement in its employees as part of its Adopt-A-Water Body program. KEP also plants thousands of mangrove propagules in Lapu-Lapu and Cordova. Other notable company-initiated projects include the water recycling at the plant’s annealing area, vermi-composting using grease trap wastes from the cafeteria, energy conservation through the installation and conversion of the ventilation fans to Variable Frequency Drive and the use of LED lighting.