FOTON PH SUPPORTS PLDT-SMART FOUNDATION’S GABAY GURO ADVOCACY




From automotive innovations, dealership expansions, to extracurricular inclinations such as participating in international volleyball leagues, and collaborating with numerous Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arms, FOTON Philippines has been taking part of the lead in these diversified horizons.

 

One of the many initiatives of United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. (UAAGI), the official distributor of FOTON vehicles in the Philippines, is its major support to the PLDT-Smart Foundation.

 

Every year, PLDT-Smart Foundation holds the Gabay Guro Teacher Fest – the most-awaited tribute attended by more than a hundred thousand teachers coming from various regions across the country. This gathering serves a “sit-back-and-relax” day for the modern-day heroes as they enjoy overflowing treats while watching live performances of popular personalities in the entertainment industry. Prizes were also given away via raffle draw.

 

Since 2015, FOTON Philippines has been donating one of their sought-after vehicles, the Gratour MiniVan, for the Gabay Guro Teacher Fest’s raffle draw.

 

UAAGI and FOTON Philippines President Rommel Sytin shared, “We salute the teachers’ courage and perseverance, and we’d like to help them overcome mobility challenges with vehicles that could improve the quality of their lives. In this aspect, the Gratour MiniVan will be an efficient contributor.”

 

Gratour MiniVan

 

The Gratour MiniVan is one of the car and truck brand’s best-selling vehicle due to its built functionality. It is usually used for transport, carpool services and even deliveries of goods. It’s also a perfect family van as it can comfortably sit up to 7 passengers.

 

In terms of convenience, the 7-seater Gratour boasts of its 5 doors, 2 of them are side sliding, which enable passengers to load without difficulty. Its third row seats are foldable which gives more space for the passengers’ baggage.

 

Apart from its wide interiors, also highlighting the minivan are safety and security features such as 3-point seatbelts, driver’s seatbelt reminder, rear hopper windows, common and central locks plus a remote control key.

 

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2015 PLDT Smart-Foundation Gabay Guro Teacher’s Fest Grand Raffle Winner Mr. Paciano Salting won a brand new 7-seater Gratour MiniVan

 

FOTON Philippines first gave a brand new FOTON Gratour MiniVan as a raffle prize for Gabay Guro’s Teacher Fest 2015. The raffle draw winner, Mr. Paciano Salting, is a public school teacher from Nueva Ecija.

 

Since Salting resides in the rural area, it was difficult for his family to travel and go out of their town. But now, with the FOTON Gratour MiniVan, they have already been visiting various places including Metro Manila as it is suitable even for hundred-kilometer drives.

“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa pagkakataong binigay ng FOTON upang magkaroon kami ng sasakyan. Napakalaking tulong po ng Gratour sa pamumuhay ng aming pamilya.” said Salting. “Bukod sa nakakapunta kami sa mga lugar na ‘di pa namin nararating, nagagamit rin naming ang Gratour bilang sasakyang pangkabuhayan.”

 

The following year, once again, FOTON donated a unit of the Gratour MiniVan to the Gabay Guro’s Teacher Fest. The 2016 raffle draw winner was Ms. Angelica Zamora, a public school teacher from Atimonan, Quezon province.

 

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2016 Gabay Guro raffle draw winner is Ms. Angelica Zamora

 

Since she received the Gratour, her family’s lifestyle has become much easier and convenient. “Biyaya sa akin ang Gratour. Simula po noong nagkaroon kami nito, hindi na po naming kinailangan mag-rent ng van sa tuwing luluwas kami sa bayan.” exclaimed Zamora.

 

She added, “Dahil sa pinagkaloob nilang sasakyan, natuto akong magdrive at naging mas bonded kami ng pamilya ko. Nakakatulong din ako sa mga co-teachers ko dahil sa halip na magcommute sila tuwing may event sa school, ang Gratour na ang nagsisilbing service namin.” she gratefully said.

 

“Gabay Guro’s advocacy of supporting teachers as a way of giving back for all their hard work in mentoring today’s youth aligns with our company’s beliefs. In FOTON, we’re continuously coming out with new products and services in order to enhance our support for Gabay Guro and other partners.” noted FOTON Philippines Executive Vice President Anna Maria Parado.

 

“Our team is very thankful because thru this project, we’re able to touch their lives. These heroic educators are powerful inspirations for Filipinos of all ages.” FOTON Philippines President Rommel Sytin closed.

 

Aiming to be a catalyst to improve the Filipino families and businesses, FOTON Philippines commits to continue extending their company’s helping hands for the development of the Filipino community through its wide array of vehicles.