Effective Environmental Stewardship

We continue to invest in large-scale, resource-intensive infrastructure because they are essential in achieving the country’s growth targets and ensuring better economic outcomes for more Filipino households. However, they come with related environmental costs that deplete vital resources. Balancing our country’s escalating demand for high-quality infrastructure with our vision of a flourishing natural environment is a daunting challenge that requires entrepreneurial insight and daring. We at MPIC are up to the task.

Key Initiatives

Spectrum

Established in 2016 to solidify Meralco’s renewable energy presence, mSpectrum, Inc. (Spectrum) has since taken solar panel market leadership by completing projects with total installed capacity of 17 MW nationwide. Meralco has been responsible for energizing two barangays and 154 households in Cagbalete Island, a popular tourist destination in Quezon, using a solarpowered microgrid, featuring a 60 kWp solar PV and a 30 kW Battery Energy Storage System.

MGREEN

MGen Renewable Energy, Inc. (MGREEN) has been developing, constructing, and operating utility-scale solar, wind, and run-of-river hydro power projects. Its target is to build a green energy portfolio of 1,000-MW installed capacity over the next five to seven years. Among its current projects are the 50-MW solar farm in Bulacan, which is expected to operate commercially by the first quarter of 2021 after being delayed by the pandemic. Through MGREEN and other related initiatives, Meralco is expected to become a driving force in the renewable energy sector in the Philippines.

Fleet management program

Consists of Green Mobility which aims to electrify Meralco’s vehicle fleet with eMotorcycles, eCars, and eUtility vehicles; Clean Fleet Management Program which educates its transport workers on fuel efficient driving practices; and the 5S of Good Housekeeping Program which ensures that only essential materials and tools are transported during official trips.

eSakay, Inc.

eSakay, one of Meralco’s subsidiaries, aims to provide a cleaner mode of transport in the Philippines.

Compared to traditional jeepneys, an eSakay vehicle services up to 40 passengers per trip, uses an automated fare collection system and GPS tracking, provides free WIFI and charging ports for convenience, and is equipped with CCTV.

At present, eSakay runs a fleet of 61 e-jeepneys which served 468,802 passengers in 2020.

Be Carbon Conscious

As part of Maynilad’s proposed Carbon Management Plan, this internal program aims to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations through information and education. It was delivered through email via Employee News, the program gave tips on conserving paper, fuel, and electricity.

Kabilin and Handumanan

At the heart of GBP’s environmental programs are its carbon sink forestry projects aptly named Kabilin and Handumanan, meaning legacy in Cebuano and Hiligaynon, respectively.

Kabilin has planted new trees in the Malubog Watershed Area in Cebu which is the water supply source of Toledo City and other neighboring areas. Handumanan, on the other hand, has planted new trees within the West Visayas State University (WVSU) reservation in Lambunao, Iloilo. The project also serves as a laboratory area for WVSU’s College of Agriculture and Forestry.

NLEX Tullahan River Cleanup

Launched in 2010, NLEX Corporation and about 100 volunteers from Barangay Talipapa (Quezon City), Barangay Ugong (Valenzuela), and Barangay 164 (Caloocan) regularly conduct cleanup drives in the 1.5-km stretch of the Tullahan River.

Greening the NLEX Program

MPTC has planted more than 61,000 Bougainvilleas along Segment 2 and it has been a steady sight along NLEX especially during summer when they are in full bloom. Aside from enhancing the road’s aesthetics, it also contributes to cleaner air and healthier ecology along the expressway by reducing carbon emissions from vehicles.

Vertical Gardens

With support from First Balfour-MRail, LRMC installed metal frames around two LRT-1 pillars in Manila, transforming these dull concrete columns into new vertical gardens. These green columns are found between Central Station and Manila City Hall along Natividad-Lopez Street.

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