September 14, 2020

PLDT Inc. (PLDT), together with its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) were granted the 2020 Sustainability Initiative of the Year Award by US-based Business Intelligence Group (BIG) for their environmental stewardship program, Gabay Kalikasan.

Leveraging on digital technology

Aimed at boosting environmental stewardship and helping communities curb the effects of climate change, Gabay Kalikasan was launched by PLDT and Smart during the 2019 National Climate Change Awareness Month. The event coincided with PLDT’s 91st anniversary, and the institutionalization of PLDT Group’s Chief Sustainability Office.  

Gabay Kalikasan’s initiatives leverage on digital technology and PLDT-Smart’s network in order to help protect and conserve Philippine rainforests, mangroves, marine life, and peatlands. Projects in the pipeline include green merchandising and renewable energy for cellsite infrastructures.  

“We at PLDT-Smart believe that everything is interconnected when it comes to the environment, and that business response to climate change issues will have an effect on how the present and future generations will live their lives,” says PLDT Group Chief Sustainability Officer Chaye A. Cabal-Revilla.  

“Through Gabay Kalikasan, PLDT-Smart aim to raise the awareness of both employees and the public on the need to protect the environment, to pursue energy-efficient initiatives in operating our business, and to balance profitable operations and the need to join massive global efforts to address climate change,” she expounds.

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