NLEX Corp. was recognized by the tourism community for its corporate sustainability initiatives and practices aimed at promoting sustainable infrastructure during the Central Luzon Sustainable Tourism Summit held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center last September 26-27.
Attended by officials from Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, the Department of Tourism Region III, and the Tourism Promotions Board, the Summit gathered tourism advocates in the country to re-equip them with knowledge and practices on sustainability to transform tourism into a greener industry through enhanced and innovative environmental practices.
Addressing the topic of Sustainable Infrastructure: Systems and Practices for Inclusive Growth, Metro Pacific Tollways Corp.(MPTC) chief corporate governance and risk officer Atty. Cynthia G. Casiño talked about the vital role of roads in providing meaningful connections to communities in achieving sustainable development goals.
Casiño also discussed how MPTC manages key impacts on the economy, environment, and society by implementing sustainable practices, conducts business ethically, and provides products that bring substantial societal value while remaining future-ready.
“NLEX remains steadfast in the pursuit of its goals and continues to uphold its values that safeguard the environment and stakeholders,” Casiño emphasized, adding that “While our business is to facilitate the flow of goods and services through high quality roads, we believe that the company has a higher purpose in community-building through sustainable practices.”
The MPTC executive also shared the NLEX’s Sustainability Strategic Priorities which include Drive Product Utilization, Build with Least Disruption, Improve Customer Experience, Drive Decarbonization, and Design for Resilience. These priorities reflect NLEX’s dedication to sustainable and responsible practices in its operations, aiming to benefit the environment, society, and its customers.
NLEX stands as an organization that strongly supports the growth of an environmentally conscious tourism industry by actively engaging in sustainable development practices and advancing its own corporate sustainability initiatives.
“Our firm resolve is to drive positive change, reduce our environmental impact and to further integrate sustainability in our operations for the benefit of society and future generations,” said NLEX president J. Luigi L. Bautista.
For years, NLEX has been encouraging green practices and complying with environmental responsibilities as an ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System) certified company. It is also committed to help the Philippines meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals particularly SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing, SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and SDG 13: Climate Action.
The company has incorporated sustainable energy through solar-powered toll plazas, closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and roadway lighting. There are also two rainwater collection systems in SCTEX Floridablanca and Dinalupihan that harvest large volumes of rainwater, which is used for the public restrooms in the said areas.
NLEX is also implementing waste management initiatives and prohibiting single-use plastics inside its premises. It has also set up motion-sensor lights in its offices in Caloocan City, Valenzuela City, Bulacan, and Pampanga to save energy while continuously implements programs like Tullahan River Cleanup and Greening the NLEX-SCTEX in its efforts to help provide clean air on the road.
NLEX Corp. is a subsidiary of MPTC, the toll road arm of the Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC).