Thai national Wisarn Chawalitanon, President of the PTT Philippines, rallied the public to promote environmental protection and preserve the Mother Earth, saying this is not only the PTT’s advocacy but also as a form of their company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
“Some of you maybe asking why the PTT has to take the lead in an event like this. And our answer is ‘Why not’? I am speaking here in behalf of PTT in the Philippines or in general, to promote environmental protection and preservation not only through advocacy but as a form of CSR to protect the environment which is the core of our program,” said Chawalitanon.
Citing Thailand, Chawalitanon pointed out that “PTT has always been on the forefront of many environmental activities which we do in partnership with the national government. This is the same thing we are trying to duplicate in the Philippines.”
Saying that PTT investment in the country is just small, Chawalitanon expressed optimism, however, that their company becomes eventually bigger and will create a greater impact here, adding “their vision is to promote the general welfare of the environment and the people.”
For his part, Gov. Garcia said in a speech read for him by Dr. Alberto Venturina,PENRO Head expressed gratitude to PTT, the men and women behind the summit, saying Bataan is honored to have been chosen as the venue of the laudable undertaking.
Garcia was not able to attend the summit for attending an earlier commitment, but Dennis Cuarto, PTT consultant, said that the governor has provided all the necessary support leading to the success of the event.
The governor said that we cannot stop climate change, prevent typhoons, detect earthquakes, “but we cannot just wait situations like these to get out of hand before we act, simply because these are acts of nature.”
He said they converted the Sunrise Paper mills compound into Disaster command post for quick response during calamities and emergencies, as he cited the three-day Basic Incident Command system training course in nearby Subic for continuous development and systematic approach to reduce risks and casualties
Recently, Chawalitanon led his staff, together with Gov. Garcia, in planting trees along the SCTEx in Hermosa and Morong town, the first ever foreign investor to initiate such activities here.
Among the speakers were Undersecretary Neric Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environmental protection; Yeb Sano, Climate Change commissioner; Egay Maranan, Biotechnology expert; former SBMA chairman Felicito Payumo, Jiose Ma. Lorenzo Tan, Wildlife fun, among others.