The Metro Pacific Tollways South Management Corporation (MPT South) received the LEED Gold Certification for its headquarters, MPT South Hub. MPT South is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the toll road development arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC).
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a worldwide recognized symbol of green building excellence. LEED certification ensures lower electricity costs, lower carbon emissions, and better living, working, learning, playing, and worshiping environment.
MPTC South Hub Design
MPT South Hub earned a LEED Gold Certification for its outstanding use of sustainable design and construction techniques, earning 66 points. It occupies a 5,237 sqm., four-story building in Imus, Cavite.
It features a biophilic design with plenty of natural light and ventilation, as well as a full view of the outdoors. With the use of advanced water-efficient fixtures and rainwater harvesting, the HUB uses at least 40% less indoor water and 50% less outdoor water. The building also has an EV charging station for the company’s e-vehicles, as it plans to convert its fleet to EVs as its vehicles reach attrition. It’s also the first MPTC infrastructure to receive LEED certification.
Green Business Accreditation Inc. (GBCI), the USGBC’s unit that administers LEED, awarded MPT South the certification after a technical review, verification, and certification in a virtual ceremony. Manny V. Pangilinan, MPIC Chairman and President, MPTC President and CEO Rodrigo E. Franco, MPTC Chief Finance Officer and Senior Executive Sponsor, Mr. Christopher C. Lizo, and MPT South President and General Manager, Mr. Roberto V. Bontia, and First Vice President for Tollway Development and Engineering, Arturo H. Monge, all received the certification.
President and CEO Rodrigo E. Franco says MPTC is dedicated to increasing sustainability.
“MPTC is committed to advancing sustainability. We are extremely honored to have one of our facilities certified by a world-renowned body as a green building. This inspires us to continue the implementation of our infrastructure projects with the least disruption to the communities and the environment,” said Rodrigo E. Franco, MPTC President, and Chief Executive Officer.
Christopher C. Lizo, MPTC CFO and executive sponsor for sustainability, also added that it has integrated energy-efficient and resource-saving technologies while keeping a high level of road safety measures along CALAX. Existing CALAX toll plazas have been equipped with rooftop solar panels that power its operations. LED fixtures are used in roadway lighting systems, improving energy efficiency.
Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan, Chairman and President of MPIC, congratulated MPTC on its achievement.
“Attaining a LEED Gold Certification for MPT South Hub is no easy feat, and so for that I would like to extend my congratulations to our MPTC team. It is a testament as to how serious our organization is in integrating sustainability in the way we build and operate our businesses, in hope of safeguarding a resilient and sustainable future for generations to come.” said Manny V. Pangilinan.
Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan, the managing director of GBDCI India for Southeast Asia and the Middle East, also complimented MPTC on its achievement.
“I would like to congratulate MPTC on achieving a LEED Gold Certification. LEED is the foremost framework for creating healthy, resilient, and sustainable buildings. It plays a pivotal role in laying the foundation for new buildings in the design phase by providing guidance that connects design principles to corresponding sustainable outcomes. It also helps existing buildings become more efficient and sustainable by suggesting strategic retrofits that lower the emission levels of these structures. At GBCI, we believe sustainability must be at the heart of every business strategy and all initiatives must be implemented to achieve the greatest positive impact for our members and for our future generation. This certification highlights MPTC’s commitment to better the lives of its employees as well as build a sustainable future for generations to come.”
Last year, the tollway company partnered with USAID’s Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL) program to strengthen its sustainability efforts in converting CALAX into a “green highway.”
Other concessions owned by MPTC include the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), the NLEX Connector Road, and the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Cebu, besides CALAX and CAVITEX.
Watch the full video below as MPT South receives its LEED Gold Certification: