Environment, Health and Safety
Meralco manages the economic, environmental, social and governance (EESG) issues of its business in a manner that underpins sustainability. It adopts a globally recognized standard/framework in reporting sustainability and non-financial issues through a separate publication, Meralco’s 2018 Sustainability Report.
In line with this, the Company is committed to provide its customers the best value in energy, products and services. This commitment includes protection of our environment and the promotion of safety and health among its employees and other stakeholders.
As such, the Company promotes safety as a way of life in Meralco by providing a safe and healthy working condition to prevent accidents, injuries and work-related illnesses among its employees and stakeholders and takes action and responsibility on climate change by preventing pollution through the optimization of the use of natural resources, minimization of wastes generated by processes and being an active partner in reforestation.
The Company continually improves its Environment, Health and Safety (ESH) system to be at par with global practices and in doing so, manages the impact of its operations, activities, products and services at all levels of the organization through an effective ESH planning integrated with the Company’s business processes.
Sustainable health and safety programs were developed to bolster safety culture within the Company. Programs were aligned with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) requirements such as incident reporting and recording, basic occupational safety and health training for line supervisors, and accreditation of safety practitioners.
An on-line safety inspection app was developed to empower employees to report hazards in the workplace. The Meralco ESH (environmental safety and health) Management system was recertified with the ISO 141001* and OHSAS 18001 standards.**
Environment related initiatives, all compliant with environmental laws and good governance principles of the Company, are continuing efforts in the path towards a sustainable future.
The initiatives include the “Balik Baterya” program which ensures proper disposal and recycling of used lead acid batteries to prevent pollution; the re-fleeting program which ensures the efficiency of and compliance to emission standards of company-owned vehicles; energy and water conservation, air pollution control, wastewater management; and an the earth day caravan which creates awareness on environmental protection.
In 2018, the “Trash to Cash for a Cause” activity yielded more than 14,000 kilograms (kgs) of recyclable materials while the “Balik Baterya” program was able to turn-over 36,000 kgs of used lead acid batteries for its proper treatment and disposal.
The Company has collaborated and supported Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)’s corporate arm, Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDC), through the proper disposal of hazardous wastes through NRDC’s local treatment plant in Bataan. MERALCO likewise continues to honor its commitment to the DENR by protecting and managing the 927-hectare Meralco Tree Farms located at Rodriguez, Rizal.
MERALCO has also successfully passed the surveillance audit conducted by its third party certifying body on ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System.
The business continuity framework and strategy map was integrated into the organization’s critical business processes. Implemented according to applicable regulatory requirements and standards, the disaster resiliency programs concern the strengthening of emergency response capability, hardening of facilities and electrical infrastructure, material stockpiling, and prepositioning and development of a management system.
The Company successfully submitted its Resiliency Compliance Plan (RCP) to the Department of Energy (DOE) on August 2018 in compliance with the Department Circular 2018-01-0001 also known as the Adoption of Energy Resiliency in the Planning and Programming of the Energy Sector to Mitigate Potential Impacts of Disasters. The business continuity plan of Meralco is regularly reviewed considering the expected impact of “The Big One” as well as the customer requirements for a secure and reliable supply of electric service. A total of 131 earthquake/emergency drills were conducted in all the Company’s operating sites within the franchise area.
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has granted Certificate of Competencies (COC) on Fire Safety Practitioner and Fire Volunteers/Fire Brigade Member to 33 and 31 employees of the Company, respectively.
*ISO 14001 (Environment Management Systems) specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and information about significant environmental aspects. It applies to those environmental aspects that the organization identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence.
**OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management Certification) is an international standard which provides a framework to identify, control and decrease the risks associated with health and safety within the workplace.