AE Team | September 11, 2017
In line with the Aboitiz Group’s sustainability mindset and practice, Aboitiz Power Renewables, Inc, (APRI) pilots the PATOK initiative among its host public schools in Makban. The participating schools are: Bitin National High School, San Jose National High School, and San Pedro National High School.
PaToK (pronounced pa-tok) Race to Reduce means reduction of use of paper (Pa for Papel), water (T for Tubig) and electricity (K for Kuryente). The project is aligned with the resource efficiency, waste
management and carbon emissions reduction focus areas of the Planet pillar of the Aboitiz BetterWorld framework.
Race to Reduce is a flagship project under the Environment Program which engages the Aboitiz team members to practice reuse, reduce, and recycle with the aim of influencing them to consciously minimize their carbon footprint. The next major leap is to influence the communities where our businesses are located. And we start with you, our host public high schools in APRI Makban. You are the pioneer schools in the country participating in this project. -Warren Maralit, Vice President for Facility Management
Involving public high school students in the project allows Aboitiz to engage meaningfully with its young stakeholders, fostering a culture of environmental stewardship among the youth and future generations. The project aims to cultivate a culture of environmental consciousness in our communities and teach the beneficiaries on how to measure their carbon footprint.
This initiative is being implemented in partnership with Aboitiz Foundation, the Department of Education Divisions of Batangas and Laguna, and the host local government units of Bitin, San Pedro and San Jose.
Kami sa Deped ay sumusuporta sa proyektong ito. Ito ay maganda para sa mga paaralan, komunidad at pati na rin sa mga kartig-bayan. Se Deped may “paperless” policy na kami kay ito ay tutugma sa lyunin ng PaToK. Lagi po tayong magkapit-bisig para sa pagpapa-unlad sa ating mga kabataan (We, in Deped, support this project, which is beneficial for the schools, the community and even the neighboring towns. The paper conservation challenge is very much aligned with our paperless policy. Let us always work together so we can educate our students on environmentalism for their progress). – Felizardo Bolańos, Assistant Superintendent, Deped Batangas Province Division
Challenges will run for three months from September to November where a major race to reduce task will be performed. The school with the highest points at the end of the challenges will be declared as the PaToK Public Schools Race to Reduce Champion 2017.