We recognize the important role that physical infrastructure plays in contributing to economic development; it is clearly a vital prerequisite for continuing prosperity in host communities. We also believe that sustainable development is a goal that emphasizes a long-term and generational perspective, integrating economic, environmental, social and cultural dimensions. As such, we pursue our infrastructure initiatives as one of the Company’s Quadrants of Development, and consider the impact of infrastructure on other aspects of well-being. The underlying belief is that well-conceived infrastructure can make significant improvements in other dimensions of sustainability.
For instance, our participation in the building of bridges and the improvement of roads linking Canatuan to R.T. Lim town in the west and Siocon town in the east has not only helped open economic opportunities for people in Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay, but also provided greater access to education and health services that were difficult to come by in previous years. This infrastructure has likewise allowed for better social interaction among the citizens of the Zamboanga Peninsula, a mix of Muslim, Subanon and Christian cultures.
We will continue building infrastructure in the communities where we operate, mindful of its impact on all dimensions of sustainable development.