For communities to be able to support themselves, PTT promotes the Sufficiency Economy principles and develops livable communities by improving residents’ health and building safety awareness within the community. PTT’s community and society development initiatives include:
PTT expanded upon its “84 Tambon” Sufficiency Economy District Learning Centers as place for learning and knowledge sharing on community energy management, under the principles of Sufficiency Economy. PTT also supported community sustainable development in economic, social, and environmental aspects through energy development, such as community energy training courses, model communities on energy sufficiency, developing Sufficiency Economy District Learning Centers, and encouraging energy self-reliance by working with communities in developing alternative energy sources that are suitable for each local area. In 2015, major projects include:
The objective of the Community Biogas System from Pig Farming Project was to form a model community where members are involved in the management of their own energysystems. PTT worked with the Tha Manao community in Tha Manao Sub-district, Chai Badan District, Lopburi Province, to expand upon the community biogas production and transmission system using swine manure, which originally could produce biogas from one farm for use in merely 10 households, to production in four pig farms for 130 households, composed of a pipeline distribution system extending 4,166 meters. For continuous development, the community plans to expand the biogas distribution system to an additional 900 households by 2018 through collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Lopburi Provincial Energy Office.
Owing to the success of this project, the community was awarded the Sub-district Administrative Organization Energy Awards by the Energy Policy and Planning Office, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy. In addition, PTT was awarded the Outstanding State-Owned Enterprise Awards for social and environmental performance by the State Enterprise Policy Office.
Community Energy Training Course
The community energy training course promotes integration of the Sufficiency Economy Policy into community energy management approaches. The course emphasized on developing ways of thinking, planning, and analyzing, and consisted of 3 main subjects: Energy, Energy Management, and Community Development Planning. In 2015, a total of 2 training courses were held for approximately 100 people. Using the knowledge they received, participants were able to develop their own projects through analysis of local capabilities and deliver increased benefits. Example projects include oil production from the dipterocarpus alatus tree in Phi Man Sub-distrcit, Na Kae District, Nakhon Phanom Province, and energy production from garbage processing in Prik Sub-distrcit, Sadao District, Songkhla Province.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herbal Garden
The aim of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herbal Garden Project is to conserve and develop the nation’s natural resources for the next generation. A learning center on Thai herbs was developed on an area of 60 Rai to conserve and pass on local knowledge on herbs. To date, more than 260 species of herbs have been collected. The Herbal Garden also serves as a tourist attraction and rest area for the people of Rayong Province and neighboring provinces, enabling improved qualities of life for Thai society. In 2015, the Herbal Garden received a total of 428,147 visitors.
Livable City Project
PTT enhances the living environment of communities by developing green public spaces and creating healthy natural environments surrounding operational areas, such as by creating protection strips between local communities and PTT’s operations, and establishing Happiness Centers as green spaces and public parks for communities.
PTT supports community health by opening the Pun Num Jai Clinic at PTT Group operational areas for employees and local residents to receive free health check-ups and treatment. PTT also offers mobile medical units to provide health check-ups and treatment for communities in different areas. In addition, PTT promotes community safety by deploying PTT staff to check the LPG tanks in households and educate the community about how to use cooking gas safely as well as basic techniques on how to put out a fire. For transport safety, PTT works with the Department of Land Transport to organize the safe driving program to educate people about vehicle maintenance and safe driving.