As a catalyst for change and social responsibility, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) top executive and chief financial officer Chaye Cabal-Revilla is truly a cut above the rest. After all, she is the only Filipina to win the prestigious Campaign’s Women Leading Change Awards for Asia-Pacific.

Her innate compassion, leadership, and heart for service managed to prove her commitment to excellence with all the distinctions and awards she has been receiving as a proven trailblazer in the field of sustainability. It’s no wonder that the MPIC Chief Finance, Risk, and Sustainability Officer’s unrivaled competency in her field of professional expertise have landed her key corporate positions starting from the enclaves of telco giants PLDT and Smart.

Finance expert. Sustainability maverick. Chaye is indeed a rare breed.

Chaye has marked her niche through years of hard work. She studied grade school and high school in Cebu. Her time as a student in Colegio de la Immaculada Concepcion-Cebu sparked in her the values that drive her unending pursuit of compassionate service and social commitment through sustainable development. She finished her accounting degree at De La Salle University in 1989 and earned her Master of Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management. She also attended the Executive Education Program of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Recently, she was distinguished as the only winner from the Philippines in Campaign’s Women Leading Change Awards for Asia-Pacific. This award recognizes Chaye among the outstanding women who lead, inspire, and motivate greatness in their respective fields from the Asia-Pacific countries.

Catalyst for change

As the first Chief Sustainability officer of the country’s leading infrastructure investment company, she has truly proven herself as a catalyst for change towards advancing sustainable development goals and driving strategic growth.

This award comes on the heels of another distinction where she became part of the Prince of Wales’ Global CFO Leadership Network and the only Filipino and only woman to join the founding members of the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Asia Pacific Chapter.

The A4S was established in 2004 by Charles, the Prince of Wales, to “make sustainable business, business as usual.” The organization works with the finance and accounting community to inspire finance leaders to adopt sustainable and resilient business models, transform financial decision-making to reflect the opportunities and risks posed by the climate crisis and other EESG issues, and scale up action to transition to a sustainable economy.

She was also the only Filipina awarded as one of the Woman Super Achievers at the 5th World Women Leadership Congress in Mumbai, India.

Passion projects

Early on, when “sustainability” or “sustainable development” were only buzz words pushed by world leaders, Chaye formed Gabay Guro, a passion project involving friends that started in 2007 and had since become a by-word for the pursuit of excellence among teachers. It is the education arm and flagship program of MVP Group of Companies’ “Gabay Advocacies for a Sustainable Philippines” that tirelessly aims to help build the nation “one teacher at a time.”

Gabay Guro has changed the face of education advocacy with a fresh approach to the pillars of learning – scholarships for over 52 partner schools for teaching degrees, housing, and educational facilities, training, livelihood programs, broadband computerization, and teachers’ tributes. There are over 2,000 Gabay Guro scholars across the country, with an extremely high percentage of graduates, most of whom graduate with honors.

It was in 2019 when she wore the hat as chief sustainability officer of PLDT, a role that led her to launch various sustainability programs such as the environmental stewardship program Gabay Kalikasan. Since then, she has gotten more colleagues and employees involved in multiple projects, getting their unwavering support in pushing sustainability as one of the core pillars of the company.

Though the work of pushing for sustainability has its fair share of challenges in the corporate set-up, Chaye bravely pressed on, knowing that the responsibility of ensuring a sustainable world falls largely on the shoulders of the world’s enterprises. She and her team took baby steps to gradually integrate sustainability programs into the company’s operations.

Always intent on making a difference, Chaye is a strong advocate for, the country’s fastest-growing health app, which provides doctor consultations with affordable scheme and provides help in this challenging time of the pandemic, where users are allowed to pay less through its acclaimed Healthsaver’s Plan for online doctor consultations 24/7. mWell also serves as a wellness guide and was recently honored in Singapore as the Best Initiative in Technological Innovation in The Asset ESG Corporate Awards, one of the world’s leading and longest-running honors in the environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) space.

Through sheer grit and hard work, Chaye has earned the distinction of a true blue sustainability trailblazer for her ability to create programs and policies for a greener future and integrate sustainability in business to achieve significant progress in preserving and protecting the people and the planet.