Working Towards Future-Proofed Communities
We recognize that Philippine property development is continuously challenged by risks brought about by the nature of its geographic location. As resilience is best seen as the ability to weather these challenging times, Ayala Land continuously develops projects that are able to reduce risks and thrive for generations. To accomplish this, our developments (a) undergo technical due diligence to screen for geohazards and other risks, (b) provide space for refuge and rainwater absorption, and (c) use native plants and trees for landscaping.
Vermosa, for example, takes advantage of the natural terrain to innovate on the use of low-lying areas by allowing these to continue functioning as retention and detention ecosystems during rainy days. The estate’s residents and various visitors will enjoy a network of parks, linear greenways and mini lakes that will allow them to walk or bike around in the everyday course of their lives.
To prepare the site, the estate has established an onsite nursery to care for native trees and plants that will eventually be used for landscaping needs. In late 2015, about 500 employees of Ayala Land gathered to plant 2,500 saplings of seven species of native and endemic trees suitable for urban greening. The estate intends to add more native species in the future. This adds to the 68,022 trees planted and surviving in our managed properties and Nuvali from 2012 to 2014. We are currently accounting for other trees in our other developments to better understand our impact to urban biodiversity.
The strategic locations of open green spaces in the emerging Arca South, Altaraza, Alviera, Circuit Makati, Cloverleaf, Vermosa and Vertis North will provide an additional 372 hectares of native landscaped and vegetated areas. This ensures that future generations have access to open spaces and urban biodiversity.
All these features come together in Ayala Land’s tradition of incorporating open and green areas for refuge, rainwater absorption, and social interaction into its estates and various products.