Housing developer partners with environmentalist group, LGUs on marine conservation

April 28, 2009 11:39 pm 

ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL, April 28 — The Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI), a housing developer which opens an upscale resort residences in this island city, is working with environment stakeholders to preserve and protect the marine life within project's coastline in the Davao Region.

FLI vice president for Visayas and Mindanao regional operations Tristan Las Marias said the Kembali Coast Residential Beach Resort project has a good dive site and boast of its marine sanctuary life.

He said it is part of FLI's corporate social responsibility in coming up with environmentally concept projects of preserving and protecting marine sanctuaries.

The marine resources project is an attraction in the area and for a start, they had launched a photo exhibit of the marine resources taken by professional photographers.

He said proceeds of the exhibit will be turned to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that spearheads the conservation program in the area in coordination with the local government of Samal City.

Initially, Marias said, they were briefed by the local government units (LGUs) on the damage of marine resources through dynamite fishing and hopefully, with the concerted effort of stakeholders, there will be sustainable rehabilitation of the resources.

He said details of the project are not yet known to them but FLI is supporting the project that will restore and improve the marine sanctuary in Kaputian, Samal.

Among the photos on display during the exhibit at Marco Polo Davao on Saturday, March 25, were taken by John Neri, certified dive inspector of Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) who donated the butanding pictures.

Cebu-based Erwin Lim, a dentist in profession and well-renowned photographer who contributes to Mabuhay Magazine (the in-flight magazine of Philippine Airlines and others), won numerous photography awards the recent one include Best Photo in the Association of South East Asian Nations Tourism Association, grand prize in the Sinulog 2008 photo contest and awards across three categories in the Sinulog 2009 photo contest.

Sylvie Rodriguez, a French national who spends lots of time in the Philippines where she indulges her hobbies as a diver and photographer discovered in Kembali an incredible diversity, like a nursery of different kinds of animals from babies to adult-sized.

Hitoshi Onozawa, a Japanese national who comes from family of divers and started diving in 1964, has been into underwater photography for the last 40 years and underwater videography for the last 30 years.

He specializes in underwater photos particularly in Davao and Cebu areas but has been diving all over Philippines and Asia.

Meanwhile, Las Marias said they are into the second phase of the Kembali project and had been receiving numerous inquiries especially from expats in General Santos City.

He said the Phase 1 is 70 percent developed and ready to receive construction of houses, even as he said that basic requirements like power is now in place while water is about to be completed.

He said they see to it that the Kembali project is environmentally friendly, saying that water from residences goes to a treatment plant before it goes to the drain and the water must pass the standard and acceptable to the Environment Bureau.

On the other hand, Las Marias said part of the project is to rebuild the sandscape by building water breaker to prevent the sand from being washed out.

Also part of the plan is the putting in of wellness center like spa for the homeowners and their guests aside from the aquasport that has already been installed in Kembali.

Transportation is by speed boat and all the residents have to do is book their schedule that will ferry them from Davao City jetty in Sasa to Kembali with travel time of 30 minutes.

Las Marias said the target of Kembali Coast, a high-end/leisure residence project, is the upper-middle to upper class beach enthusiasts who are in the market for their second home or guesthouse, retirees who would love to quietly spend their days caring for their farms, businessmen and professionals who would need a place to unwind and/or entertain guests.

It follows an Asia-Balinese development within a 50-hectare property that also has forest parks and campsites, a beach activity area, aqua sports facilities, marketing areas with community features of concrete roads with street lights, side walks, electrical/water connections, perimeter fence, gate and guardhouse, landscaping, combined storm drainage system and seawage line and seawage treatment facility, he said. (PNA) LDV/DDB/lvp

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