Damosa project to`respect’ agricultural heritage: expert

THE agriculture-themed mixed-use project of Damosa Land Inc. will incorporate the agricultural heritage of its host city, Panabo City, the Davao del Norte city adjacent to this city.

Urban planner Karima Patricia Palafox, managing partner and head of urban planning of Palafox Associates, said the design of the Agriya project will showcase agriculture as backbone of the city’s economic growth.

The design of the project, she added, is a banana plant as the founder of the company, the late Don Antonio O. Floirendo, is considered among the pioneers of the export banana production in the region.

Palafox said a huge part of the project will be open spaces that will be used for agri-tourism while the design, which was a result of a study, would put respect on the present characteristics of the place. She cited as example, the fish pond at the lower portion of the project, which will also “be converted into water features for flood controls and amenities.”

“Each cluster from any point in the 88-hectare (development), there are at least 10 land uses and that people are encouraged to walk,” she said, the clusters will be developed as self-sustaining activities that they will all be connected to its center.

She said the types and height of the buildings, as requested by the client, will consider the flexibility of the project because its development will not be limiting in terms of timeline.

The trend now, she said, is for developments like this to be flexible for future growth of the place.

Earlier, Ricardo F. Lagdameo said that the tourism component of the project, which will also have key attractions like ziplines and similar facilities, is set to be completed within the next two years.

Another component of the project is the University of the Philippines-Los Banos Professional Schools in Agriculture and the Environment as the company has donated 31 hectares for the university to develop into its campus.

The university will offer starting in the first semester graduate courses as it is set to spend P271 million in 11 years for the two-phase campus.


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