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Hamilo Coast takes leadership in sustainable practices

In Photo: Santelmo Cove, one of Hamilo Coast’s marine protected areas (MPAs), is also an important site for marine biodiversity, where preservation programs, such as giant-clam seeding and regular reef monitoring, are being sustained.

SM’S premier beach-resort development in Nasugbu, Batangas, has once again received the Bronze Benchmark Status from EarthCheck, the world’s leading environmental management and professional services group for the travel and tourism industry. 

This status recognizes Hamilo Coast’s environmental impact through its commitment in achieving sustainable operations based on global standards. Hamilo Coast received its first certification of a Bronze Benchmark status from EarthCheck in 2015.

Hamilo Coast is a sprawling seaside sanctuary along Nasugbu, Batangas, encompassing three major mountain peaks and 13 coves, three of which are MPAs.

As can be seen in its maiden development, Pico de Loro Cove, the design and architecture of key structures clearly show attention to energy efficiency, use of renewable energy, and proper waste management.

“Sustainability has always been at the forefront of Hamilo Coast’s vision of providing premier beach-resort living in the country, and what better way to realize this vision than being recognized with such a milestone that further intensifies our unfailing commitment to flourishing a sustainable beach-resort community,” stated Shirley C. Ong, executive vice president for Hamilo Coast.

Together with WWF Philippines, coastal and terrestrial resources are also managed to protect and nurture biodiversity. Ongoing projects include mangrove reforestation, pawikan conservation, marine mammal rescue and reef monitoring. Marine sanctuaries have also been created, such as the one in Santelmo Cove, where giant clams are being cultivated.

Pico de Loro Cove is Hamilo Coast’s maiden development. Here, environmental and social sustainability is ensured in its operations to provide premier beach-resort living in the country. Pico de Loro Cove was also declared a MPA.

Such initiatives are also intended to benefit neighboring communities. It is of paramount consideration to Hamilo Coast to enhance not only the areas where they live but their sources of livelihood as well. And, with the assistance of the SM Foundation, community members are involved, motivated and educated to be prime movers themselves of these sustainability efforts.

EarthCheck CEO Steward Moore has said Hamilo Coast has taken a significant leadership position in sustainability.

Moore further added: “I would like to congratulate the whole team on their achievement. Hamilo Coast is an advocate of sustainable tourism that dares to make a difference.”

Hamilo Coast is the SM Group’s premier beach-resort town in Nasugbu, Batangas. Hamilo Coast is now approximately 90 minutes from Manila via Cavitex and the new Ternate-Nasugbu Road. For inquiries, visit www.hamilocoast.com.

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