I have always been an advocate for agriculture and the importance of agriculture to the value chain. For one such developer, championing agriculture and real-estate development in Mindanao has been their priority.
Primarily an agricultural region, Mindanao traces its heritage to its rich lands and world-class produce. For many years, this region has fed thousands all over the country, and boosted the economy of the south, earning the name “Food Basket of the Philippines.” The region alone is responsible for producing 40 percent of the country’s food needs, 30 percent of the country’s food trade and is home to millions of agricultural workers.
Growing alongside the region for decades now is one property developer that has constantly honored the region’s heritage and integrated the agricultural DNA in its projects. The company has created real-estate masterpieces designed for sustainability, and developed various innovative projects intended to house agricultural amenities for their diverse market.
Considered as a homegrown property developer of the south, Damosa Land Inc. has been a competitive player of the real-estate industry in Mindanao since the early 2000s. Boasting of Peza-accredited properties and master-planned townships predicated on agriculture, DLI has pioneered residential, commercial and industrial developments that have impacted and revolutionized the real-estate sector of the south, and nurtured the lives of the people in their community.
In a recent bid to build a heritage-embedded space for the community, DLI has launched the country’s first-ever “agropolis:” an agritourism property that houses hectares of land dedicated to promoting the tourism of Mindanao, educating the next generation of agricultural experts, showcasing the region’s natural wealth and ingraining the importance of agriculture to their market.
Capitalizing on the strong growth of the region, we continue to aim to gain a stronger foothold in the region by offering a development that would cater to the needs of the community,” DLI Head Ricardo “Cary” Floirendo Lagdameo said.
“The south is the focal point of agriculture in the Philippines, however, there are a few agritourism projects that entice local and international tourists to visit the region. We saw it as an opportunity for us to capitalize on its wealth and establish a go-to agritourism zone where anyone across the country can experience the richness of Mindanao’s lands.” he added.
Agriya, which is located in Panabo City, 30 minutes away from Davao City, features 88 hectares of residential, commercial, institutional and agritourism developments. Each component offers unique amenities that can impart agricultural familiarity and proficiency to its respective target market.
Living in Agriya
Thirty-five percent of Agriya’s land area will be dedicated to homeowners who can now impart the region’s agricultural heritage to their everyday life. Through its sustainable urban farming feature, this enables Agriya’s residents to produce their own crops in their backyard. These products, in turn, can be personally used by them, or can be marketed through the help of DLI.
Twenty-one hectares of terrain were developed for the first phase of the residential area. This land mass is divided into two subdivisions, the first one being Ameria. Patterned after the California mission style architecture, Ameria will have bungalows and two-story house models, accentuated with amenities, such as a village clubhouse, multipurpose hall, swimming pool, open parks, pocket gardens and playgrounds.
The master-planned mixed-use development would not be complete without the presence of commercial establishments. As such, Agriya will be showcasing a commercial arcade which will stretch for 21,000 square meters, and will be dominantly composed of the Food and Beverage industry to cater to the needs of DLI’s market. Boutique hotels, a church, a boating lagoon, jogging and bike paths, picnic areas, open parks and gardens are some of the offerings of the commercial arcade that will service both the residents of Agriya, and the local and international tourists of the property’s agritourism component.