THE property development arm of Davao-based Anflocor Group, Damosa Land Inc. (DLI), has added another flagship project to their portfolio in Agriya, the first agri-focused community in the region.
“What we envision [for Agriya] is it will be a green, walkable [and] liveable community that your family can grow with,” DLI First Vice President Cary Lagdameo said in his opening speech during Agriya’s opening ceremonies in Davao on Thursday.
Described as an “agropolis” or an agriculture metropolis, the multi billion mixed-use project in Panabo City in Davao del Norte province will have four components — residential, commercial, institutional and agritourism.
The land has a total area of 88 hectares (ha), said Lagdameo, but only 40 ha will be utilized for the first phase of the project.
“As we anchor this project with tourism, we aim to strengthen our position as a developer that innovates the real estate sector through our heritage and technology and enhancing the lives of the community,” Lagdameo was quoted as saying.
Aptly named as “Naturetainment,” the agritourism component aims to provide tourists a “real and hands-on” experience with agriculture and is expected to open by March.
“We established first the agritourism component, giving people a reason to come over [and] see what the community will be like,” DLI Business Development Manager Macy Bibat told reporters.
Meanwhile, Lagdameo expects their high-end, low density subdivision to drive at least 70 percent of Agriya’s total revenue growth. The firm began selling lots in mid-2019 and has already sold around 40 percent of the total 177 lots.
They hope to sell the remainder within this year.
DLI also partnered with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) to establish the UP-PSAE or the UP Professional School for Agriculture and Environment.
The institution will provide professionals a place to expand their knowledge of agriculture through graduate and post-graduate programs.
On the other hand, Lagdameo said the commercial component of Agriya is “still at a very early stage.” He added that they plan to launch it in at least a couple more years.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat was also present in the opening ceremony and highlighted the development of the farm industry in the country.
“It’s a noble thing what you are doing here at Agriya, highlighting the merits and importance of agriculture for a great number of people right at the community, where they live and work,” she said in her keynote speech.
Puyat has expressed her intent to further farm tourism in the country, which she said is the country’s 10th tourism product.
“We want to see a thriving community that we can be proud of. We want this to be a tourism destination that can really bring more and more tourists to Panabo City…[and we want to] continue our group’s vision and legacy of uplifting the lives and the people in the communities here in Mindanao,” Lagdameo remarked.