SM Land, local governments through Nasugbu municipality and civil society through the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines joined forces to protect the natural coastline resources in Batangas and to ensure all stakeholders can build a greener environment in the province.
Considering that Nasugbu has been subjected to environmental stresses caused by illegal methods of fishing, this move is very timely. Joel Palma of WFF said that they have identified three sites with the biggest potential of being declared marine protected areas (MPAs) because of their biological attributes. The three coves declared MPAs by the municipal council of Nasugbu, Batangas, are Pico de Loro, Santelmo and Etayo found within SM Land’s Hamilo Coast.
Meanwhile, Hamilo Coast is a pioneering residential leisure destination in Nasugbu that is being developed by SM Land. The 5,800-hectare property is an exclusive development that will host master-planned communities amid a rich natural environment. Out of these 5,800 hectares, only 1,800 hectares will be developed, leaving the rest of the property untouched and preserved for environmental sustainability.
Part of the charm of the property is the expansive natural setting, which includes 13 majestic coves situated along the coastline of Nasugbu. These coves add a unique character to this leisure destination and residential haven. Each cove is blessed with mountain ranges, unending views of the South China Sea, and teeming marine and terrestrial life. These also form part of the Verde Passage, which is known as the center of marine biodiversity in the world. This means that the area contains the most number of fish species globally within the Coral Triangle.
SM Land Senior Manager said that Hamilo is dedicated to the preservation of the environment, and it is this type of setting that they aim to provide as a community for our residents. The rehabilitation of Hamilo and the coastal community is so important. Being near Metro Manila, a clean and green Hamilo would help in making neighboring areas more viable through livelihood, sustainability and food security.
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