The agri-tourism component of Damosa Land Inc (DLI), Agriya, is set for opening in November this year.
The 88-hectare mixed-use complex project in Panabo City highlights agriculture, particularly banana, as the backbone of the city’s economic growth. The project has so-called clusters to be developed as a self-contained “walkable” area with complementary commercial components for the residential, academic and agri-tourism sites.
The agri-tourism area is envisioned as a “living farm” with theme park and educational features. The park will have a working demo farm, a small banana plantation inside, aquaculture are for bangus, tilapia, and even crab harvesting, a livestock area and high value crops portion.
“It is really a whole working park. Agri-tourism we also call “nature-tainment”, is one of the centerpieces of Agriya,” Ricardo “Cary” Lagdameo, DLI vice president told Edge Davao.
Lagdameo said some of the features are already in place while the others are still under construction.
“Our target to open is by November this year. Very soon because part of the demo farm is already completed, the aquaculture already ongoing, we have a lagoon that is also one of the centerpieces is already working and people can go there for fishing. It would be a really a rich experience not just for children but for adults as well,” he added.
Lagdameo believes that there are not much tourism destinations of this kind in Mindanao particularly focusing on agriculture such as showcasing the agricultural processes from land preparation to harvesting. He said the project aims to encourage the youth to get interested in agriculture.
For the residential component, Lagdameo said it would be a more upscale residential project and positioning it as an exclusive community with about 177 units only with lots range from the smallest size of about 250 square meters while on the upper portion is about 450 sqm.
He said construction of the houses is targeted to start next year. The amenities for the residential cluster are similar to DLI’s Damosa Fairlanes.
“It is a house and lot. The architecture being considered is a California Mission style house. These are houses that you can see in Southern California, New Mexico, and Arizona. It’s not something that is commonly done yet,” he said.
Lagdameo added that they will provide generous area for parks and playgrounds, clubhouses, swimming pools, and wide roads.
“It would be very spacious, I mean we chose not to maximize the area too much,” he said.
Lagdameo disclosed they are not officially selling but are able to gather commitments from buyers. He is hopeful that they can procure the necessary permits within the month. “Because we already complied everything,” he said.
For the academic cluster, Lagdameo said preparation for the construction of the University of the Philippines Professional School for Agriculture and Environment (UP PSAE) by the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) in the 88-hectare Agriya is also ongoing.
Lagdameo said construction of the school is targeted to start next year.
The UP PSAE is expected to strengthen the agriculture sector as well as help UP Mindanao in Davao City and other state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the Davao Region with the development of research and academic programs.
UP PSAE is a public-private partnership between UPLB and Anflo Investment and Management Corp. (Anflocor) with its real estate development arm, DLI.
“We already started reviewing the project (Agriya). We’ve been inviting people to come to see our project. There’s some works being done already,” Lagdameo said.