Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-Development Corp. (ITPI Corp.), the developer of Primavera Residences in Cagayan De Oro City, recently shared a dialogue with the delegates invited by Malacanang for a discussion on sustainable solutions.
The reception and dinner at Malacanang was part of the recently concluded Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (PCSI) 2nd Annual Forum, which was attended by civic groups, global leaders in urban planning and property development, environmentalists and sustainability experts, as well as members of the private sector. Dubbed, “Creating Resilient and Livable Cities,” the forum addressed the growing concern on the impact of climate change and urbanization on communities. It also sought to develop solutions for a more sustainable city while also enhancing the economic development of a country.
“We have seen how communities were destroyed by strong calamities. This has never been more relevant and alarming than the recent Typhoon Haiyan that devastated the Philippines,” said Romolo V. Nati, the executive chairman and CEO of ITPI.
“As a green property developer, our concern is to spread awareness on ideal solutions for building communities that can not only withstand natural disasters but also reduce the impact on the environment. To build eco-friendly properties that complement and adapt to nature has always been our mission,” Nati added.
Primavera Residences, ITPI’s first project, is a fine example of sustainable housing. It is the first and only eco-friendly mixed-use property in Cagayan De Oro City. Its unique green features include photovoltaic solar panels at the roof that produce renewable energy and an inner courtyard that helps create natural ventilation. The residential and commercial building is also typhoon resistant and designed to withstand earthquakes. ITPI is a young property developer in the Philippines that specializes in green architecture and design. It aims to build environment-friendly properties in secondary cities of the country.
Discussions in the forum were focused on disaster preparedness, recovery, sustainable housing, integrated planning, and good governance. Forum delegates were also treated to a tour of some of the country’s key attractions including Bonifacio Global City, Marikina City, and Intramuros.
“The PCSI Forum will give interested mayors and their administrators the chance to draw ideas and principles from the experiences of the gathered expert participants,” shared Doris Magsaysay-Ho, chair of the Asia Society Philippine Foundation.
PCSI stressed the need for an urgent solution to the global problems in extreme weather and climate change affecting communities today, particularly that of the Philippines. “Manila is just the latest step in a long term effort to address one of the great challenges of the 21st century by ULI and the Asia Society,” stated N. Bruce Bickering, Vice President for Global Programs of Asia Society. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) was also one of the forum’s organizers.