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Sustainability thrust keeps Tagaytay Highlands thriving

MANILA, Philippines — World-class residential and leisure estate Tagaytay Highlands is visualizing a secure future for generations to come with its self-contained townships that provide an abundance of lifestyle amenities and infrastructure within the vicinity while strongly focused on environmental conservation.

Sprawled across 1,290 hectares of rolling terrain, it is the only mountain resort of its kind and scale that boasts a profusion of flora and fauna, year-round nippy weather, and stunning vistas of Taal Lake, Mt. Makiling, Canlubang Valley, and Laguna de Bay.

Whether as a picturesque getaway or as an alternative primary home for harried urbanites, Tagaytay Highlands has proven to be conducive to productivity, spurring career-driven homeowners to continue working from home. And to refresh mind, body, and spirit, one can indulge in its tranquil green spaces for leisurely walks, jogging, and breathing in fresh air.

Complementing nature’s bounty, Tagaytay Highlands is considered one of the most environment-friendly and sustainable leisure estates in the Philippines. Its environmental conservation programs have, in fact, earned for it the “Friend of Biodiversity” recognition from the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity.

Tagaytay Highlands reinforces this image by adhering to a strict sustainability mandate, ensuring the responsible use of its resources. Under this directive, all structures in the development are designed for resilience to reduce the impact of environmental risks.

Attesting to Tagaytay Highlands’ commitment to sustainability, safety, and security is its recently awarded “Safety Seal” given by the City Government of Tagaytay.

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) also hailed Tagaytay Highlands’ developer Highlands Prime, Inc., a subsidiary of SM Prime Holdings, as one of CALABARZON’s 2021 Outstanding Developers for Open Market Projects.

Likewise, nearly half of developable areas is allocated for wellness and accessibility features, such as walking paths as well as access ramps for differently abled persons. All residential developments have introduced big lawns and pocket parks of their own, which provide ample space to have their own corner for individual and family outdoor activities.

To promote and protect biodiversity, the ground cover in the resort, including the greens and fairways of Tagaytay Highlands’ championship golf courses, consists of native and low-maintenance plants and trees. Sustainability measures, including the planting of such native trees and shrubs, are kept in mind even in landscape design. To further support environmental protection, a yearly key active program is implemented for the planting of tree species indigenous to Tagaytay Highlands.

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The article was originally published in Phil Star Global.

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