The recent devastation caused by tropical storm Ondoy should serve as a wake-up call to all sectors of society, including the real estate industry in its mission of providing well-planned communities for Filipino families.
The residential cities of Pasig, Marikina and Cainta particularly bore the brunt of the storm, its roads and subdivisions flooded to unimaginable levels and resulting in the loss of lives and properties.
While it is easy to put the blame on climate change, poorly-planned and clogged sewage systems and other probable causes of the flashfloods, developers should take it upon themselves to adopt a proactive stance when planning their projects.
Among these reliable developers is DMCI Homes, whose project located in Pasig, East Raya Gardens, was spared from severe flooding within its project site. A medium-density development sprawled on a 2.9-hectare prime property along Mercedes Avenue, its good location was able to withstand the deluge of rising floodwaters.
This form of resilience can be attributed to the comprehensive project planning conducted by DMCI Homes - the country's first triple A builder/ developer with a wealth of experience spanning more than 50 years in the construction and development industry.
Building its reputation in the construction of landmarks, bridges, roads, and other renowned structures, DMCI has since spawned an affiliate company, DMCI Homes in 1999, to expand the company's vision of serving the Filipino people.
Backed by its mother company's untarnished track record in constructing landmarks, DMCI Homes carved its own niche in the industry by creating residential communities for the underserved market of families and young professionals with modest income. With each new project, careful planning is ensured for the safety and security of its residents through first-rate building provisions such as roving security, electrified perimeter fence, fire alarm and fire hose cabinets along corridors, and strategic fire exits.
These features now come as standard components of every project, such as East Raya Gardens - a Balinese-themed development that promises security, privacy, exclusivity, and a convenient location near to all essential establishments of the metro. Composed of seven wonderfully designed medium-rise buildings, the clustering of the structures and the spatial arrangement of each component was carefully designed for the convenience and comfort of residents.
All buildings feature single-loaded corridors opening up to landscaped central atrium indoor gardens, creating a refreshing and healthy environment for its residents. The design allows entry of natural of natural light and ventilation.
Also, the community will be properly maintained and preserved by DMCI Homes' Property Management Team which is readily available to extend assistance to each resident's needs. These include such nitty-gritty as general maintenance of common areas, utilities application and payment assistance, move-in assistance, realty tax payment assistance, taxi call-in service, organization of community events, and even newspaper delivery service.
East Raya Gardens offers 2-bedroom (56.5 and 64.0 sqm) and 3-bedroom (88 sqm) unit options. All units come with a balcony and a service area located at the roof deck. The efficiently laid-out 2-bedroom unit is ideal for start-up families, while the more spacious 3-bedroom unit is suitable for growing families who value space and comfort.
Its first 5-storey, medium-rise building named Amanusa is set for turnover on
February 2010, followed by Senja on March 2010.