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Filinvest partners with Samal to preserve resources

Friday, May 1, 2009 [ sunstar.com.ph ]

FILINVEST Land Inc. (FLI), which opened upscale resort residences in the Island Garden City of Samal, is working with stakeholders to preserve and protect marine life within the project's coastline.

FLI vice president for Visayas and Mindanao regional operations Tristan Las Marias, in a press conference at Marco Polo Davao, said the Kembali Coast Residential Beach Resort boasts of its marine sanctuary life, aside from a good dive site.

He said it is part of FLI's corporate social responsibility to come up with environmentally friendly projects to preserve and protect marine sanctuaries.

The marine resource is an attraction in the area.

FLI launched at the start a photo exhibit of the marine resources taken by professional photographers. Proceeds of the exhibit will be turned over to World Wildlife Fund that spearheads the conservation program in the area in coordination with the local government of Samal City.

Las Marias said they were briefed by the local government on the damage to marine resources caused by dynamite fishing.

He vowed there will be continuing rehabilitation of resources.

He also said they still do not know the details of the project, but said FLI is supporting initiatives that will restore and improve the marine sanctuary in Kaputian, Samal.

Las Marias added they are at the second phase of the Kembali project and has been receiving numerous inquiries especially from expats in General Santos City.

"I think it is only Kembali so far that offers a real beach residential resort at this time," he said.

He said Phase 1 of the development project is 70 percent developed, with its power supply already in place and its water system about to be completed.

Las Marias said part of the project is to rebuild a sandscape by building a water breaker to prevent sand from being washed out.

Also part of the plan is the establishment of a spa or a wellness center for the homeowners and their guests, aside from offering aqua sports.

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