Sta. Lucia Foundation partners with DENR for arboretum project

March 12, 2022 12:00:00

It has gone beyond the business of building quality homes and communities.

Besides providing livable communities that are safe, value-for-money, and conducive for raising families, Sta. Lucia Land Inc. (SLI) has also taken to heart its duty as stewards of land—to help protect the environment and ensure the sustainability of its project.

"In this business, it's not enough to just build quality homes and vibrant communities. Looking after the land where you build and ensuring that there is little disturbance to the natural environment and nature are a must. For us at SLI, we always make it a point to care for the areas where we build as it has been a part of our DNA to ensure that we respect the environment, lessen our carbon footprint and initiate activities that could help counter the effects of climate change," said Sta. Lucia Land Inc. president Exequiel Robles.

"We want to make significant contributions and to do this, we must look beyond serving the needs of our homebuyers and investors. This is why through the Sta. Lucia Foundation, we continue to partner with various groups, organizations and state agencies because we believe this will allow us to realize our goal of helping build a better, safer living environment for the Filipinos," added Sta. Lucia Land Inc. chairman Vicente Santos.

The Sta. Lucia Foundation recently partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the latter's arboretum project in one of its premier developments—the Beverly Place Golf and Country Club (BPGCC) in Pampanga.

An arboretum refers to an area where trees, shrubs and other plant species are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. It may be a collection in its own right or a part of a bigger botanical garden.

The goal of this initiative is to create a green space for every establishment wherein the trees will not only thrive but will further complement or enhance the area itself. This would also be considered as a significant basis for further studies on improving future conservation efforts.

The arboretum project was led by the DENR's local implementation arm, the Provincial Environment and Resources Office (PENRO) and supported by the Provincial Government of the Province of Pampanga. The primary goal of PENRO and its partner organizations is to create strategies that will further propagate endemic tree species that are constantly exposed to risks such as climate change and illegal logging activities.

The partnership was officially established through the signing of a memorandum of agreement last Feb. 11, which was attended by representatives from PENRO-Pampanga officer Laudemir Salac, DENR Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna, general manager of BPGCC Elson Alvaran, Sta. Lucia Foundation Director for Environment Vincent Santos and SLI VP for Commercial Business Rose Santos-Mantolino.

After the signing ceremony, a tree planting activity quickly followed wherein seedlings such as narra, bamboo, bitaog and ilang-ilang were planted. Beyond this project, all organizations will continue to monitor the growth and progress of the arboretum in accordance with the conditions set in the agreement.

The creation of the arboretum was in response to the Sustainable Development Goals that were set up by the United Nations General in 2015. It served as a blueprint to achieve a more sustainable future for all.

"The initiative was backed by the Sta. Lucia Foundation which provided the ideal venue within the province for the arboretum project. With the development's sprawling fairways and open space, Beverly Place offers the ideal setting where endemic tree species can be planted and monitored," Santos said.

"As with our past, present and future developments, we remain committed to preserving the environment, rehabilitating green spaces, and fighting off climate change by growing trees and respecting the land," Robles concluded.

For more information, call Sta. Lucia Land at (632) 8681-7332 or visit