Laguna’s Intelligent City


By Rizal Raoul Reyes

Ayala Land Inc (ALI) subsidiary Alveo Land Properties is enhancing the presence of the property colossus in Laguna when it recently launched its newest commercial district of Broadfield, a 120-hectare master planned estate in the most progressive province in southern Luzon. Alveo envisions it as a modern and progressive 80-hectare commercial and mixed-use district, complemented by 40 hectares for residential subdivisions.

Broadfield’s location sets it at the heart of South Luzon’s thriving residential, leisure, industrial and manufacturing center. We have a well-designed master plan that applies the best practices of Ayala Land in property development. This district will be innovative, sustainable and progressive. Broadfield will also have basic intelligent city features such as fiber-to-the-home system, traffic light controls, CCTV security and transport systems,” Rufino Gutierrez, Chief Operating Officer of Alveo Land said in a recent press briefing.

Gutierrez said Broadfield has a very strategic location that could entice future locators and client not to think twice to relocate. Aside from Ayala estates like Nuvali, Broadfield is also located near the Laguna Technopark and Laguna International Industrial Park. It is about an hour’s drive from Makati and BGC, 30 minutes away from Alabang, and a mere 10-minute drive from Nuvali. Access is through the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), and the main roads of Governor’s Drive and the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road. Future private roads will lead into the district. From the South, it will be accessible through the upcoming Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) and the planned Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway.

For the first phase, Alveo has offered an initial 36.6 hectares composed of 35 commercial lots ranging in size from 1,324 sqm. to 2,915 sqm. The commercial district will be located on the northwestern portion of the estate, closest to the main road.

Broadfield’s residential component includes two previously launched Alveo residential subdivisions in the area, namely Venido on the northwestern portion, and Aveia just across it. Venido is a 22-hectare residential community currently being constructed. Meantime, Aveia’s initial phases started turnover this year.

Broadfield will also provide quality education courtesy of the 50-hectare Laguna campus of De La Salle University. Moreover, the campus will also be the site of the Shrine of St. John Baptist de la Salle, patron saint of teachers. The sanctuary is expected to be a pilgrimage site for educators and will be completed in 2020.

As the name implies, Broadfield will feature wide roads and pedestrian walkways. “Ten percent of the total land area (about 8 hectares), has been dedicated to parks and open spaces.

Dedicated bike lanes and bike rack facilities will also be set up across the development, and people will be able to traverse through an interconnected park system,” Gutierrez said.

Moreover, Broadfield will pursue a green ecosystem in its development. It will have its own storm water management system and detention ponds for rainwater collection, solar and alternative energy sources for lighting, efficient waste reduction systems, and energy and water efficient fixtures will be the norm. Alveo will also require Broadfield’s commercial locators to comply with the Philippine Green Building Code, to help maintain the estate’s sustainability.

Pedestrian walkways will be covered and connected, lined with greens and foliage. Climate-resilient plants will be used throughout the district.

Broadfield will also have its own storm water management system and designated water detention ponds for rainwater collection, with porous materials used for hardscapes. The district will also use solar and alternative energy sources, efficient waste reduction systems, and energy and water-efficient fixtures.

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