Richmond Land gets nod for ecozone

A new economic zone is soon to emerge in South Cotabato as the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) grants economic zone status to Richmond Land’s 59-hectare project. Located in Polomolok, a first-class municipality in the Philippines, the property is envisioned to be a manufacturing and information technology hub with places to live, work, play, shop, dine, recreate, learn, and worship.
Richmond Land is a subsidiary of the RD Group of Companies, led by Rodrigo E. Rivera, Sr. They have been at the forefront of property development in the Mindanao region, including low-cost to high-end housing projects.
The property will be named as the Mindanao Economic Development Zone. It is a mixed-use development taking inspiration from the form of a tuna (native fish), from which the province is very well known for. The master plan includes provisions for a hospital, business park, university town square, hotel and convention center, commercial, and transport terminal. It will also have its own facility for waste water treatment.
The development is also designed to prioritize the pedestrian through walkability and bikeability. Pedestrian green bridges will connect the priority areas within the ecozone. The area’s proposed 30-meter-wide roads are large enough not only to accommodate private and public transportation but especially for tree-lined bike lanes and walkways.  
Palafox Associates also proposed the environmental design and entry markers that evoke a strong sense of arrival in the ecozone. A festive visual corridor can be observed from the main entrance to the rest of the developments. Public art, sculptures, and creative activities will also be utilized to create vibrant open spaces.
As locators for export-oriented light manufacturing industries and IT services are sought for the Mindanao Economic Development Zone, it is expected that the project would help improve the economic conditions in the area.