Sustainability has always been at the forefront of Hamilo Coast’s vision of providing premier beach resort living in the country. It strives to practice both environmental and social sustainability in its operations through its partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines and SM Foundation.
Hamilo Coast has been in partnership with WWF–Philippines since 2007, standing firmly on environmental programs for sustainability which are carefully planted within its day to day operations.
COASTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
The growth of local plants and animals is nurtured through initiatives such as clam-seeding, mangrove-reforestation, the release of sea turtle hatchlings, and regular coastal clean-up activities.
WWF monitors Hamilo Coast’s energy-use and recommends initiatives to continuously enhance energy efficiency. Alternative sources of energy have been used to power some of Hamilo Coast’s facilities.
- Solar power lamp posts along Hamilo Drive and Loop Road.
- Solar absorption air conditioning units installed at the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Chapel.
- Green building strategies were carefully considered in Freia, such as natural lighting and ventilation, solar energy in common areas, and an efficient waste management system.
WWF monitors and evaluates the waste management activities of Hamilo Coast’s employees and residents in order to create the conditions necessary for the community to be compliant with the waste-management standards of global eco-tourism certification bodies.
- The implementation of a solid waste management plan which includes waste source or segregation, materials recovery facility, and a vermicomposting site where green wastes are composted and processed into charcoal briquettes.
- Waste water from the different Hamilo locators are processed by STPs and used as irrigation water for the surrounding landscape.
- Residents of Hamilo Coast’s host barangay, Brgy. Papaya, are educated on how to segregate waste and practice the 3 R’s. Solid wastes are collected every week.
Since 2018, Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club and Pico Sands Hotel have implemented a food waste management system and replaced single-use plastics with paper straws and cups, good grade stirrers, takeaway packs, and refillable glass containers in hotel rooms.
To increase the biological capacity of fisheries and establish sustainable local food sources, WWF conducts an inventory of the flora and fauna at Hamilo Coast’s Pico de Loro cove, and performs year-round fish-catch monitoring. WWF also monitors the three Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of Hamilo Coast and conducts oceanography and hydrology studies in all thirteen coves.
In recognition of its conservation efforts, Hamilo Coast received WWF-Philippines’ Environmental Leadership Award in 2013 and was given the Bronze Benchmarked Status by EarthCheck (formerly GreenGlobe 21) in 2015.