Aerial view of Makati City, PhilippinesUrban living in the Philippines has always been associated with traffic gridlocks, noise and air pollution, and filthy streets. But, that doesn’t stop people from moving into the capital.

In recent years, many Filipinos have become more environmentally conscious. They now look for a greener and healthier community. They are even willing to move out of the city to get a more sustainable lifestyle.

With higher demand for more green spaces, several local government units (LGUs) and real estate developers strive to turn their areas into healthier neighborhoods by:

Creating more green public spaces

Many new developments in Metro Manila offer more green public spaces for their residents. Some property developers have added mini-parks and pocket gardens to their amenities. Even high-rise condominium buildings now have floors with green, open spaces where dwellers can relax, exercise, or hang out with neighbors.

Implementing ordinances for the environment

In recent decades, the national government has enacted some laws to address the decline of the environment. LGUs have also implemented city ordinances to promote sustainable solutions in their localities.

Makati City, Quezon City, and other areas have already banned or reduced the use of styrofoam and plastic bags. Urban areas in nearby provinces have followed suit. Lancaster New City in Cavite, for example, has implemented a Go Green Program as well as other initiatives that promote eco-friendly, urban living, as illustrated in a recent Lancaster review.

Promoting Efficient Waste Management System

Many cities have come up with a proper, efficient waste management system to make their localities greener and healthier. Some neighborhoods have designated facilities for materials recovery, where the collected garbage is sorted out properly. Other areas encourage their residents to do proper waste segregation and participate in cleaning drives, too.

Many real estate experts predict that the demand for greener communities will increase even more in the next few years. It will be up to LGUs and property developers to catch up and take more initiatives to meet that demand — and attract new residents.