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PIA Press Release
2008/10/07

Landscapers see bright prospects for landscaping industry

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (7 October) -- There is a big prospect for the landscaping industry yet this sector is not yet organized in Davao City.

Evelyn Gonzales Laviņa, president and landscape consultant of Landscape Design said during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Event Center on Monday that there is big business potentials in landscaping.

But she said this industry has not taken off fully in Davao as the prices would range for a 4x4 sq. m. area at P500 per sq. m. compared to that in Manila where the price of the same size to P150,000 on the estimate.

Although Laviņa said that she is more into advocacy she stressed that there is no soft and hard rule in landscaping.

But a good project must be a combination of soft and hardscape materials, she said.

She explained that the softscape consists of the plants that will be used while the hard ones are the stones, rocks and wood.

Not every homeowner could afford an expert landscaper but it is important that homes must have plants inside and outside of the house for healthier environment.

Laviņa is a member of Davao's Floriculture Industry with 122 members although it is not recognized in the agri sector because it is not a food-producing industry.

Contrary to this she said horticulturists and florists are also food producers even as she said that flowers as source for food is already being done in other countries.

"Eventually we will go to this," she said.

What we will be doing right now is come up with a database so we would know who and where these plant growers are located, she said.

Laviņa also said that like the other agri sector, they also practice good agricultural practices and grow flowers organically.

Meanwhile she recalled that many garden makers instead of sourcing out their needs in Davao City had to go outside of the city because these producers can not be located although there are producers of plants in volumes for gardens and landscaping here.

It would also be advantageous of this sector is organized because they can program and market their products appropriately, she said. (PIA) [top]

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