Santa Rosa People’s Eco-Tourism Park


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Project Overview

People in the city are deprived of the socioeconomic and environmental benefits of a public park. There are only two public parks in the city with a total area of 5,000 sqm for a population of 400,000 (0.0125 sqm/person). The project site is in the shore-land of Laguna de Bay which is relatively dry but susceptible to inundation and liquefaction. Aside from the site, most of the shore-land are already occupied by informal settlers. The project will be a pilot for other LGUs to emulate.


  • Urban Infill & Public Space
Funding Goal
Asia and the Pacific


The Approved Conceptual Plan of Santa Rosa People’s Eco-Tourism Park identified three objectives:

  • To promote sustainable and responsible tourism
  • Inclusive growth
  • Multiple-destination marketing.

Progress Tracker


  • Phase 1 (Completed)

    Based on the Guide to Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) 6th Edition wherein there are 5 phases in Project Management (Initiation, Planning, Execution, Monitoring, and closure), the Santa Rosa People's Eco-Tourism Park project just finished the Project Initiation Stage through the City Adoption of its Conceptual Masterplan. Next Stage is Project Planning where the project execution phases will be defined. Project execution will be implemented based on the phases identified in project planning phase. Project Initiation / Concept Stage – The City approved and adopted the project conceptual masterplan Project Planning / Feasibility Assessment / Advanced Design / Project Execution Phasing – this is the next step of the city. This step will define the activities in the subsequent steps. The subsequent steps are Project Execution / Construction, Project Monitoring / monitor project execution and initial operation, and Project Closure / Turnover of the whole project.

  • Phase 2


  • Phase 3


  • Phase 4


  • Phase 5


Current Stage

Feasibility Assessment: Proof of concept, economic model, licensing and approvals obtained. Clearly presents rationale and identifies technical and financial challenges.


No timeline.

Project Milestones


ESG Impact

Important public spaces such are parks were not prioritized in the fast development of the city. Public parks provide social, economic, and environmental benefits. Parks also help in preventing water runoff by direct water absorption and its greenery abates air pollution. The city initiated a collaborative eco-tourism inclusive park project that will provide both CCA/DRRM and socio-economic benefits to its people. Description There are three (3) barangays (villages) in the City of Santa Rosa located in both high risk flooding and liquefaction area along Laguna Lake. The 3 barangays are the poorest barangays (out of 18 barangays) in the city with a higher number of informal settlers and population density. The Laguna Lake which is a highly polluted lake. Most of the houses are facing backward the lake with their wastes directly draining in the lake.

There is a lack of public parks in the city. The one and only theme park (Enchanted Kingdom) in the country is located in the city. There are beautiful parks in private masterplanned communities within the city. People incur expenses to go to these parks. The only public park is the paved / cemented city plaza in the city poblacion which is only around 3,570 square meters serving the 353,767 population of the city. People in the city go to malls to spend time with their family for recreation. Poor people have no option but to accept this situation. Thus, these people are deprived of the benefits of public park such as: health benefits (access to parks, nature, and greenery increases frequency of exercise that promotes good physical and mental healthier and prevents inactivity and obesity); economic benefits (increase in property values, economic revitalization, and tourism benefits); environmental benefits (pollution abatement and cooling, flood control by soil absorption and prevent runoff, and carbon sequestration of trees); and social benefits (creating stable neighborhoods with Strong Community, crime reduction, and recreation opportunities). Unlike cities along coastal lines which has jurisdiction of their shoreline, the City of Santa Rosa doesn’t have jurisdiction of its shoreline.

The jurisdiction falls under the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA). LLDA was organized by virtue of Republic Act No. 4850 as a quasi-government agency with regulatory and proprietary functions. Their mandate include environmental protection and jurisdiction over the lake basin’s surface water. The LLDA is administratively supervised by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Thus, the city is coordinating with LLDA for the project. Lately, the Philippine Reclamation Authority has (PRA) also showed interest to the project. It is important that the city collaborate/coordinate with national agencies not only because they have the actual jurisdiction but also has resources for funding. The plan may be used as a tool to solicit funding its implementation.


The project will immediately positively affect and improve the quality of life of the three shore-land barangays (villages) residents (70,110). This include schoolchildren, families, elderly, and other residents. The park will promote social cohesion, site for sports activities, rest and recreation, and a multi-purpose venue for the city. The park will be lined by endemic trees that will help address climate change and disaster prevention. Given the situation that there is an inadequate public park facilities in the city, the city as a whole will benefit from the establishment of the public park. The park will also generate tourism activities thus will promote local livelihood to residents.

SDG Goals

SDG 1: No PovertySDG 2: Zero HungerSDG 3: Good Health and Well-beingSDG 4: Quality EducationSDG 5: Gender EqualitySDG 6: Clean Water and SanitationSDG 7: Affordable and Clean EnergySDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthSDG 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureSDG 10: Reduced InequalitySDG 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesSDG 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionSDG 13: Climate ActionSDG 14: Life Below WaterSDG 15: Life on LandSDG 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsSDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals


The main SDG supported by this project is SDG 11 specifically target 11.7. The project aims to provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities.

The project also promotes the achievement of other SDGs as follows:
Goal 11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities

SDG 1 – End Poverty in all its forms everywhere
The project promotes tourism opportunities to local residents. The project site is where most of the disadvantaged people reside. Local residents such as the mothers and youth sector may form cooperatives to address the needs of people availing park facility. The project will also affect the land values of the properties in the area.
SDG1 target number 1.a Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions.
SDG 1 target number 1.b Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions

SDG 3 – Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote well-being for all at all ages
The project will provide a safe venue/space for all people to enjoy and play. People specially children will no longer need to play in busy streets and be exposed to road related accidents and air pollution. Trees in the park will also improve air quality that is good for all the people in the city.
SDG 3 target 3.6 – By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents

SDG 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
The project will ensure a safe place for women and girls to enjoy and socialize. The project will also promote establishment of women’s cooperative to avail of the tourism related opportunity in the area.
SDG 5 target 5.1 End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere

SDG 6 – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
The project is along the Laguna Lake. The project will prevent the establishment of informal settlers in the lake and will promote awareness on the need to take care of the lake. Local residents will be local champions in promoting the need to take care of the water quality of the lake.
SDG 6 Target 6.6 By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
SDG 6 Target 6.B Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management

SDG 8 – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
The project will promote local economic activity. Women and other groups will be supported to organize cooperatives. Local products will also be showcased in the area. The economic activity will create local jobs.
8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
8.9 By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products

SDG 13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
The project site is prone to flooding and liquefaction. If informal settlements occupy the site, they will be exposed to undue hazards and increase their vulnerabilities. Planting of endemic trees will be one of the major component of the project. This site will promote absorption of GHG gases in the area.
13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning

SDG 17 – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
The project promotes collaboration among government agencies (national and local governments), private sectors (local locators, international groups), and civil societies (local, national, international).
17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Risks and Limitations

What are the key risks, constraints and dependencies related to the project?

1.Funding constraints
2.Encroachment of informal settlement in the project site
3.Political issues

Risk mitigation and continuity

The project is adopted and approved by the city council Utmost citizen participation was observed during the planning process. People has ownership of the project and they will advocate the project whoever is in the government.


Type of Investment


Financing Structure

Public Private Partnership

Secured Investment

Php 1,000,000 ($20,000) was invested by the City Government in the formulation of the Conceptual Plan. The city outsourced the conduct of the conceptual plan through a consultancy services. For the type of investment, it is neither debt nor equity. Debt means the City needs to pay back the support while Equity means that the City will give the investor ownership of the project. The project mainly aims to provide social development in the city to improve the quality of life of its constituents. The project site/land is under the jurisdiction of the national (central) government. The initiative of the park development came from the city. A memorandum of agreement is currently being processed for both parties. However, both parties are open to technical assistance and specific project grants. The next step of the project is to conduct a detailed feasibility study. However, the city is requesting support from the national government to provide initial funding to protect the area and conduct initial land development. The City expects support from the private sectors especially local locators to take part in the development of the park

Committed Government Funding


National and Subnational Investors


Committed Private Funding



Technical Support Required

We need a financial plan, detailed engineering plan (phasing) and operation and management plan of the park.


Governmental Buy-in

Yes. National Level, Subnational/regional level

Other Forms of Governmental Support

In order to ensure the site is protected from encroachment, the city is planning to plant trees in the perimeter. Most of the perceived initial investment include land development to protect the project site from flooding. The city may also develop a temporary baseball and soccer field that may be used by students. This will also promote safe and green initial public space in the city.

National Ministries Involved

Laguna Lake Development Authority – Hon. Jaime “Joey” C. Medina General Manager
Laguna Lake Development Authority Vice-Chairman Philippine Reclamation Authority - Atty. Alberto C. Agra, Chairman of the Board

SubNational Ministries Involved

Province of Laguna - Engr./EnP. Pablo V. Del Mundo, Jr.,
Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator City of Santa Rosa – Hon. Arlene B. Arcillas,.
City Mayor Barangay Aplaya, Hon. Fe Villanueva, Barangay Chairman.

Other Entities Involved

Santa Rosa Sangguniang Panlungsod - City Councilor Roy Gonzales

Licenses and Permits



  • 10th February 2020

    Cities Investment Platform in progress - updates pending

  • 10th February 2020

    Project featured on the Cities Investment Platform, which was launched at the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)

Supporting Documents

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