Much has been said about the benefits of buying real estate property south of Metro Manila, in particular in Muntinlupa City.
We take the opportunity to get answers straight from Muntinlupa’s big man himself, Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, on what future residents and people eyeing to do business in this highly urbanized city can look forward to.
Q: Property experts are predicting that there will be a real estate boom in places outside congested Metro Manila, including the southern area. What makes Muntinlupa a good place for property developments?
A: Unlike other cities in Metro Manila, Muntinlupa City has preserved plenty of green spaces and has become the region’s last frontier of open space , including the Laguna Lake shoreline. The city is also positioned in a strategic location just along the South Luzon Expressway and is accessible from the airport with the travel time of just 15-30 minutes.
Q: For someone who is thinking of investing in real estate, why should I consider making that move to Muntinlupa, in particular to Alabang?
A: Muntinlupa City is situated in the southernmost part of the National Capital Region bridging the Metropolitan Manila and the equally progressive cities in the Southern Tagalog. For real estate investors desiring to be connected with the bustling Metro and at the same time explore opportunities in the provinces, Muntinlupa is the obvious choice as the “Investment Destination.”
Alabang is an emerging Commercial Business District with complete elements of township. In Alabang, you can find top-caliber medical facilities such as the Asian Hospital and Medical Center and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, esteemed educational institutions such as the San Beda College and De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, leisure hang-outs such as Alabang Town Center and Festival Mall, grocery warehouses such as S&R Membership Shopping and Landers Superstore Alabang West, and places of worship such as the St. Jerome Emiliani and Sta. Susana Parish, among others.
Q: How does Muntinlupa provide a balanced work-life environment for its residents?
A: The city is known as the Emerald City of the Philippines with public spaces which allow residents to connect with each other and with nature. Quality of life is improved as locals find areas to detach from urban stress and daily grind.
For bike enthusiasts, bikers may take a quick spin at Filinvest’s MTB trail, one of the best areas for beginners-to-advanced bikers in Metro Manila with eight various terrains. One can also get a good cardio workout in the trails or jog around Filinvest City if you are not in the mood to pedal.
Muntinlupa is also home to food destinations where residents and visitors can delight in a satisfying gastronomic experience. Foodies can begin their food crawl at the Molito Lifestyle Center and try the wide array of cuisines from different restaurants. Within the commercial complex, one can immerse in the south laidback vibe by visiting a board games lounge or sitting in for a painting class while finishing a glass of wine in a local restaurant.
One may also plunge in mall hoping and take the night out for shopping in Alabang Town Center, Commercenter, Festival Mall, and Starmall Alabang.
Q: How does Muntinlupa fare when it comes to ensuring ease of doing business?
A: Muntinlupa is a pioneer in streamlining the business registration procedures with its Single Window Transaction-Modified Business One-Stop Shop or SwiT-MBOSS. It is a simplified system implemented by the Business Permits and Licensing Office for processing new business permit applications and renewals. SWiT-MBOSS consists of just three simple steps, all of which are done during the taxpayer’s interface with a single BPLO staff, from the start to the end of the transaction.
The impact of the SWiT-MBOSS practice reaches individual entrepreneurs, business partnerships, and corporations that potentially will invest in the city. They are more likely to choose the City of Muntinlupa as a location for their business, favoring simple, uncomplicated, and streamlined business permits and licensing procedures – an accepted indicator of a business-friendly environment.
In 2015, SWiT-MBOSS won the Government Best Practice Competition conducted by the Development Academy of the Philippines. In the same year, it also earned runner-up honors in the 4th International Best Practice Competition of the New Zealand-based Centre for Organizational Excellence Research.
In 2017, Muntinlupa City has been adjudged as the Most Business-Friendly LGU by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Q: How safe is Muntinlupa?
A: Crime rate in Muntinlupa is lower vis-à-vis statistics within the region. In 2017, Muntinlupa was hailed 3rd safest city in the Philippines by Persquare.com. A citywide network of Closed-Circuit Television with central command center will soon be up and running for monitoring of peace and order and other disaster risk reduction operations.
Q: Lastly, are there projects or programs in the pipeline for the next 12 months that will be rolled out that aim to improve the quality of life of those who reside and/or work in Muntinlupa City?
A: The City Government focuses on five development sectors, namely, infrastructure, social services, environmental protection, institutional support, and peace and order. Projects and programs to be implemented for the next 12 months and on a long-term basis are geared towards these sectors which aim to improve the quality of life in the city.
Some of the programs to be rolled out in the next months include: construction of City Alternative Route Entry and Exit System (CARES) Phase 3 to improve road network and traffic congestion; the construction of the Muntinlupa Sports Complex Track and Field for physical and sports development; and the construction of Colegio de Muntinlupa engineering school, among others.
In addition to these infrastructure projects are continuing programs on poverty alleviation through a zero-interest micro-financing loan assistance to entrepreneurs (Tulong Negosyo Program) and education assistance through a comprehensive scholarship program from elementary to college and technical-vocational courses and graduate school; health programs and medical subsidies for residents in local health centers and Ospital ng Muntinlupa; and environmental protection projects such as river clean-up efforts.