Providence-Iloilo boasts of the only, and perhaps the Philippines’ first, world-class mass housing community outside of Mega Manila.

Situated in the vicinity of Barangay Balabag, Pavia, Metro Iloilo, it will become the center of a New Urbanism, a design movement now sweeping the globe in its reinvention of the neighborhood concept. Providence Iloilo, designed to have a balance of housing, jobs, and services, aims to fulfill every Filipino family’s dream of a secure, accessible, comfortable, and sustainable home and community. It also allows for a variety of choices in home sizes, types and styles made available and affordable for the most discerning in providing for a quality family life.

The new urbanism that Providence-Iloilo hopes to promote and live up to is a reinvention of the neighborhood concept which ascertains less automobile traffic by having more people walking than driving. Thus, the discomforts and dangers of speeding and ancillary traffic within the neighborhood is avoided, making streets safer, comfortable and interesting meeting places, as it allows buildings that open onto sidewalks and front porches that invite interaction among neighbors. The concept also includes an ever-wider range of architectural styles that include non-traditional and contemporary approaches to vibrant colors, varying price levels and a range of parks connecting and distributed within neighborhoods.

Providence-Iloilo combines all the essential elements of a complete neighborhood: identifiable center and edge; limited size (commonly 5 minutes walk from center to edge); mix of uses and housing types; interconnected network of walkable streets; and special sites for civic purposes. Its districts generally emphasize a special single use that follows its design. Its corridors serve as regional connectors of neighborhoods and districts; they range from boulevards and rail lines to rivers and parkways. The neighborhood structure of varying housing types, pricing levels, and conservation areas promote daily interaction among people of diverse ages, races, and incomes and lead to stronger personal and civic bonds that revitalize urban centers through concentrations of civic, institutional and commercial activity.

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