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Floods hurt property valuations in Marikina

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PARTS OF Metro Manila experienced heavy flooding when a string of typhoons hit the country in November.

Sheila G. Lobien, CEO of the Lobien Realty Group, said in a statement the property valuations in flooded areas have been severely affected.

She noted land values in Marikina are around P40,000 to P70,000 per square meter (sq.m.), just below Caloocan land values of between P35,000-P65,000 per sq.m.

To compare, land valuations in Muntinlupa/Alabang are between P120,000-P140,000 per sq.m., while those in Quezon City, Ortigas and Bay City peak at P280,000 per sq.m. Property values in Bonifacio Global City and Makati City reach P350,000 and P400,000, respectively.

Ms. Lobien said property buyers should conduct due diligence when picking locations for offices and homes, avoiding areas located along fault lines, prone to flooding and other disasters.

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In flood-prone areas, Ms. Lobien said cities should have a clear zoning mechanism for residential and commercial spaces.

“The government and private sector should really invest on infrastructure that will make the developments flood-ready,” she said, noting rivers should be dredged and flood control mechanisms strengthened.

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