Foundation University

To be a dynamic, progressive school that cultivates effective learning, generates creative ideas, responds to societal needs and offers equal opportunity for all. In its quest for excellence in mind, body and character and the pursuit of truth and freedom, Foundation University commits itself to: develop students of sound character and broad culture; prepare students for a definite career; imbue students with the spirit of universal brotherhood; and advocate truth, promote justice and advance knowledge.
Oct 14, 2014

Report for Estudio Damgo II

Estudio Damgo 2 being put to good use

The pomp and excitement of the March 25, 2014 inauguration may still be remembered by the residents of Habitat 4 and the Core Shelter Housing Project in barangay Bajumpandan in Dumaguete City whenever they see the multipurpose building that was built over a span of over six months through the Estudio Damgo II project of Foundation University.
"It was a special moment," Juancho Gallarde, a village councilman, said. "Not everyday do we have a marching band parade through our roads with no less than the City Mayor in attendance," he added. 
The multi-purpose building, designed by the community in a series of consultations and built by community volunteers spearheaded by the graduating architecture students of Foundation University, is living up to its intention of being a place where the villagers could gather for any occasion.
"We are happy that finally, we have a beautiful place to gather for the purpose of socializing, holding community meetings, and seminars and celebrate important community milestones," Gallarde said.
Before Estudio Damgo II, community residents would gather in an open space, exposed to the heat of the sun or the cold drops of rain.
The multi-purpose building sits on government land, owned by the City of Dumaguete, which it gave permission for Foundation University to build on it. 
Built at a cost of Php 530,000 (roughly USD 11,000) through fund raising activities and donations from the Global Giving community, the building is being put to good use. 
"We hold village meetings and seminars in this building each week. We held an anti-drug abuse seminar just a few days ago," Gallarde said.
The project, though, is still incomplete, as a livelihood component for the villagers remains uninstalled.
The livelihood component was an aquaponics system, whereby residents could raise fish and grow vegetables, which would cost an additional P200,000.  
With the introduction of Estudio Damgo III, funds for the livelihood component for Estudio Damgo II may take much longer to raise.
But Gallarde said even the building alone is already a great help for their community. "Having a livelihood project would be a wonderful bonus!" he said.  (Alex Pal)
Oct 7, 2014

Estudio Damgo III launched

Estudio Damgo III launch with City Mayor
Estudio Damgo III launch with City Mayor

Graduating students of the Foundation University Department of Architecture have launched the third project of Estudio Damgo at the Robinsons Dumaguete Place last Thursday, October 2.

The project, a floating building for the Bantay-Dagat (fish wardens) of barangay Bantayan in Dumaguete City, was launched by the students with officials of barangay Bantayan and Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria and City Councilors Frank Esmena Jr., Lani Ramon and Liga President Lionel Banogon in attendance.

A prototype of the triangular building floating on used plastic barrels was made to float in a small kiddie pool, to the applause of the people in attendance.

Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria lauded Foundation University for producing talents and sharing them with the community. He said this is the second Public-Private Partnership program of its kind with Foundation University in Dumaguete City.

“This simply shows that if we work together, we can make a difference.” Sagarbarria said. He added that he hopes the partnership between FU and the City will go a long way. “This is just the beginning,” he said.
The Mayor also took pride in the fact that this building for fish wardens would be the first building of its kind in the Philippines. “Everyone will soon copy this design and they must remember that this started in Dumaguete,” he said.

Estudio Damgo, literally meaning “Dream Studio” is the Philippines’ first design-build program for graduating architecture students. This is patterned after a requirement for architecture students at the University of Washington, the alma mater of Victor Vicente Sinco, the head of the Foundation University Department of Architecture.

This is the third Estudio Damgo project to be constructed. The first project, which was completed in March last year, was a day care center in sitio Dungga, barangay Malaunay in the town of Valencia. The second project was a multi-purpose building at the resettlement site for victims of Tropical Storm Sendong, which was completed last March.

Paul Marin, the coordinator for Estudio Damgo, said in his several months of being with the students, he considers them professionals already because of their diligence and willingness to put long hours on the job.

Even while in its infancy, Estudio Damgo had reaped awards for the students and for the University. Von Jovi Biala, one of the students who worked on Estudio Damgo I, was adjudged as one of the Ten Oustanding Students of the Philippines for his involvement with Estudio Damgo. The architecture students of Foundation University who belong to a group called the United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary (UAPSA), also won as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations in 2014 because of this project.

Students are involved with all phases of Estudio Damgo from identifying the project, choosing the site, meeting with the intended project beneficiaries, fund raising and construction. Volunteers and donors are welcome to participate in this project. Donors may give to Foundation University or through Global Giving ( (AP)

Jul 22, 2014

Estudio Damgo III - Letting the Dream Continue

Life in Dumaguete will always be associated with the sea. Rizal Boulevard, a pedestrian scaped promenade is one of its landmarks located near the water. The city has seven (7) coastal barangays plus inland fish ponds; no one would imagine that the region is not producing enough fish to support its growing population.

The shortage of the fish supply has forced the inhabitants to choose meat and poultry over fish. For several years now, the city has been importing to meet the demand and dependent on the fisheries from its neighboring cities, municipalities and islands. Due to this shortage, the City Government of Dumaguete established marine sanctuaries in its territorial seas as part of the city’s food security program and environmental preservation campaign.

The government working with the Coastal Resource Management reorganized the Deputized Fish Wardens to now function as protectors of the marine santuary. Prior to this addition the wardens’ was to safeguard the sea from fishermen doing illegal fishing like dynamite fishing and putting obnoxious chemicals into the sea, making sure that all coastal and marine laws are implemented and capturing violators. But by the time of the adaptation of the resolution about the protected areas, with that they now function as protectors of the sanctuary along with the functions they have previously. These fish wardens were doing this critical and vital work as volunteers; without a salary. However in 2002, the City Government gave them a monthly honorarium of 1000 php. provided that they submit monthly reports and updates. Considering the amount of money they are receiving, their job can still be considered voluntary.

 In an interview, one of the fish wardens said that currently they are staying in the house of one of the members during their shifts of the marine sanctuary. Since they don’t another choice currently, sometimes they’d rather stay on the shorelines rather than disturb the member’s family.

In our effort to support the food security program, preserve the marine environment and help the fish wardens to be more efficient and effective during their shifts, Estudio Damgo III team has chosen to design and build a Marine Sanctuary Center. It may sound simple, but to the group, it’s extremely meaningful. To us, the project will serve as a representation of our commitment to protecting the sanctuary in order to increase the fish population in the area but also to help feed the future generations of Dumaguete.

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