Pleased to share Arch't Ann Panopio's perspective on the Multipurpose Hall and humbled to know she took time out from a family holiday to travel during inclement weather. Thank you for visiting and sharing Ann!
The following is what she shared to facebook:
How's this for irony? While visiting a disaster recovery related project in Dumagete City, Negros, Philippines, my cousins and i were stranded on that island for 30 hours because of Tropical Storm Queenie. Thanks to Anna L Koosmann, who told me about Estudio Damgo, allow me to recount the lemonade glasses from this lemon of a situation. Estudio Damgo is a design-build studio at Foundation University in Negros. From what I understand, this is the first design build, community based studio in the country. Victor Sinco and Zorich Guia were generous enough to spend sometime discussing how the studio is a break from the traditional pedagogy, which tends to be more technical. I also found it interesting the Victor mentioned that a few people with whom he has discussed this program seem bemused by why resources and intellectual capital is being spent on "the poor". This doesn't surprise me, Philippines' sociopolitical structure isn't unique but the systematic inequality is certainly more pronounced than in the US. The most recently completed project is the Panaghuisa project, which is a multipurpose building in a settlement for Typhoon Sendong survivors. The students chose to work with this community after learning about the need for a shared common space to house meetings, classes and medical services. The structure and landscaping also will allow for an aquaponic system to help manage rainwater runoff and to grow fish and vegetables. Visiting was a great opportunity for me to see what community engagement in a disaster recovery situation can look like within a context that is both familiar and completely foreign to me. For more information, check out http://www.akoosmann.blogspot.com
*Ann Panopio lives and works in Houston, Texas US at bcWorkshop. She was traveling through Dumaguete during an overseas family holiday visit in the Philippines, November 2014, and 7 months Multipurpose Hall post occupancy.
Estudio Damgo 2 being put to good use
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.
With only six weeks left until graduation, the Estudio Damgo team was able to shape up and make a lot of progress shrinking the gap in the construction schedule; from four weeks behind, to two weeks. The biggest tasks on site were finalizing the bamboo truss and roof framing and securing all the joints. The bamboo purlins were also fully installed. The structure was getting fastened with bamboo pegs, nylon, and non-slip epoxy at all the joints. After completing all the work, the team tied all the joints with rattan for additional strength and for aesthetics. Other works included filling in grout at the brick wall and welding and painting steel doorframes for the folding doors.
The students and FU workers were doing their best to get the building complete in time. They worked over time 7 days a week. The multipurpose has 100% of the bamboo roof structure and the GI Sheet roof is about halfway installed, two weeks before graduation. There are nearly 300 bamboo joints that needed to be tied with rattan or "uway" to cover the epoxy. And though it takes a lot of time to tie just one joint, the team doubled their work force and many tasks had been worked on simultaneously.
Wrapping it all up, the final week marked the week before graduation, March 22, 2014. Finishes were major priority: Bamboo structure is getting its final clear coat, black enamel paint finish at metal frames, and finish paint at the concrete walls. Electrical is being installed. Plumbing fixtures are finally in and CR tiles are grouted. It's getting there. Students are happy to see the light at the end of this tunnel.
It has been amazing to see the progress at the multipurpose hall for the past few weeks. Thanks to the number of volunteers from Entheos IT and the Office of Administration, the long wait is finally over.
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