As part of the research extension program, Foundation University is conducting post-occupancy evaluations on the first three Estudio Damgo structures to improve future projects for its long-term success. Led by research department faculty, Ma'am Geraldin Quinones, former Estudio Damgo project manager, Anna Koosmann, and with the assistance from Estudio Damgo student alumni, they are gathering qualitative data from community residents, teachers, and baranguay officials after being occupied over the past years.
Surveys from 7 Core Shelter community members reveal that the majority of the residents are largely satisfied with the multipurpose hall design and performance of the structure. During the survey discussions, the president of Core Shelter, Jona David, expressed her gratitude for the building. She reflected that before the multipurpose hall was built, residents would meet in one of the houses to hold community meetings. There are over 50 households in the community. The homes are small, one-room spaces that hold no more than 10 people comfortably. Before, not all residents felt welcomed to join in on the discussions. If they did attend meetings, residents would stand in the street or outside the window to participate. Now, community meetings are filled between 50-60 residents at each meeting. The multipurpose hall can accommodate at least one representative from each household to participate in one, unified space. The president emphasized, by having a neutral space, it has largely benefited the community to resolve conflicts. Before, if there were a conflict between two families, the residents would find a neutral family household to work out the issues. Now, the multipurpose hall creates a neutral and safe space to have meaningful discussions, helping to create harmony among the community. It was also expressed that the residents prefer to use the multipurpose hall to resolve issues instead of going to the local baranguay hall.
The positive reactions expressed by the community are fuel for the Estudio Damgo program to continue creating meaningful structures that enable positive change within the community.
After assessing the post-occupancy condition of the building structure, remarkably the bamboo columns and truss members are weathering well after one year. The research team has taken notes on areas to maintain and repair, in order for the community to make full use of the building for other activities, such as access to medical services and adult training.
Still, the multipurpose site remains without the grey water management system. The Phase II plans for the livelihood program includes improvements to the site sewer trench by creating a bioswale, and a livelihood program that uses aquaponics and vertical growing wall. The program is waiting for funding to support this essential part of the program. Without the water management system, the site continues to flood due to poor sewer system. The dirt trench alongside the road collects debris and garbage and overflows with heavy rain.
Please donote to support Phase II of our program so that we can ensure the completion of this project to help the flood survivors. The benefits from the training of this livelihood program will nourish the community and the environment. Please help.
As part of Estudio Damgo's (Dream Studio) mission to teach Filipino college students sustainable design to benefit a chosen community, Foundation University's Agriculture extension program, lead by Mark Espedilla, continues to work with the residents of Core Shelter community since the relationships were formed through the Multipurpose Hall project in 2013. During the second semester this past February (and marking nearly one year after the ribbon cutting), Espedilla's extension program took their fieldwork on solid waste management to Core Shelter. Espedilla says the residents are proud of the Multipurpse Hall and they keep it clean. The students used the Multipurpose Hall to instruct residents on urban composting and gardening. The community is now supplied with a rotary composting unit and the knowledge to reduce and use their waste for gardening. Espedilla's extension program demonstrates Estudio Damgo's mission through and exchange of ongoing relationships, which benefit both Foundation University's students and the local community. Foundation University’s College of Business Administration has also conducted fieldwork with Core Shelter using the Multipurpose Hall.
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.
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