Estudio Damgo II: A Filipino Design-Build Studio

by Foundation University
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After the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy in 2012, the local government of Dumaguete City decided to provide a safer resettlement area in Brgy. Bajumpandan for the typhoon victims.

With the help of the City Social Work Department, the community has been organized and often needed a convenient and spacious place for the important meetings.

Estudio Damgo II found its purpose in the aspect of community organizing by the government social workers and some non-government organizations whose utmost desire is to help the community attain development. During the meetings usually conducted by the social workers, the main problems and solutions, both immediate and permanent, are being tackled. The fruitful sharing of ideas would lead to better results for the community's gain.

Moreover, the place has become a strategic area for public announcements for the upcoming activities, meetings, invitation to join multi-purpose cooperatives and a lot more which could be of great relevance to the residents.

ED II continues to serve its purpose to unite people in attaing community development.

Estudio Damgo II has retained its beauty
Estudio Damgo II has retained its beauty

Estudio Damgo II continues to serve its purpose and beyond to the community. The building is utilized by locales as a venue for meetings that involve community concerns. It also serves as a function hall for small gatherings organized by place's core association.

The venue caters different age group from youngsters to the older ones. For kids, it also serves as a place for Sunday School. Children have their classes with designated teachers for additional academic/religious lessons. Senior Citizen's association also gather together here to conduct activities or sessions for their group.

Local officials make us of the multipurpose hall for guest speakers to conduct lectures or talk for the development of the community.

ED II has been a useful venue to improve the quality of life of people. It serves as a place where growth, development and community involvement takes place.

Locales gathering inside the Hall for a talk
Locales gathering inside the Hall for a talk
Estudio Damgo II has retained its beauty
Estudio Damgo II has retained its beauty
Estudio Damgo II has retained its beauty
Estudio Damgo II has retained its beauty
Welcome Center under construction
Welcome Center under construction

Setting out to design and build the multipurpose hall for the Bajumpandan village flood survivors three years ago, we discovered that the benefits of Estudio Damgo "dream studio" extend well beyond the built structure.  Estudio Damgo is completing their fourth building, a welcome center located at Dumaguete City's port terminal.  We are delighted to share that Estudio Damgo has received a lot of recognition and support since launching our pilot project in 2012 and it continues to raise the bar in architecture education in the Philippines. 

Our accomplishments include:

  • Four community built structures: a daycare for a rural mountain village (2013), a multipurpose hall for flood survivors of two national disasters (2014), a floating guardhouse for the marine sanctuary (2015), and a welcome center at Dumaguete's port ferry terminal (2016).
  • 21 architecture graduates empowerd with the skills to become professional leaders
  • 3 licensed architects and 13 architecture graduates employed in firms and working towards their license
  • 1 TAYO student award
  • United Architects of the Philippines Students award and recognition
  • 2015 National Winner Eco-Friendly Schools in the Philippines United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

We couldn't have done it without your support.  The program continues moving forward and we're very close to meeting our funding goal for the mulitpurpose hall.  Today, we've raised $7,494 through GlobalGiving.  Thank you for all your help and sticking with our program over the years.  We only need $2,506 to meet our $10,000 goal.  Please help us reach this goal! 

Welcome Center under construction
Welcome Center under construction
Welcome Center under construction
Welcome Center under construction
Welcome Center rendering
Welcome Center rendering
Welcome Center rendering
Welcome Center rendering
Welcome Center rendering
Welcome Center rendering
Barangay Council, Core Shelter, & Foundation U.
Barangay Council, Core Shelter, & Foundation U.

Over the past five months, I returned to the Philippines as a Fulbright Scholar and consulting architect to shore up the architecture design-build program at Foundation University.  It was timely to return after three built comunity projects to review how well the buildings have been integrated into the community.  From August - December 2015, I teamed up with the director of research and community extension, Geraldin Quinones, to revisit each community and barangay council.  At the multipurpose hall, we discovered that there were some missing links between the city, barangay council, and community beneficiaries on owner agreements.  After visiting the site and reviewing building condition and operations, we learned that the water was not yet hooked up to the comfort room (toilet plumbing) and rainwater was flooding the interior from a neighboring roof.  It was unclear to the Core Shelter community which name to enlist on the water and electrical bills for the connection. It was also unclear to the community beneficiaries for whom to report the maintenance issues for the issue of flooding interior.  Since March 2014, Foundation University officially turned over the multipurpose to the City of Dumaguete with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The agreements stipulated that the City of Dumaguete was the owner of the multipurpose hall; however, over 1 year after the turn over, it was revealed that ownership was lacking within the city departments.  After several meetings, with the barangay council we determined that the barangay of Bajumpandan, a local government unit, should be the official owner.  To finalize this, we issued a Deed of Donation between Foundation University and the Barangay of Bajumpandan members.  We held a small program at the multipurpse hall on December 19, 2015 just before Christmas.  Foundation University president, Dean Sinco, announced three scholarships for Core Shelter residents to receive education at the elementary, prepatory, and college levels.  Orlando Enquig, the barangay captain, addressed the community about their responsibilities as the site managers and beneficiaries of the building.  Nicky Dumapit, a local personality, environmentalist and educator, played a song using hand-made, native instruments.  It was a nice event to reconnect our partners with the community for a positive turn out and it shows our dedication to our partners for longterm benefits.   After the Deed of Donation, the barangay captain asked for our assistance in creating a memorandum of agreement between the barangay council and Core Shelter to clarify responsibilities between owners and beneficiaries.  Taking the time to go through this process to finalize formal agreements at these different stages has been beneficial to all parties. As an institution we now know the steps it takes to make sure ownership of the structures are well integrated.  It also helps the community understand their role and responsibilities as the beneficiaries.  We are glad to see that the multipurpose hall is well integrated and that the owners will maintain the building for a long life. 

Please support and help us cover our material costs by donating.  

Deed of Donation - Nicky Dumapit Drumming
Deed of Donation - Nicky Dumapit Drumming
Deed of Donation - Signing
Deed of Donation - Signing
Deed of Donation - Community Partners
Deed of Donation - Community Partners
Deed of Donation - Core Shelter Community
Deed of Donation - Core Shelter Community
Deed of Donation - Festivities
Deed of Donation - Festivities

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Playing games on the steps of the Multipurpose
Playing games on the steps of the Multipurpose

Each time I visit Core Shelter community and the multipurpose hall, I learn something new.  A couple weeks ago, I happened to witness an unexpected event.  Foundation University workers and I were visiting the project site to assess the building condition for maintenance and improvements.  As we approached the community,  residents were gathered at the steps of the multipurpose, playing bingo and eating food.  It appeared as if we stumbled upon a fiesta celebration of sorts.  I soon came to realize after speaking with ma'am Johna David, that two elderly women had passed away within a weeks time of each other, and the residents were using the multipurpose to hold the wake and funeral services.

It is Filipino tradition to honor the death of a loved one by hosting a wake at the family's home.  The casket is typically placed inside the home where family and friends can commune and visit day and night.  Funeral wakes and visitations can last up to two weeks.  Filipinos honor a person in time of death, by playing games and sharing food and conversation while also comforting family members, so that they are not alone.  It is a time of celebration and in this case, Core Shelter homes are very small and it would be cumbersome to have a casket inside the home for so many days.  The multipurpose hall serves benefits the residents, friends, and families who will visit over an extended period of time.  The building design is open to receive many visitors, at all hours, without compromising the family's domestic life.  It's great to know that the building has served so many uses for very special occasions.

 

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Organization Information

Foundation University

Location: Dumaguete, Negros Oriental - Philippines
Website: http:/​/​foundationu.com
Project Leader:
Anna Koosmann
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental Philippines

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