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Bicol Habitat eyes bamboo house

Bicol Mail

THE PLANNERS. In photo (left to right) are Architect Rashmi Manandhar, Mr. Aruna Paul Simittrarachichi, national director of Habitat for Humanity Nepal, Charlie S. Ayco, CEO and Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, Mrs. Consuelo T. Dy, Bikol Habitat President.

THEY came  in long sleeve shirts and arm cover, wearing buri hat or the malapad na sombrero, with sun-block cream applied on exposed parts of their arms and hands if only to lessen the bite of the sun on them for being exposed for hours to the elements.

They are volunteers lending their hand and hours to Bicol Habitat, a local organization of a cross-section of society affiliated to Bicol Habitat for Humanity International whose mission is “seeking to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope” for those who have less of these in life.

This time Bicol Habitat is into building model bamboo houses, designed by architects from Nepal.

Already,  Bicol Habitat has come up with one model bamboo house  in barangay Balatas in the City of Naga, and more are coming if a bigger lot is available. This model bamboo house sits on a 6×6 square meter lot, have bamboo posts, bamboo walls, bamboo girders, and GI sheets roof.  Nails are not used to tie the posts and girders, but J hooks. Such a house is preferred by the urban poor and even by members of PagIBIG as it is bigger than the regular Habitat housing unit of 20 square meters.

Pedicabs for garbage collection

By Gerald O. Enguero
Bicol Mail

THE MAYOR AS GARBAGE COLLECTOR. Naga Mayor John Bongat tries one of the pedicabs manufactured by the City’s Solid Waste Management Office to enhance garbage collection initially in the three floors of the public market now known as the Naga City People’s Mall. Photo by RANDY VILLAFLOR

Pedicabs, or mobile carts powered by foot pedal, have been devised to provide a more efficient and speedier way of collecting garbage, initially at the public market here.

At least five units of pedicabs, which cost P14,423.60 each, have been initially dispatched at the Naga City People’s Mall (the renamed city public market) after it was formally launched last July 2 by City Mayor John G. Bongat and personnel of the Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO) headed by Engr. Joel Martin.

Engr. Martin said that the new innovation is in line with Mayor Bongat’s instruction to  attain a 100% collection efficiency in the city’s garbage collection.

“Before, the market cleaners used the conventional wooden cart which was heavier and took a lot of effort to collect garbage around the market’s three floors. The use of pedicabs, which are speedier because they are lighter, will save more time and effort on the part of the cleaners and thus deliver their jobs well,” Martin added

When the scale model was first presented to him, Mayor Bongat requested that his photo and name be removed from the vehicle design.

“I’m looking for long term function of the vehicles which are designed to upgrade garbage efficiency in Naga City that’s why I instructed to remove my picture image and name on the vehicles because my term is just temporary while the use of this kind of innovation should be on a long term,” said Bongat.

Motorized skates collect garbage along railroad tracks

Bicol Mail

MOTORIZED GARBAGE BIN. Above is an artist rendition of a motorized skate unloading garbage into a barangay Material Recovery Facility along a railroad track of the Philippine National Railways in Naga City.

Since it was formally launched March 14, 2012, the city’s railroad garbage collection project has amassed 79.55 tons of bio-waste and 12.95 tons of non-bio-waste, or a total of 92.50 tons of combined waste garbage as of June 27, 2012 from households along Naga City’s railroad area.

The service area covers the barangays of Concepcion Pequeña, Lerma, Tabuco, and Mabulo with a stretched distance of approximately 5 kilometers, which heretofore never experienced garbage collection, much more seen a motorized garbage bin on railroad tracks.

The railroad garbage collection which is being implemented by the city’s Solid Waste Management Office (SMWO) headed by Engr. Joel P. Martin is in consonance with Mayor John Bongat’s citywide environment care and cleanliness drive. Perhaps a first along the cities and municipalities covered by the railroad tracks of the Philippine National

Railways that include Metro Manila, the Naga project features fabricated motor skates with segregated garbage compartment and battery-operated public address system to forewarn residents that their rolling collection bin is coming.

Garbage collected are then unloaded within designated crossing sites that are accessible to collecting garbage trucks.

Garbage and wastes are collected along Barangay Concepcion Pequena-Almeda Railroad-Bgy. Lerma from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday for bio-waste, and on Sunday for non-bio-waste.

For Barangays Tabuco and Mabulo, the railroad skates collect non-bio-wastes every Thursday and non-bio-waste on