Sustainable Structures

What you build is for the future, and Mother Nature will be its only permanent resident

Apart from ‘brain drain’, PH also bound to suffer ‘muscle drain’ if the minimum wage for construction workers isn’t increased

The party-list group ACTS-OFW on March 2 has called for a P900-daily minimum wage for construction workers to help address a looming shortage due to migration. “We are losing a great deal of good construction laborers to other countries that are paying up to 10 times the P537 daily minimum wage in Metro Manila,” said …

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Bamboo: The worthy alternative to rapidly disappearing wood

The search for alternatives to wood for handicraft, furniture, and construction industries is intensifying, thanks largely to the dawning realization that wood products are quickly becoming depleted as the world’s forested areas inevitably give way to human development. The remaining naturally forested areas and timber lands, at least in the Philippines, have become protected by …

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Forest trees are becoming endangered, too; here’s what our scientists are doing to help

LUCBAN, Quezon – To meet the high demand for quality planting materials of the wood-based industry, ensuring the supply of our forest tree resources is a must. To achieve this, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) funded a project in support …

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If one ditched plane could wreak havoc on NAIA, then how much more ‘the big one’?

The August 17 to 19 mayhem at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport due to the runway excursion of a Xiamen Air jet was an eye-opener of sorts, and has prompted the Senate and the House to launch separate inquiries into the readiness of the country’s airports to cope with potential disasters. One such natural disaster …

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Water hyacinth as material for pet pods

This river nuisance can make your animal companions ‘feel more at home’

The US pet industry is estimated to grow to $72.13 billion in 2018 from $69.51 billion in 2017. With that number also comes the increased amount of trash that each discarded pet toy or pet food packaging that ends up in landfills, if not in the oceans. This, and the hefty price tag of a …

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Falcata Tree - Philippines

PH’s rapidly growing construction industry needs fast-growing trees; DOST fast-tracks studies

  BISLIG, Surigao del Sur–The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) recently held an inception meeting for two newly approved projects under PCAARRD’s Industry Strategic S&T Program (ISP) on Industrial Tree Plantation (ITP). Forester Conrado B. Marquez of the Forest and Timber …

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Forest vines can help PH climb up to becoming world’s top handicraft maker, but only if government intervenes

Forest vines are considered among the best sources of raw materials for handicraft production. They are also excellent sources of materials for low-cost housing, food and beverages, clothing, and medicine in rural areas. These herbaceous or woody plants have roots anchored to the ground, while the rest of their bodies climb by clinging to trees …

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These resorts list their first, and most important, customer as Mother Nature

Even before Boracay was ordered off-limits to tourists, there had been local government units and resort owners trying to learn from the island’s “overtourism” that have led to the abuse of the environment. One of those resort owners is One-Of Collection, the group that manages boutique resort-hotels Amorita Resort and Momo Beach House in Bohol …

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New jeepney designs

Any takers for these jeepney replacements?

Sentimentality may get you nowhere, literally. True, the iconic, ubiquitous jeepney has been the main intra-city/intra-town form of transport in the Philippines for as long as any living resident can remember. But time and transport technology has caught up with the old jeepney, which has gained quite the notoriety for its atrocious emissions, reckless drivers, …

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