A SIARGAO-BASED rehabilitation project proposed by a group of UST architecture seniors won in the urban intervention category of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Lokal Lab’s “Rebuilding Siargao” competition on Aug. 17.

The group of Zion Licup, Janna Basbas, and Van Macalawa was one of the three winners in the category for their entry titled “Tabo at Timba: Community Laundry,” which proposed a communal laundry with a rain collection system. 

Licup said the project would be implemented by the Siargao-based NGO.

“It is a series of rainwater collection tanks that serves as a watershed for their daily needs. It would enhance water access and improve the livelihood of the community,” Licup told the Varsitarian. 

“This proposal is one of the solutions to counter the groundwater saline intrusion, contamination of water resources due to poor sanitation, and lack of water supply facilities in the site,” he added.

Licup also said rehabilitation projects like their entry are critical to helping boost the lives and morale of the community affected by the super typhoon. 

“Not only do the people need personal healing but they also need communal healing by rebuilding their community spaces,” he said. “Community projects and grassroots solutions like these can help in rebuilding the place because it focuses on the actual needs of the community.”

Licup’s group was mentored by College of Architecture faculty member Juan Carlos Eugene Soler.

Thomasians Angela Estrada, Alyssa Gil, Odysseus Urbi, Aya Dris, Harvey Laboy, Jose Daplas, Patrick Sison, Karl Aron, Christian de la Cruz, Alayne de los Reyes, Erika Samaniego, Thomas Intal, Jenrish Jose, Maria Genilo, and Mark Bautista also participated in the competition. 

Lokal Lab, in partnership with Archstorming, launched the competition to help rebuild Siargao after Super Typhoon “Odette” damaged various structures on the island.


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