PROJECT DIGDI: CCARPH-ADNU Civil Engineering collaboration for institutionalization

A collaboration between the Coastal Cities at Risk in the Philippines (CCARPH), Manila Observatory (MO), National Resilience Council (NRC), Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU), and the City Government of Naga.

DIGDI Team with the beneficiaries during their DOD review and consultation last May 3, 2021.
In photo: Larry Sucatre (CCD), Nancy Borromeo, Johnreynan Borlagdatan, Jenelyn Borromeo, Jennifer Borromeo, Gege Borromeo, Elmer Sto. Domingo Jr. (CCD), Jessie A. Peñero (Brgy. Kgd-DRRMO), Domingo Ramos (Brgy. Captain-Panicuason), Engr. Khim Cathleen M. Saddi (Project Lead, DIGDI)

In December of 2020, the CCARPH project partnered with Ateneo de Naga University through the College of Science and Engineering in the deployment of their Solar Clean Water system in various typhoon-hit communities in Camarines Sur. The visit of the Ateneo Innovation Center (AIC) team led the conversation about disaster risk and community resilience. AIC acknowledged that they have the technology, but no resilient houses to implement their technology on. Coincidentally, the Civil Engineering Department (ADNU CE) had been wanting to do a field testing of their Recycled Concrete technology and disaster-resilient housing designs. In January of 2021, the team was officially formed. 

The Disaster-Resilient and Self-Sustaining House for Community Growth and Resilience Development Innovations (DIGDI) is the ADNU component of the project. The project aims to create a self-sustaining, disaster-resilient house made of Recycled Coarse Aggregate Concrete (RCAC) with a clean water system, built-in rainwater catchment facility, aquaponics system, solar-powered radio communication system, domestic liquid waste-treatment system, Mobile Cloud technology, and communal cooking area with a water heater.  

The DIGDI house will be built in Barangay Panicuason, Naga City, Bicol. Both the design and construction approach will include co-designing, co-ownership, and co-generation to ensure the sustainability of community resilience and development.

The project DIGDI received funding from St. Ignatius Church community, Japan.

Engr. Khim Cathleen M. Saddi is the chair of ADNU Civil Engineering Department and the lead for the Project DIGDI. 

Update (July 5, 2021): You can watch the project’s virtual public launch through Facebook.

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