BISCAST, Naga City- The Bicol State College of Applied Science and Technology (BISCAST) welcomed about 25 foreign and local delegates of Cities Development Initiatives for Asia last November 22, 2017 to visit and observe the GIZ-The Urban Nexus’ Climate Change Resilient Pilot Housing (CCRPH).

Delegates from Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Germany, India, and Philippine were delighted by their first hand-experience at CCRPH which is part of BISCAST’s quest for innovative linkage with GIZ Urban Nexus Group.

Some of the delegates are Armando Marulitua, Reetta Pranari, Anna Susanti, Gerry Candra and Wicaksono Sarosa of Indonesia; Nasiri Ghafon Khan, Adnan Khan and Muhammad Ayubkhan of Pakistan; Rainer Speer, Abirvl Jabbar and  Zahidhossain Shaikh of Bangladesh; Garsten Gluecknen, Manered Torre, Germvuwus Pause, Juergeu Baumann and Thomas Iaagduru of Germany; Rajesh Lande, Nelkanth Poman and Kistee Shan of India; and Jomel Anthony Gutierrez, Kristina Diza, Jovenne Sagun, Gaudencio Asis Jr., Jaztin Robert Aliza and Cristina Cleopas of Philippines.

These delegates are part of AP-SHFEG Meeting and CDIA 10th Anniversary Celebration who were initially welcomed by Naga City LGU.

BISCAST showcased the accomplishments of its climate-resilient housing, particularly how it helps the institution to save annual energy and water consumption.

Records show that within a year, 10% of the annual energy consumption has been saved while the school could still utilize 73% from Rainwater Harvester since only 27% was consumed by the main water supply.

Aside from the CCRPH, visitors were able to see how the construction materials are being made as Dr. Isidro R. Bola, Director of Physical Plant Development Maintenance showed and demonstrated it to them.

According to VP for Administration and Finance (VPAF), Dr. Orbel Cepeda, it was an overwhelming experience to disseminate this research-based construction project to foreign visitors since it can be of big help to the community.

GIZ Nexus Adviser Werner Haberzett, who was also present in the activity, backed the plan knowing that a lot of rural and urban communities will be benefited.

It can be recalled that this construction technology can withhold even a magnitude 8 earthquake and 200kph typhoons.  

Also, the objective of the Project is to enable low-income urban dwellers to acquire homes of their own in order to improve their living conditions.

Members of local media were also present in the said activity.