BISCAST, Naga City – A total of 34 participants from local government units (LGUs) and private construction companies in Bicol Region attended the Climate Change Resilient Pilot Housing (CCRPH) – Technology Transfer and Dissemination last May 10-11 at BISCAST Conference Room.

The training facilitated by BISCAST Nexus Team and Research Extension Production and Enterprise Development (REPED) was attended by LGUs from Virac, Masbate, Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Legazpi City and Naga City as well as private builders who are interested with the CCRPH technology.

The CCRPH Technology Transfer and Dissemination focused mainly on the practical training on design and construction of the BISCAST low-cost house building system through the utilization of the following strategies: demonstration, familiarization, production, and application.

The participants were able to determine and familiarize the operation of the hybrid composite beam (HCB) machine and blocks as well as the operation of the vibrating table.

Hands-on training on HCB and beam production; planning and construction, and practical application of HCB laying were also provided in the training.

Dr. Isidro R, Bola, Dean of College of Trade and Technology (CTT) and Director of Physical Plant Development and Maintenance Service (PPDMS), Engr. Victor J. Revilla and Ar. Virgilio Montero were the assigned trainers in the two-day training.

Urban Nexus Adviser Werner Haberzettl, on the other hand, presented the Nexus approach with the CCRPH.

BISCAST President Dr. Richard H. Cordial said that the training is BISCAST’s way of sharing the school’s research output.

Cordial said, “We are not interested in the income generated profit. Interesado kami na makashare lang kami ng research output ng school. (We are interested in sharing the research output of the school.)”

The president also laid out the recognition given to BISCAST’s CCRPH including the Philippine Green Building Initiative’s (PGBI) highest rating of KAMAGONG for complying with the eight categories of the Geared for Resiliency and Energy Efficiency for Environment (GREEN) Building Rating System, and the Certificate of Accreditation given by the Office of the President’s Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) through the Accreditation of Innovative Technologies for Housing (AITECH) committee.

Meanwhile, Naga City Mayor John Bongat acknowledged the effort of BISCAST and GIZ-Nexus for developing a technology that answers how houses can be resilient to climate change.

Bongat said, “This is an example of collaboration between different stakeholders on how we can develop cheap, affordable housing that is climate change resilient.”

It can be remembered that during the visit of Cities Development Initiatives for Asia delegates last year, Bongat said that the Naga City LGU is planning to adopt the GIZ technology construction of BISCAST’s CCRPH because of its excellent structure and architecture and environmental benefits.