An environment-friendly camp to be estalished within the UP Visayas campus in Miagao, Iloilo will soon rise.

Leading wireless services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has joined a multi-sector partnership led by University of the Philippines Vanguard, Inc. (UVI) – the organization of UP ROTC officials and alumni – that will help build the green infrastructure facility.

The soon to be built UP ROTC headquarters in the Visayas has been named ‘Terra Kuta’, a play on the word terracotta, a type of earthenware. ‘Terra’ is from the Latin word for earth and ‘Kuta’ is a word used by military men to refer to their base or camp.

Made of “natural and recycled materials” the Terra Kuta aims to contribute to the drive of going for more earth-friendly and sustainable construction.

According to the Terra Kuta project coordinator Earl Edward Baludio and the team from DLDiesto Architects which designed and developed the project, the structure will be built using alternative construction materials such as clay, old tires, glass bottles, aluminum cans and shredded tarpaulin.

Smart has been running tarpaulin recycling projects as part of its environmental advocacies, with the flagship program based in Iloilo’s Gawad Kalinga village in Sooc, Arevalo District.

“Smart has been working with GK village in Sooc, Iloilo on the tarpaulin recycling program called ‘Project Zero’ which has become a source of livelihood for the families,” said Atty. Jane Paredes, head of Smart Public Affairs for Visayas and Mindanao.

“The company has been donating old tarpaulin materials previously used as billboards and banners which the GK community has been turning into specially designed and handcrafted bags and accessories.”

“With our partnership with the UP Vanguard Panay-Negros Chapter, we have expanded our tarpaulin recycling program while helping in this project. We hope this would set an example to other builders to use recycled materials to help the environment while saving on costs,” added Paredes.

“We are thankful to our partners for supporting us in this project,” said UP Vanguard, Inc. National Commander Melito Salazar Jr. “We are glad that there are companies like Smart who share our vision of going for more environment-friendly solutions and alternatives. The Terra Kuta is something that we will be proud of now and in the years to come.”

Smart’s shredded tarpaulins will be used for the structure’s flooring.  Tarpaulin materials will also be used to adorn the building’s interiors.

Smart points out that this is not the first time that tarpaulin is used in construction as the GK Village in Iloilo has also been trained and equipped to shred tarpaulin and use the material to produce bricks.

There are also plans to install solar panels in the buildings to make it earth-friendly and sustainable even after the construction phase.

Once the whole structure is finished, the Terra Kuta will house the barracks, administration offices and training ground for UP’s ROTC courses.

Story & photo credits: Smart Communications

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