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S. Koreans to build more soil houses in Bulacan
By Dino Balabo

Apr 04, 2012

PLARIDEL, Bulacan – A group of South Korean students are expected to build more houses here made of soil when they return next year.

This came after five students of architecture of the Mokpo National University (MNU) in South Korea built a soil house at the Jubilee Homes at Barangay Lumang Bayan in this town.

Jubilee Homes is a housing project of the Diocese of Malolos intended for victims of typhoons Ondoy, Pedring and Quiel.

Father Dennis Espejo of the St. James parish here said the soil house built by South Korean students was meant to showcase the utilization of indigenous materials in building houses.

Every year, Mokpo National University sends students to Plaridel for community immersion, and when they saw our housing project, they introduced the soil house,” said Espejo who is also the chair of the Commission on Service of the Diocese of Malolos.

He said the soil house was constructed by five MNU architecture students with the help of 20 other students from this town.

 “It’s very strong and very cheap because they only used soil and bamboo sticks,” Espejo said noting that the house was completed in just 10 days.

The soil house was built using bamboo sticks and compacted soil dug from the old vegetable farm here where the Jubilee Homes is being constructed.

Espejo said that more Korean students are coming to this town next year to help build more soil houses.

“They will be coming with some experts who used to build soil houses in their country,” he said, noting that soil house built at Jubilee homes was constructed by non experts. “That is why it has cracks on the wall.”

In their visit to South Korea last year, Espejo said they were shown two to three storey buildings made of soil.

He said the building was built using minimal steel frame and concrete hallow blocks.

But for bungalow houses, the priest said South Koreans never use any steel frame.

As this developed, Bishop Jose Oliveros announced that at least 100 housing units will be awarded to beneficiaries by May 15.

He said that Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto will lead the turnover after the blessing of housing project.

Oliveros said that apostolic nuncio visited the housing project on March 10 and vowed to donate funds for the construction of an additional housing unit.

“The Papal Nuncio was so happy to see the Jubilee Homes and he called me two days after the visit saying that he will send funds to build another unit,” Oliveros said.

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