In order to meet the demand of sea-food resources in Dumaguete, the city has been importing its fisheries from the neighboring towns and even from another islands. Apart from that the city is surrounded by water yet still relying from the neighboring cities supply. The City Government of Dumaguete had already established marine sanctuaries as part of the city's food security program and environmental preservation campaign to different towns yet the supply is not enough.In order to attain food security from these marine sanctuaries, fish wardens are the one obliged to secure the area. But the challenge, there is no place for them to do their task and a place for them to stay during their shifts and they will just stay from somebody’s house to secure the sanctuary.
To design, raise and build a structure that will be able to support the food security program, preserve the marine environment and provide a place where fishwardens can do their jobs efficiently and effectively;a Marine Sanctuary Center that would aid the absence of a guardhouse. A hands-on experience headed by the student-leaders of EstudioDamgo III.
Over the course of the past two years, Estudio Damgo has made a significant impact on its local communities. They have accomplished this by creating simple structures that would make a difference in everyday life while addressing the peoples’ needs; implementing sustainability and efficiency into our design. This challenged could only be accomplished by assuming a pioneering spirit in the student-lead team of Estudio Damgo III and a relentless pursuit of excellence in every aspect of the exceptional task. This approach along with hands-on experiece by the 9 team members and assistance by community volunteers and city consultants will ultimately realize the goal of useful and environmentally friendly structure.
Their next project is remarkably unique, for the structure will not be on land but to float on the water. It is a challenging project that not only involves the conventional construction but also introduces a new kind of structural technique. Building on land is already difficult, how much more if the structure is on the water? This adds even more to the challenge the student-lead needs to face in their design and build project.
The Marine Sanctuary Center will be built off the shore of Bantayan, Dumaguete City that could very well become the prototype for marine sanctuaries in the Philippines as well having a significant impact with the community.
The Marine Ecosystem gives life to all living things, specifically animals, plants and creatures on water, land and even human beings. Without it, we wouldn't survive. We get all our substantial needs met, such as fish and other marine life that provide our daily nutritional needs as well as the communities’ daily economic needs.
Making a living as a fisherman requires a great deal of skill, knowledge of the ocean and the local waters and what is available within the navigation fishing range. It takes not only a great deal of hard work and long hours but significant attention, patience, perseverance in order to provide for their families. The waters in the area can be quite difficult to handle at times when the sea is not stable; it’s a risky job for they also need to face the natural elements that can be sudden and fatal. Since the Philippine climate has its rainy season, it’s quite hard for them to work catching fish, negatively impacting their revenues. This is one of the primary reasons for the marine sanctuary center that also acts as a guardhouse for the fish wardens, in the long run it will help protect and sustain the fishing needs of the community. If the marine ecosystem is not well preserve and protected the impact would be devastating to the entire region of Negros Oriental. In time the marine sanctuary becomes the main breeding ground for the fish and protects all the marine environment. Then there would be a lot of fish to catch and the community wouldn’t have to worry about its reliance on fishing as their economic base.
Securing the marine sanctuary plays an important role in protecting our seas and their marine ecosystem; and one of the major concerns of the fishermen and its community is the lack of marine facility that can serve as a guard house for the fish warden. Through interview it became apparent that fish wardens have to stay at a community members’ house to sleep and have shelter from the elements in order to do his job of protecting the marine sanctuary. This is not only inefficient but also become a great encumbrance and inconvenience for the homeowner.
These individual and communal concerns have led the senior Architecture students of Estudio Damgo to design, build and raise the funds necessary for a marine facility that would meet their needs. The solution is to build a structure that would be an example or prototype for the challenge that all marine sanctuaries are faced with, eventually play a significant role in the society, economy, community and environmentally.