DPWH to use 'green' technology

April 13, 2011 12:35 am 

MANILA, April 11 — In support of the government's effort to promote green engineering and minimize the effects of climate change, the Department of Public Works and Highways is conducting training on bio-engineering technology for construction, planning and design to engineers.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the training will teach project engineers on the use of coconut fiber/coconets erosion control materials as bio-engineering measures and be able to properly apply this new technology in on-going and future projects.

Coco-fiber products can be used as coconut fiber materials or coconets for soil conditioning and erosion control, he said.

Earlier, Singson issued Department Order No. 41 directing all regional directors, district engineers and project engineers to prioritize in the design consideration the usage of coconut bio-engineering products in all projects especially those involving slope stabilization, soil conditioning, soil erosion prevention and/or hydroseeding.

Singson said the use of the coco-fiber products in the engineering industry will not only benefit the environment but will also support the Aquino administration's poverty alleviation program through employment opportunities particularly for coconut farmers in rural areas.

At the end of the three-day training, engineers are expected to gain more knowledge on the general characteristics of coconut fiber, distinguish the characteristics and specifications of coconut fiber geotextiles and bio-engineering materials. (PNA)

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