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O17 WATER CHALLENGE 2020 - Team MNL

O17 WATER CHALLENGE 2020 - Team MNL

by amudha josefinelynggaa pinespotato tanquionmelanie | updated November 16, 2020

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We are from the Philippines. We aim to implement a quality drainage net and filters in communities of Metro Manila.

October 30, 2020 at 7:50 AM
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Our problem definition is the poor drainages of our country, the heavy rain that causes overflowing floods in communities, and affecting lives not only in human beings but also in other living things.

In this slide, we prepared commons and possible problems we are facing from time to time. These WH questions will be the hypothesis of our project.

1. Why is the Philippines experiencing floods?

2. What are the causes of overflowing floods in the Philippines?

3. What City/Cities in the Philippines are affected by flooding?

4. What solutions can we gather to prevent the overflowing floods in the Philippines?

5. What are the possible target area/s?

October 30, 2020 at 8:13 AM
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In our country, ineffective/poor drainages is a huge problem and there is no separate stormwater and wastewater in the sewerage system so it means the wastewater from septic systems freely mixes with the stormwater but this is not bad as it sounds as the volume of stormwater is larger than the wastewater since we're near to the pacific ocean, storms, and a typhoon is a normal and natural thing you will consider living here in the Philippines. So these poor drainages are causing our country on having overflowing floods. And of course, not only the poor drainages are causing overflowing floods it's also because of heavy rainfall, dumping of garbages in waterways (the irresponsibility that people can do), and the rapid industrialization.

So as you can see in this chart, 2020 floods report in the Philippines. It's not updated since we had a strong typhoon last night and until now, I can't find any resources and references where the floods are occurring in our country. So there was a tropical cyclone called Vongfong last 14th of May that affected 18,000 people in 59 cities. And by 4th of October, there was a heavy rainfall that affected at least 800 people in 2 cities. And the latest one last 13-17th of October, typhoon Ofel, in over 4 consecutive days, almost 235,000 people affected by the floods in 7 provincial cities and provinces.

So we can state that all parts of places in the Philippines were affected by the heavy rainfall and overflowing floods before and to the next incoming years. And as giving you evidence, where you can see on the left side picture, where the country of the Philippines is not visible and covered by the typhoon Quinta last 25th of October evening.

October 30, 2020 at 8:14 AM
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Our approach to this problem is the drainage net and filters will be more like a latex rubber material net and a nylon filter cloth that will hold the microplastics and other waste plastic materials.

As you can see these are prototypes of the nets and filters, our main product is to cultivate the two properties of the two samples and unite them as one. Which will then lead to a much better, efficient version

The materials that can be collected from nets are plastics, leaves, cigars, and other recyclable and non-recyclable materials. When these mentioned materials get blocked, *there is an absolute certainty for cleaner water, pollution will be lessened, and the quality of aquatic and marine life underwater will be preserved for the next generations to come*

But aside from those already mentioned, our project can also lead to other benefits, like employments for people like a waste manager or what we call "Janitors" to maintain and make sure to regulate the nets.

And the segregated materials (possible the plastic bottles and other plastic materials) will be recycled and turned into eco blocks.

You can see in the picture on the right side which the plastic bottles can turn into eco blocks that can last up to 450-1000 years before you can decompose it. It's actually four times stronger than the regular hollow blocks that we use to build our house. These will be the possible experiment we will run after collecting and segregating the waste materials from the net for a more sustainable and cleaner environment.

October 30, 2020 at 8:16 AM
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Our target areas will possibly in two testing places which namely Ermita and Tondo, places from the City of Manila inside the Metro Manila. And actually, Metro Manila is also known as National Capital Region (NCR), is the center of Luzon and the capital region of the Philippines that consist of 16 Cities. But Manila is more popular than the other cities and we chose this city where we can test our project so if the outcome will be successful, we may implement our project nationwide. 

Commonly the district of Tondo is known for being one of the poorest and almost undeveloped areas of the city and a very crowded place where everything is scattered and can cause overflowing floods in times when typhoons or storm comes.

And the Ermita is the central part of the city where you can find a significant center of finance, education, culture, and commerce. In short, all people like workers, students, and residence in this area are very populated.

These two mentioned places are known for highly urbanized, and also has a high consumption and production of waste materials.

October 30, 2020 at 8:17 AM
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November 7, 2020 at 11:17 PM
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This is our Theory of Change Canvas, where you can see all the detailed questions are answered. 

In our overall assumption in this Theory of Change, is that if only the citizens in the Philippines will volunteer and support, and the organization/s will help and donate or fund us, there will be a possible certainty that this project will work plus help the whole country to develop.

November 7, 2020 at 11:18 PM
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November 12, 2020 at 9:24 AM
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For this project to make happen, we need the support of people and also the donations they will give to us to help implement this project.

We are planning to collaborate with the SEED4COM, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), they are the organization who provides help in improving human conditions, disaster-hit, and empowering poverty-stricken areas, rural and last-mile communities in the Philippines.  They also run an environmental program called Ecobricks Philippines where they do various activities and help each other to make plastics' reusable and formed into eco-bricks. We choose this organization because we know that this is the right one and can help us to turn our project into reality.

November 12, 2020 at 9:25 AM
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The precipitating events that currently happened to us are the heavy rainfall that causes overflowing floods and possibly landslide too.

So the people who are more likely opposed to this project are those who have businesses of bricks or blocks and junkshops.

In this project, there are several things we're not yet settled on and these are the lack of resources where we can get the materials we will be needed in making the product. And no assurance if our project will work because we didn't do any experiment.

The resources we will need to make this project successful are the voluntary acts from people inside the partnered organization. And the workplace, where we will work for the product and the transformation of segregated materials that will be collected in nets and filters.

November 12, 2020 at 9:25 AM
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These are the prototypes of the nets and filters, the main product is to cultivate the two properties of the two samples and unite them as one. These will then lead to a much better, efficient version.

We will install a drainage net made out of latex rubber material and a nylon cloth filter that both design as easily expandable so it can hold a massive amount of wastes through the canals.

November 16, 2020 at 7:10 AM
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SEED4COM runs an environmental program called Ecobricks Philippines, in which they do various activities and help each other to make plastics' reusable and formed into eco-bricks.

In this project, the collected waste materials such as plastics, leaves, cigars, and other recyclable and non-recyclable materials will be segregated and recycled to turn into eco-bricks. Eco-bricks can last up to 450-1000 years before you can decompose it.

November 16, 2020 at 7:20 AM
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The first mentor who gave us feedback is ma'am Stephanie, she clarifies more about our proposed solution. Those people who will volunteer and the partnered organization of what they can help to our project. 

The second mentor was ma'am Ana Carolina, she asked and clarifies some keys and adds some information about our project. She said also that we know what problems really want us to tackle and our proposed solution is relevant to the criteria of judging. 

November 16, 2020 at 11:36 PM
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