DYNAMIC SYNERGY RESOURCES, INC. in coordination with a leading technical university in the State of Texas and a very established airline, plans to launch a project to cultivate JATHROPA as an alternative source of energy. The plan has received an exciting response from some government officials contacted by the group who will initiate the project. JATROPHA CURCAS AS POTENTIAL SOURCE OF BIO-DIESEL IN THE PHILIPPINES has been the pet project of one of the leaders of this group and will lead the project into its fruition. (Jatropha curcas – locally known as “Tubang-bakod”, “Tuba-tuba”, Tubing kahoy”, “Tubing aso” (Tagalog), “Tagumbao” (Ilocano), “Kasla” (Visayan) and Physic nut (Engl.)- The company has solicited the assistance of Roscon Foundation to assist in this research project, in coordination with Texas A&M, to make this program possible to contribute to the socio-economic recovery of the area where this product could be appropriately grown. This will impact local labor and allow the Foundation to utilize the skills of its present technical staff.
Water Research 2006 – Coron, Palawan
Identification of Water Wells that may Possibly be Contaminated by Coliform Bacteria Within the Vicinity of the Candaba Swamp, Pampanga
by John Ong*, Elizabeth Francisco*, Dan Ferdinand Fernandez*
Pampanga Disaster Response Network, Barangay Health
Workers of Paralaya, Bambang and San Agustine,
and Municipal Health Office of Candaba
On 6-7 September 2004, the Pampanga Disaster Response Network (PDRN) and Oxfam-Great Britain conducted a preliminary investigation of water wells in Barangay Paralaya and Bambang, Candaba, Pampanga in the response to the floods that occurred late in August 2004. Out of the 16 water wells tested, 3 wells failed the potability test.
Rain Gauge Project 2006 to 2008 (Leyte)
This was a project of one of the employees of Dynamic Temporaries assigned at Coron, Palawan, from 2005 through 2006. Roscon Foundation researched wireless and electronics mechanisms to predict mud and landslides. As part of the project, Roscon Foundation examined the role of the use of rain gauges in Leyte to at least accurately measure the amount of rainfall and the effects of such rainfall on the underlying soil. Rain gauges generally consist of a large cylinder with a funnel and a measuring tube inside it. Water is collected in the measuring tube and measurements are made only when someone releases the water. Rain gauges are typically used by forecasters and at major airports to obtain rainfall information. Accurate measurement and recording of rainfall is necessary to understand the potential harms the rain my cause or may have caused to the ground underneath.
Dean Ferdinand Fernandez, geologist, was in Leyte to assist in the February 17, 2006, mudslide in the village of Guinsaugon in the Province of Southern Leyte which encountered a massive landslide that buried 281 houses and an elementary school that was packed with students. The mudslide occurred after weeks of heavy rains. More than 154 deaths have been confirmed and more than 970 reported missing, which included 240 teachers, staff members and students of the elementary school.
At the time, this staff geologist was conducting a water resource research project at Coron, Palawan, and Roscon Foundation assisted in the training of the staff that assisted tapping the water source in the village. It took more than three hours by foot to go through the forest and reach the village, but the project was a success. When the mudslide occurred, Dean, together with the U.P. research group who formed the pilot crew of the water project, flew to Leyte to help. The rain gauge was part of his proposal. The staff in Texas helped him obtain some of these gauges, and to date, communication with the Leyte government is ongoing for some of the province’s needs that aim to prevent disasters like the one that occurred in 2006. There will be another batch of rain gauges to be sent to the Provincial Capitol of Leyte this year.
Projects on Hold