“Remote island in the Philippines turns to Indiegogo for help in earthbag construction project.
Although often called ‘the last unspoiled frontier’ in the Philippines, Palawan has recently been receiving new attention. The small village of Coron Town is on a mission with an earthbag construction project like no other. “We are looking to create many opportunities for our community by building an earthbag house,” said Susan Rosa, coordinator for the construction project.
An earthbag house is just that. A house constructed from bagged earth which is piled and stacked to form a dome shaped house. They frequently look like large beehives once completed. “We’re building this earthbag home on Mount Tapyas in Coron Town,” explained Rosa. “The original idea was to design and build an earthbag dream house and give it to my mother. We hired members of the community to help us build our dream home, and then it became more of a social project for the whole community.”
Rosa has realized that the earthbag construction project is creating jobs in the poor villages, and helping the community in a bigger way that she had thought possible. “We want to keep this going,” continued Rosa, “and this is why we are now crowdfunding on Indiegogo.”
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