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an article here about how using "pig manure" into gas and water making it more portable.


Hog raiser Rudy Nuñez smiled as he turned the dial on his stove

to bring the machine to life with a sudden burst of flames.

He was not going to cook anything, he was just showing off.

Yet, he was not mindful of the waste of energy because he had it for free, courtesy of his pigs.


Nuñez was awarded the biogas digester septic tank as part of the Community-Managed Potable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (CPWash) facility,

an initiative of the San Francisco Fundado-Linaga-Canaman Irrigators Association (SFFLCIA) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

CPWash technology seeks to provide potable water by making use of readily available sources of water such as rainwater to agrarian reform beneficiaries.

So far, the DAR has installed 20 iron removal filters,

70 biosand filters, nine rainwater collectors

and 22 biogas digesters in 140 households across Bicol.

Farmer-members of the SFFLCIA in Barangay (village) San Francisco

in Canaman, Camarines Sur, were trained as “para-engineers”

to handle the facility for the benefit of their community and the environment.

Apart from the septic tank,

the project has a water filtration and purification system installed at San Francisco Elementary School to supply potable water to pupils, teachers and community members.

Salty taste

It is common for drinking water in Canaman to suddenly taste like seawater during high tide, said Bernardo Bandola, a resident.

The third-class municipality (annual income: P35 million-P45 million) is at the confluence of the Bicol River and the San Miguel Bay.

The people usually buy water for P80 per plastic container from lorries of the Pili Water District, Bandola said


. Each container has 24 liters of clean water.

Not all households in San Francisco have access to potable water, said Alger T. Abarientos, the principal of San Francisco Elementary School.

“Only several families here have water pumps,” he said. “They do not even have clean water all the time.”

Installed in the school in June, the CPWash facility has a rainwater collector, iron removal filters and biosand filters that purify rainwater and water collected from a nearby well.

Its water is so clean that Abarientos even uses it for cooking rice and drinking.

It is odorless, tasteless and as clear as the bottled mineral water sold in markets, said the SFFLCIA president, Nicanor de Castro.

DOH tests

Water samples taken from CPWash were submitted by the DAR to the Department of Health (DOH) in June to determine if these were safe for drinking, De Castro said. These passed the analysis test conducted by the DOH.

Members of the SFFLCIA upgraded the DAR’s original community potable water project designs a

fter undergoing a nine-day training as para-engineers in March.

The association is among the many beneficiaries of CPWash in at least 16 municipalities in Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Masbate.

Carmelita Estefani, DAR development facilitator for Canaman, said the trainees combined the iron removal filters and biosand filters in the original CPWash design.

They also improved on the biogas digester so that water collected with the pig waste would not overflow, she said.


In a media statement issued earlier, De Castro explained that the farmers replaced the hollow blocks with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes for stronger support and prevention of bacterial growth in the digester. They reduced the culvert filtration holes from 12 to six to minimize possibility of insects passing through the holes, he said.

Water outlets in the filtration and purification system were reduced from 12 to only one

to ensure that water overflowing from the unit will not blend or mix with the filtered one.

De Castro said in a phone interview that the DAR was planning to replicate the new design in other municipalities in Camarines Sur. He said training was being conducted among irrigators and farmers in Garchitorena town,

also in the province, until August to help them build their own CPWash facility.


Nuñez’s has about 10 pigs whose waste goes directly to the upgraded septic tank which, in turn, generates gas. The biogas digester transforms pig waste into energy that he uses as substitute for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and other fossil fuels to save on money and the environment.


Biogas facility


Since receiving the biogas facility this month, the hog raiser has to wait only 15 days to be able to use the biogas emitted by the accumulated pig waste.

Now, he can save P700 to P1,000 every month.

Neighbors used to complain of the stink from hog waste.

With the biogas digester septic tank, the foul smell and sanitation is no longer a problem.

“I am glad that this facility was given free to me because if I would want this built on my own,


I would have to spend around P35,000 according to an estimate done by the farmers who built it for us,” Nuñez said.

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After bio-gas, the pig manure can be converted to fertilizer/compost by the farmer. Another good program is the separation of human urine and waste through an eco-san (ecological sanitation) toilet. The urine can be immediately applied as a fertilizer using a 10 to 1 water dilution. The waste contains pathogens requiring 10 months composting before application. Odor is reduce through the use of ash, which is also considered a fertilizer. 


Because of the Yuck! factor for vegetables and grains destined for human consumption, this new source of fertilizer could be use for forestry products such as bamboo and timber.

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"pig manure" into gas
I suppouse such is profitable even when not thinking of the enviorenment advantage, because a group of farmers did built a big such gas device in Sweden recently.
Not all households in San Francisco have access to potable water
Not odd if well water don't become potable if a well is flooded,

BUT IF they build wells in RP as they do in Cambodia, then it isn't odd if they get unpotable water...

In a Danish project, supporting a Cambodian hospital by among other things building a big well, they had a Danish engineer as consultant, but hired a local "specialist" building team.

Although the Danish engineer had told them how he wanted it, and the building leader had answered he understood, first they build it NOT tight in the upper half (!!) so the water became very muddy.

Then he repeeted it had to be tight in the upper half and even climbed down in the well and did show them how to do, and the build leader answered he had understood. The engineer left to do some other work. When he came back, they had tightened the WHOLE well down to the bottom, so they didn't get any water at all in the well  :hystery:

Finaly a clever of the WORKERS took a drill and made small holes in the bottom half, so they got potable water...

Because of the Yuck! factor for vegetables and grains destined for human consumption, this new source of fertilizer could be use for forestry products such as bamboo and timber.
Well. It's some MODIFIED by the urine separation, but not much new, because in many Swedish farms it has been mixed with animal manuere for some houndred years  :)  by many having outdoor toilets connected to the barn, until farms got indoor water closets.


Don't they find a Yuch factor in animal manuere fertilizer too??  :)

Sweden have used such fertilizer for human food productions too since houndreds of years back since they understood the soil need to get manuere fertilizer to be used effective for many years. Haven't other countries too?

(Back when there where land enough, they just burned down forest to get new fertile soil, when the earlier used soil got to bad. But in between they could get new land when needed and they understood fertilizer and shifting crops different years, they got bad harvests.)

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Don't they find a Yuch factor in animal manuere fertilizer too?? 


Farm animal manure is accepted because they eat mostly grains, grass and plants. Pigs eat anything including slop (leftover human food) and it seems okay. Maybe people don't realize pigs eat anything and everything. Tilapia are bottom feeders. Some farmers dump pig manure into the ponds and the tilapia will eat it. In our restaurants, it appears on the menu as "Hawaiian Sun Fish," which sounds much better than tilapia.  

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seems that even the government is going after their own,

as it appears that they are serious about stopping "(some)" corruption



Fiscal nabbed for extortion

The National Bureau of Investigation on Thursday arrested a state prosecutor

for allegedly extorting P2.5 million from members of Philippine Airlines Employees Association in exchange for dropping the criminal charges filed against them.

Asst. State Prosecutor Diosdado Solidum Jr. was collared during an entrapment operation

in an establishment in Quezon City,

Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, chief of DOJ’s prosecutorial arm, said.

Arellano disclosed that the NBI operation was approved by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima

after receiving complaint from the PALEA members who said Solidum  demanded P2.5 million from them.


“He (Solidum) will be charged appropriately before the office of the Ombudsman,” Arellano said.

According to De Lima, she authorized the NBI operation against the fiscal.


I've said it before and will say it again that I don’t mind undertaking such entrapment operations against our own people and suffering the consequent embarrassment for the institution,

if only to send a clear and strong signal that corruption has No place in DOJ,” De Lima said, in a text message.


NBI director Nonnatus Caesar Rojas said that Solidum was arrested by members of the counter terrorism division.

PALEA president Gerry Rivera expressed hope that the courts and government agencies

would be fair in dispensing with the  extortion case against Solidum.

The case against 241 PALEA members reached the DOJ after they appealed a resolution of the Pasay City Prosecutors’ Office found probable cause to charge them in court.

In their petition for review, they said the complaint involving a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation

(SLAPP) was meant to intimidate, harass,

and stifle the rights of the respondents-appellants in the exercise of their constitutionally-protected rights.


 Mrs De Lima thanks for a start to make things better for all. :thumbs-up-smile:

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A lone airport employee worked for nearly nonstop for 40 hours during the storm to provide the "jet bridge" connections to the planes



MANILA - It may indeed be "more fun in the Philippines" if you're a tourist,


but for some people tasked to welcome visitors to these parts,

it's mostly just plain hard work, low pay and no job security.


Especially when you're the lone aerobridge operator handling over a hundred flights nonstop for 40 hours of steady monsoon rains enhanced by a storm.

International airlines operating at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)

Terminal 1 are all praises for the aerobridge operator who managed this superhuman feat on Monday and Tuesday,

but it seems there's little chance of seeing a repeat in coming days.

For one thing, the very few aerobridge operators still around are seriously considering following in the footsteps of colleagues who were pirated by Qatar airport - for salaries about six times more, with medical insurance and a firm job contract to boot.


That's the worry of Arnold Gansen Geneta, who with his colleague Oliver Dellagas were cited by airline operators at NAIA-1 for untiringly servicing - they were the only ones among 19 operators who reported Monday - arriving and departing passengers at the height of the Maring-monsoon rains that flooded half of Metro Manila for three days.


At some point, according to Terminal 1 manager Dante Basanta, Dellagas

had to leave to check on his family in a severely flooded area, but was stranded and could not go back,

leaving Geneta no choice but to continue doing the job alone, and ending up working 40 hours straight.


It was a job normally handled by 6 operators on each shift - over five shifts.

Geneta thus handled all by himself around 60 arrivals and 60 departures,

most of them delayed arrivals when the combined Habagat-Maring fury paralyzed Metro Manila Monday and Tuesday, causing over a hundred cancellations of both international and domestic flights.



i give this worker :thumbsup:  for the good work he did during the recent storm,

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If we all take on an ethic like Mr Genera has, can you imagine just how much better this world would be? Maybe if we try to even be a little more like him...

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2 high school students in Nueva Vizcaya  find 350.000 in cash/checks and turn it in,

(now the story)



BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya , Philippines   –

Two high school juniors in Aritao town are now being hailed for their honesty.

Thanks to Jurel Culay-an and Jovelito Corpuz of the Aritao National High School,

a businessman got back his leather pouch containing P350.000 in cash and checks.


Chief Inspector Chevalier Iringan, Aritao police chief, said the two students

were having their early morning jogging last Thursday when they stumbled upon a leather pouch in front of the public market.

Instead of getting the pouch, they proceeded to the nearby police detachment and reported their find. Policemen, in turn, were the ones who retrieved the pouch.

“We were very afraid then upon seeing the cash.

It’s our first time to see such (an amount),” police quoted one of the students as saying.


A few hours later, a palay trader, who requested not to be identified, went to the police station and reported the loss of his pouch, which matched the one found by the students. 


The palay trader said his pouch – which contained P150.000 in cash and several checks –

could have slipped from his lap when he alighted from his car to buy some goods at the public market. 

School principal Buena Fe Ramos said the honesty of the two students is worthy of emulation.

“We are very glad that they remain honest despite their financial difficulties. We are very proud of them,” she said.

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School principal Buena Fe Ramos said the honesty of the two students is worthy of emulation


Nice...Buena Fe means good faith I think.

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