Today is World Toilet Day! Know More About the Toilet

  • Do you know that there are 2.6 billion people who have no access to clean and sanitary toilet?
  • Today is World Toilet Day. It is celebrated in 19 countries with more than 51 events related to water and sanitation.
  • Do you know that there is WTO (not the World Trade Organization) but the World Toilet Organization. The WTO organized the World Toilet Day to create awareness among the rest of the population on the struggle of some 2.6 billion who don’t have access to clean and sanitary toilet facilities.
  • There’s also the WTC (not the World Trade Center) but the World Toilet College that has been conducting courses related to the best practices and standards in toilet design, cleanliness and sanitation technologies since 2005.
  • Here’s the video about “reinventing the toilet“:
  • I retweeted Bill Gates’ tweet on the World Toilet Day.

  • WTO record: an average person uses a toilet 2,500 times year, or six to eight times daily. But not all toilet uses flush.
  • As i typed the text here, there are more than 8 billion toilet flushes. Check here the latest toilet flush count.
  • This year’s World Toilet Summit shall be held in Africa.

  • Do you know that “a gram of human feces contains 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1,000 parasites, and 100 parasite eggs”, according to this “Toilet Trouble”  iReport of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.
  • If you want to know some reviews about public toilet in the Philippines, check The Philippines Public Toilet Chronicle which has some snippets on what to expect in some public toilets.
  • The 2010 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey by the National Statistics Office says one out of four Filipino families belonging to the bottom 30 percent income stratum did not have sanitary toilets at their homes.
  • The United Nations claims that about 26 million Filipinos don’t have access to sanitary toilets until today.

 

  • When cleaning the toilet, here are some tips from a rappler story.
  • In Japan, more than two-thirds of the households have a Washlets— a high-tech toilet bowl made by Toto.

The Washlets has a computerized control panel with pictograms, include water jets with pressure and temperature controls, hot-air bottom dryers and ambient background music.

  • Meanwhile in the Philippines, second hand toilet bowls are up for sale along a street in Paco, Metro Manila.

Photo courtesy of Yahoo/Reuters

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New Four Species of Fresh Water Crabs Found in the Philippines

New Four Species of Fresh Water Crabs Found in the Philippines

Photo by AFP

The AFP reports didn’t however include “crab mentality” of the Filipinos. lol

The four new species were found in the forest of Palawan. By the way, today is Earth Day. Let’s help “Mobilize Earth“. Here’s a video from EartDay.Org:

Quick Quake Look and the Tsunami

There’s been a series of non-stop discussion on the recent quake that hit the Visayas these past few days amid the relief and disaster operation conducted at the heavily-stricken areas. I’ve heard facts and non-facts-at-all from radio broadcasters who talked like experts on earthquakes and tsunamis.

I’ve been keeping this manual on “Earthquake and Tsunami” published in 1990 by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcS) that serves as a guide for my news reportage.

Many of the facts in the manual are nowhere can be found in the internet because of the inability of the PhiVolcS to upload it to the cyberspace for some reasons.

One fact that stands out in the manual is the Tsunami map where all of the 27 local tsunamis from 1603 – 1975 are plotted. The map proves the claims of non-experts that tsunamis occur only in open seas are indeed WRONG. The map shows several places in the Philippines with inland seas that were hit by tsunamis. One of which is the coastline of now the Metro Cebu area as indicated in the map. The exact date of this tsunami that hit Cebu once-upon-a-time is not indicated in the map.

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“CIUDAD”

(Writer’s note: This article is taken from the context of the developer’s side without attempting to verify and validate its claims with the authorities.)

There’s no debate that Fifth Avenue Property Development Corporation’s proposed “Ciudad” along the busy Gov. Cuenco Avenue in Cebu City is laudable. It’s a City within a City, a huge Museum in itself, a Cebuano theme park, a family park–whatever you call it, it’s definitely designed to reconnect us with our valuable Cebuano heritage.

Five years had lapsed but this P1.2 billion project had been stalled by “politics” of sort by the quarreling camps at the Capitol and City Hall in the past. Thanks to the revolt of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama against his former party mates and this project finally made several short steps nowadays.

It got a barangay clearance from Apas but Barangay Captain Ramil Ayuman received a tongue-lashing from former Mayor and now South District Congressman Tomas Osmena calling the village chief as “greedy“. Notwithstanding Tomas’ and his BO-PK party mates in the City Council’s tough position against any development at the Banilad area, CIUDAD got a location clearance from City Hall. Of course, with the blessing of Mayor Mike. On Friday, December 2–CIUDAD will prove itself before a public hearing on its ECC (Environmental Compliance Certificate) application that the project posed no danger to the environment. A building permit application will soon follow after it will covet the usually easy-to-issue ECC from the DENR.

CIUDAD shall sit (maybe, stand is the appropriate word) on a 2.8 hectare lot that separates the bushing Asia IT Park and the  usually vehicle-filled Gov. Cuenco Avenue. Fifth Avenue, the developer of CIUDAD, shall fill the area with low-rise (3 to 5 floors) edifice, except perhaps for the planned 300-500 room-hotel. Every structure that will stand in CIUDAD shall be a reminiscent of our past and our heritage.

The Centro Sinulog shall be roofed with "tisa" (bricks) and its walls shall be stones scented with Capiz windows.

Fifth Avenue Marketing Consultant Roger Gopaoco says the structures in CIUDAD shall be built with modern civil engineering techniques though the aesthetics are centuries-old. Every building will have a name after a Cebuano heritage.

Roger Gopaoco is positive that the majority of the Cebuanos shall benefit of the CIUDAD project.  An estimated 2,800 jobs shall be created by CIUDAD while the able residents of barangay Apas are guaranteed to benefit the livelihood program within this forthcoming landmark. Balut vendors, bola-bola and perhaps kwek-kwek vendors and the like shall sell their wares with the Fifth Avenue as their financier and partner.

Believe it or not, but according to Gopaoco, CIUDAD is already overbooked with about 1,500 lease applications while a mere 900 spaces shall be available to renters.

As a possible traffic generator, CIUDAD is preparing to justify its near-existence and dismissed the worries of the City Council that it can stall traffic in the area. It shall build three roads leading to and from the Asia IT Park and Gov. Cuenco Avenue. Thus, traffic congestion in the area can be avoided without the City emptying its coffer of about P280 million.

Fifth Avenue meets this evening with Cebu bloggers to communicate CIUDAD to the online community. In fact, CIUDAD's two video public relations materials have been on social networking sites like YouTube and Facebook since a month ago

Watch out for the Dec. 2 public hearing of the ECC application of CIUDAD.

 

 

How to Minimize Toxic E-Waste

Environmental groups expect a rise on consumer electronics spending as classes shall resume in a couple of days.

However, the E-Waste Coalition identified some toxic chemicals that are added to various parts of electronic products that has potential damaging effect on our health ranging from liver, lungs and kidney diseases to cancer.

These chemicals, according to Richard Gutierrez, Executive Director of Ban Toxics, include Phthalates. Brominated Flame Retardants (BFR) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) which are often added to gadgets’ plastic housing and electrical housing.

The E-Waste Coalition recommends the following steps for consumers to minimize e-waste:

  • Know which companies produce safe and environmentally sustainable electronic gadgets.
  • Purchase electronic items that have “RoHS” logo or the logo at the side of this article. It represents that the product is free from the common toxins.
  • Buy energy-efficient electronic products. Look for the Energy Star or the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER)
  • Look for brands with good warranty and take-back policies.
  • Go for quality, not quantity! Avoid buying cheap items in bulk. Most of these items will wear out after a few months. Also, the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project PROTECT has found that 6 out of 7 cheap toys from bargain centers contain toxic plastic.
  • Look for electronics with rechargeable rather than disposable batteries.
The E-Waste Coalition launched today in Cebu City its short film entitled “The Vanishing E-Wastes of the Philippines“, that talks about the e-waste problem in the country.