Friday, September 28, 2012

Rizal Park goes eco-friendly with rainwater and solar-powered lamps




The Philippine Department of Tourism  (DOT) invited Travelife Magazine on a Rizal Park tour, and Dani Elevaso, one of our Travelife interns, volunteered to go and write about the experience. Yesterday, she sent in this piece:

"On a dull, hot Monday spent at home, I usually just go on my computer and busy myself with extra work, organizing and editing photos here and there.

Yesterday was an exception as I actually went out on an “eye-opening adventures.

I joined the Department of Tourism’s Rizal Park Tour Module on Sustainable Energy as the Travelife Magazine representative. This project is in line with the United Nations World Tourism Day (UNWTD), based on this year’s theme of “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development.”

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FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING



I arrived at the DOT at 9 AM. It was my first time to join such a trip so I didn’t really want to miss a thing. At 10 AM, we were told to head on to Rizal Park.

Walking past graceful fountains and majestic statues, we arrived at our first stop: a restroom. I was a bit confused as to what exactly we were doing there until our trusty tour guide enlightened us about the green toilets.



Over the past months, we’ve been experiencing heavy rainfall and the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) found a way to be able to reuse this rainwater with the help of Adamson University College of Engineering Dean Antonio F. Mateo.

HOW IT WORKS



This was how Rainwater Harvesting System was invented, and now it's used in this green toilet in Rizal Park.

The Rainwater Harvesting System has three filtration phases.



The first filtration phase turns the rainwater into water useful for watering plants. The second filtration phase refines the water, making it useful for bathing. The final phase refines the water further, turning it into drinking water.

The green toilets are installed with the first two phases of filtration. Currently, we have 14 units of 6,000 liters of Rainwater Harvesting System installed at the park.

ALL FOR SOLAR POWER



Meanwhile, the second environment-friendly project installed at the park entailed a walk across from the green toilets, passing a barred gate and walking into a verdant garden. We walked up a stairway that led to a roofdeck overlooking the park on the left and a roof filled with Solar Powered Systems on the right.

They began installing LED bulbs in the lamposts around the park and about a hundred out of a thousand are already solar powered. These solar powered lamps are expected to cut down electrical consumption by 50% - 70%.



It was definitely an insightful day for me. I’m really glad that there are people who are really walking their talk about taking care of the environment."

- Written by Dani Elevazo 




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