The iskos and iskas of the nation are really coming through for us during this pandemic. Just last week, the scientists from the University of the Philippines-Manila (UP) provided us with COVID-19 test kits. This week, it’s UP Diliman who’s going big with their humanitarian efforts.
UP students and alumni are currently teaming up to design sanitation tents for public use.
UP Office of the Student Regent made the announcement this Mar. 17. In their Facebook post, they wrote, “We have started designing an affordable and easy to build sanitation tent that can be used in any but not limited to the following settings: hospital entrances, MRT/LRT stations, bus stops, offices, grocery stores, and public markets.”
The group is made up of former and current students from the College of Fine Arts, College of Science, and College of Engineering in UP Diliman. We’re talking about industrial designers, chemists, and engineers practicing design thinking at a time of crisis. In the same Facebook post, they clarified that their design is open-source, meaning it can be used by anyone who needs it in their community.
“It will use readily available materials from local hardware stores. Once the design is final, we will send it to all the contacts that we have. All LGUs and institutions can use it, free of charge,” read their Facebook post. “By adding contacts to our database, you are helping us spread solutions as fast as possible.”
The folks from UP encourage everyone to share it in their social media accounts, once the design is ready-for-use. They also made it clear that it isn’t a UP-centric project, but rather a community project ready to accept any helping hand.
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If you want to volunteer as a project manager or increase their local government contacts, you can do so by referring to their Facebook post for more details.
Art by Rogin Losa