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Typhoon and Briquetting

Typhoons have been the usual alibi of many for our stunted development, but its not limited to our place but the whole of bicol region. As a participant to a regular forum re: agribusiness and countryside development. One of our guest speaker was a Senator and a 2010 presidential hopeful, quoted that for bicol to move forward, we should focus more on our ocean resource rather than inland because of typhoons.

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I remember when we were kids, I am always fascinated by old folks making the usual weather prediction by looking at clouds, unusual bird formation, croaking of frogs and wind directions. Once the storm is over, we would gather young coconuts, bananas and feast on it.

In my adult years, our weather still fascinates me, but in some way look at the opportunity behind it. Were used to typhoons and we grew accustomed to such weather that we have zero casualty every time one hits our land. We cannot change our weather pattern except work alongside with it and accept it as not something to be feared.

Typhoons produces tons and tons of organic debris like fallen trees, branches and leaves. Most of this organic materials are either thrown in our municipal dump sites, burned and some as firewood. Yet, no one has recognized its potential as an alternative cooking fuel and as a source of livelihood by converting it to a product called, charcoal briquette.

Charcoal briquette is a compacted charcoal from coconut shells, cogon, branches, rice hay and other organic wastes. They burn more efficiently and smokeless, used typically for grilling, cooking and barbecue. If we could convert all those organic wastes/debris to briquettes and sold it, maybe next time will think again about our perception of typhoons.

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