|Digging the trench, hollow blocks (6") are stacked up already|
We started 10 days ago, Monday 18 October.
Starting means getting the workers on board, ordering the materials and tools, building a small shelter or shed for the cement bags. My wife and brother in law already made a deal with a local supplier for delivering all materials for interesting prices. We would start with 8 workers, they work 6 days a week.
Another activity was to do the measuring as to find out where to put the fence and digging the slot/ditch. We had already measured and layed out on the lot where the house will be built, the sticks and plastic yellow ribbon tape were still there.
The first problem was raised already the first day. Where are the exact boundaries of the lot? I thought it was clear as the sketch plan of the lot said that all marked points in the plan had a PS cylinder cone identifying the marks. This turned out not to be case. We found one near to the road, but that was not the right one according to some people including the neighbours.
|The permit is not yet officially issued, but processing is under way|
We also invited the owners/representatives of the adjacent lots as to show them where we wanted to put the fence. This seems to be normal practice and I believe it is important to do so.
|We use a heavy wire cutter|
The total length of the fence would be approximately 260 meters. The work was estimated to last a couple of weeks, but after the first week we had done 21 meters, of course including the startup activities and problems. So my first guess was we would need 8-10 weeks to complete the work with this team.
Our bahay kubo initially was placed near to the fish pond, which is an idyllic place, but far from where the action was, so I suggested to move it to the the area we back-filled already. With the help from our workers and some locals, the bahay kubo was moved to its new location in less than 30 minutes.
|The bahay kubo was relocated to the materials storage area|
The schedule we have developped is that my wife and/or me are on site during daytime and my brother in law with someone from our barangay stay and sleep in the bahay kubo from 6 pm to 7 am next day. We have to continue this schedule for at least 6 months.
|The first 21 meters (not the final height yet)|