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The Pitak Project
The Pitak Project
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Purok 3, Pideg, Tubao, La Union, PH
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Wet/Dry Tropical

Robert Scalzo
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The Pitak Project

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Rural, Community, Demonstration

Project Summary

The Pitak Project is our practice to promote sustainable living through natural building and permaculture.

Project Description

The word “pitak” is an Ilocano term for mud.  Ilocano is the main language spoken in Northern Philippines.  Its Filipino translation is “putik.” We chose the word “pitak” to symbolize the bond of the rich soil and water that gives life.  It also embodies our aspiration to build naturally and produce food the permaculture way.

We started the project in October of 2012.  The project site is located in Barangay Pideg, Tubao, La Union, Philippines.  It’s about six hour-drive north of capital Manila, one hour from Baguio City, and just a few minutes from the La Union towns of Agoo (coastal town), Pugo and Rosario.  It’s at the southwestern edge of the Cordillera Region.  Its elevation is 250-300 feet above sea level.  It’s less than a hectare with a gentle uphill slope on the southern part.


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