I’m going to assume there are none, and with that I have no problem. But it just doesn’t seem to matter to anyone, The rich guy builds the nice place with all the Pinoy Gingerbread decorations and the house next door is an unpainted square hollow block home yet they are neighbors who still get along without the need for the dreaded Home Owners Association (HOA) those who make up rules for the sake of having rules.
In Largo Florida my neighbor owned the chain link fence dividing our property it was not in the best condition. I asked if he wanted to split the cost of a new 8 foot redwood privacy fence, of course he didn’t. So I had it installed on my property abutting the chain link fence. And since it was my dime I put the smooth finished side facing my house and the frame side facing his. Of course he took me to the zoning board who found no rule that said I couldn’t do it that way. So he then took me to small claims court where I told the judge that I offered to split the cost with him and would give permission in writing so that he could plank the rough side of the fence on his side. The judge ruled for me and explained to my neighbor that he was a dick, using legal terms..
But here in the RP I never encountered things like that, well the one guy who wanted to use my hollow block fence as one wall of his house to save money. But the Barangay told him to stop because of the fire codes. (It was too close to my house, I hoped he didn’t plan on a window?).) My neighbor on the other side wanted to butt his wall to mine so there would be no gap I of course said yes and the Barangay had to fill out the proper papers stating that the original wall belonged to Mr. Thompson; in case he sold the land and the next guy thought it was his wall.
But this is not what I would call zoning, it’s more like common sense. No arguments or ill will using the Barangay way.
But here is where my knowledge is lacking and maybe someone else can explain to me about rebar. The house and wall are finished weather it’s a big fine house or a simple concrete Nipa House. Why are the odd ends of the rebar left in place and protruding? Could it be a future plan of going higher? Or could it just be a design element in the Pinoy Architectural Digest that I never got the memo on.. If you can enlighten me please jump in.
In the year 2000 we had already been living in the house for over six months, I was fresh off my ship and was settling in. While having a cocktail with friends it appeared that I must have got the memo for in every 10 foot section of the wall, there were four to five protruding pieces of rebar looking like waiting flag poles ready to receive pennants from every team in both the National and American league (And a few of the minors).
The rum was flowing, but I stopped and asked my Darling wife Mayang if we had a rebar removing “Guy”? Of course we did and he and two assistants showed up within 15 minutes with homemade hacksaws (Ironically made of rebar.) and they commenced giving my property a haircut. It took the rest of that day (Well they did join us for cocktails) and they finished the next day.
Here the funny part, the 2 Pinoy and the 3 Kano sharing cocktails together with me plus the three Rebar Guy’s all said; “I never thought of that!” I’ll admit that three out of the five guests then had it done at their houses, who were they? the two Pinoy’s and one Kano. You can’t change everybody.
One more inconsequential observation; when you slap together that car port, out of any odd sized piece of lumber lying around. Using the old rusted but painted corrugated tin, please when finished, take the extra 20 minutes and trim the roof trusses to a uniform size. The slapped together table and stools you’re drinking at, never have to conform to the same rule of trimming or be level for that matter.
So how about those Philippine Zoning Laws, do you know what they are?