Property Fencing In The Philippines

Property Fencing In The Philippines

I first wrote about property fencing last year in Safety And Security Practices. That article has been viewed thousands of times since then. Most viewers found it by searching for information about fencing their property and usually the search concerns using steel mat.

If you own a property in the Philippines and you want to construct a fence or wall around your property rest assured that you do have the legal right to do so.

RA 386 provides land owners with the explicit right to enclose their property with a physical fence/wall:
Art. 430. Every owner may enclose or fence his land or tenements by means of walls, ditches, live or dead hedges, or by any other means without detriment to servitudes constituted thereon.
Every right comes with responsibilities. If you decide to construct a permanent wall or fence, then you need to be sure that before you do so that you have an approved map of your land and that all cornerstones are in their proper locations. The middle of the cornerstone is the property line. Do not extend your fence or wall beyond that point.

Before we were able to build our fence there were about twenty large mahogany trees that needed to be removed first:

 Where the land is sloped we used a more sturdy construction for the sloped part of the land:

The estimate of 8,000PHP on the graphic above. Our actual cost several years ago was closer to 6,000PHP per section.

The graphic shows steel tube are the frame for the steel mat. That is what I wish we had done. We used 10mm rebar instead and it is still very good. We doubled the 10mm on the top to prevent flexing.

We went cheaper on the flat portions of land:

The fence above was constructed with cyclone wire. It is supported at the top with 1/2" steel tubing and on the bottom with a 12mm rebar. The tubing, rebar and cyclone wire are affixed to the columns with embedded 10mm rebar. The cost per section was ~3500PHP.

The cyclone wire is cheep, but it does rust out every few years and will need to be replaced.

The columns are substantial with the tallest ones being up to 12' in length. They are buried a minimum of 3' deep:

The columns are 8"x8" and we used wooden forms to build them:

The forms are marine plywood framed with coco lumber.

The columns are reinforced with a skeleton of 12mm rebar:

The column footings are reinforced with 12mm rebar in a 22"x22" square:

The foundation of the wall portions are reinforced with 12mm rebar fashioned in a "railroad track" for their footing:

The wall also has vertical and horizontal 12mm rebar reinforcement.

The pieces of rebar in all parts of the columns and walls are connected to each other with simple steel tie wire.

We did not use any concrete blocks. Everything is solid concrete.


SamT said...

any idea about the costing? we're planning to safeguard our property, and looking into buying some fence materials or house construction materials like coco lumbers and steel matting.

pd said...

Coco lumber is not the best for permanent structures. It is soft and prone to rot and prone to rapid destruction from insects. Termites are abundant and swarm in many places here. Several times a year we get large swarms that come out. The cats love it.

Mother in law's trusses were coco lumber. They lasted 20 years but were eaten though and through and had to be replaced (dangerous in some places). They treat it with solignum which smells awful and is not a perfect solution. more info on solignum

In the post I show that when we went with cyclone wire it runs about 3500 per 9' section. When we went with steel tube framing steel mat it roughly doubles the cost.

The steel matting is hard to maintain.

There are various grades of cyclone wire and we went with the lower grade. It is cheap but must be replaces every three years or so. If you can find thicker gauge galvanized it will cost you dearly.

Galvanized is not always a guarantee wither.

If I did it again instead of steel matting and a concrete base and columns I think I might go with square bar pointy on the top. Maybe something like this