Rebuilding for a better urban future

The official blog of UN-Habitat's response to Typhoon Haiyan


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Celebrating Humanitarian Heroes (Because The World Needs More of Them!)

An air of hope and optimism wafted through the Iloilo Provincial Capitol last Tuesday as various humanitarian organizations convened for the World Humanitarian Day with the theme “The World Needs More Humanitarian Heroes.”

The event was created to commemorate the UN headquarters’ bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, that took the lives of 22 aid workers in 2003. And with the influx of humanitarian operations in the Yolanda-ravaged Western Visayas, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) brought the celebration to Region VI for the first time ever. Photo: UN-Habitat/B. dela Cruz

The event was created to commemorate the UN headquarters’ bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, that took the lives of 22 aid workers in 2003. And with the influx of humanitarian operations in the Yolanda-ravaged Western Visayas, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) brought the celebration to Region VI for the first time ever. Photo: UN-Habitat/B. dela Cruz

A photo exhibit was held from August 19 to 21 to showcase various Haiyan responses from both local and foreign organizations. From shelter support to medical aid, the unique displays carried stunning and emotive portraits of selflessness and resilience.

UN Habitat highlighted the activities of the ongoing Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements Project in the region, particularly the application of the People’s Process in community mobilization, shelter assessment and construction. Visitors at the booth were also treated to a live demonstration of the UN Habitat Shelter I scale model which elicited quite a variety of responses from guests.

Other colleagues in the aid community who participated were the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA- Philippines), International Organization for Migration (IOM-Philippines), Save the Children Philippines, World Vision Philippines, Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA-Philippines) the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC-Iloilo), Shelter Cluster Org.-Asia/Pacific, Concern Worldwide, and CARE International. A crowd of more than 200 was estimated to have attended the launch.  Continue reading


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Launched: Pilot House of Shelter Project in Roxas

With tremendous support from Japan, UN-Habitat and partners roll out the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements project with the first completed corehouse in Roxas City, Philippines.

The morning culminated with the ribbon cutting of the pilot house. Photo: UN-Habitat

Inaugural house awaits its new owner. Photo: UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat Philippines, together with the Government of Japan, the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), and the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), launched the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlement project on the sweltering morning of 7 August 2014, at the Don Conrado Barrios Memorial School Covered Court, Villa Carmel Village, Barangay Baybay, Roxas City in Capiz.

Emelia Doriendes (center) eagerly awaits ceremonial handing of the house key after ribbon cutting. Photo: UN-Habitat

Emelia Doriendes (center) eagerly awaits ceremonial handing of the house key after ribbon cutting. Photo: UN-Habitat

The project, with financial support worth $2.5 million from the Government of Japan, is designed to accomplish the following by end of this year to early next year:

  • Training of approximately 250 local semi-skilled artisans in disaster risk resilient housing construction
  • Construction of 610 corehouses by these local trained artisans for families throughout communities in the Visayan provinces of Capiz and Iloilo who were left homeless or whose houses were hazardous to live in after Typhoon Haiyan
  • Training of 4,000 families in the beneficiary communities on house assessment under the principles of disaster risk reduction
  • Support for a national campaign with SHFC and other government agencies on disaster-resilient housing techniques
  • Information, education, communication materials for national advocacy on people’s process for recovery and rehabilitation
  • Community action planning workshops
  • Infrastructure support for 20 communities.

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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re looking for a Finance and Administration Officer

UN-Habitat Philippines is looking for a Finance and Administration Officer for UN-Habitat’s Manila office.

To apply, kindly send your cover letter, CV, and accomplished UN P11 form via email to patty.saberon@unhabitat.org and patty.saberon@undp.org, Cc: unh.roap.drr@gmail.com

Please indicate “Application for Finance and Administration Officer” in the subject line.

Deadline for Applications: 5:00 p.m., 23 August 2014

Please note that applications received after the closing date stated above will not be given
consideration. Only shortlisted candidates whose applications respond to the criteria cited in the Terms of Reference will be contacted for interview.

In line with UN-Habitat policy on gender equity, applications from female candidates are
particularly encouraged.

UN-Habitat does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact habitat.fukuoka@unhabitat.org

Terms of Reference and more details about the posting can be found here.


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More Than Funding, It Takes Trust

When relocating to safer ground means uprooting yourself from your only source of income, from the only means you know how to support your family, only to face an uncertain future, staying put seems to make sense.

Find out what it took to change people’s minds in Guiuan.