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


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Remembering Haiyan One Year After

Streets of Guiuan are ablaze with lit candles and torches in memory of those who perished in the storm.

Streets of Guiuan are ablaze with lit candles and torches in memory of those who perished in the storm.

Collaborative efforts between local government units, international and national organizations, and UN agencies held sway on November 8 to commemorate the first anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines). UN-Habitat participated in the commemorative events in the cities of Ormoc, Roxas, and Tacloban and the municipalities of Estancia and Guiuan. Continue reading

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The Long Road to Re-establishing Roots


UN-Habitat and partners share learnings with Sendong’s internally displaced people

Last September 30, a team of homeowners’ association (HOA) officers and community mobilizers under the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) Community Mortgage Programme(CMP) in Cagayan de Oro (CdeO) flew to Roxas City for a learning event conducted by UN-Habitat. The two-day activity was aimed at priming the HOAs in their adoption of a community-driven post-disaster shelter recovery.

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Thirteen HOA officers and three community mobilizers from various CdeO-based NGOs were taught on the “People’s Process”, which is the driving principle behind the recently launched Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements Project being implemented in in the provinces of Capiz and Iloilo, particularly in the municipalities of Estancia, Panay, and Pontevedra and in Roxas City.

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UN-Habitat Trains 338 Capiceños on Disaster-Resilient Construction

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In its campaign for sustainable self-recovery among vulnerable populations that were affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines), UN-Habitat has conducted a series of trainings on disaster-resilient shelter construction for craftsmen in Roxas City and the municipalities of Panay and Pontevedra in Capiz Province. The activity is part of the capacity-building component of the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements Project . Continue reading


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UN-Habitat’s Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment Helps Shape Climate and Disaster Risk Assessments in Tacloban and Guiuan

UN-Habitat’s Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (VAA) is being adopted by Tacloban City and the municipality of Guiuan as a methodology to structure the Climate and Disaster Risk Assessments (CDRA) which is a requirement for mainstreaming climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in land use planning.

Sectoral members of the Guiuan Recovery and Sustainable Development Group (GRSDG) review their outputs on the VAA, considering the updated hazard maps after super typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines). Photo: UN-Habitat/P.Mejillano

Sectoral members of the Guiuan Recovery and Sustainable Development Group (GRSDG) review their outputs on the VAA, considering the updated hazard maps after super typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines). Photo: UN-Habitat/P.Mejillano

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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.