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


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Empowered Communities Show Others How People’s Process Works For Them in Shelter Recovery

Officers of Pawa homeowners association discuss their experiences with the People's Process in detail during the delegation's visit to their community.  Photo: UN-Habitat

Officers of Pawa homeowners association discuss their experiences with the People’s Process in detail during the delegation’s visit to their community.
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Roxas City – On February 5 and 6, UN-Habitat and the Social Housing and Finance Corporation (SHFC) held a learning exchange event at the San Antonio Resort in Roxas City. The two-day event aimed to familiarize the participants on how the People’s Process works through exposure trips to communities in Capiz that are partners in UN-Habitat’s Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements project.
Participants were comprised of community leaders from SHFC’s Community Mortgage Program (CMP) communities in Quezon City and Coron, Palawan, and local government representatives from Coron and the province of Palawan.

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UN-Habitat Core Houses Served as Emergency Shelter During Typhoon Hagupit

Children already “playing house” in their future homes.

Children already “playing house” in their future homes.

They all slept well. That was the first thing heard from many in the community when UN-Habitat Roxas field team visited their project sites one day after Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) passed north of the island of Panay on Sunday, 7 December, barely over a year since Haiyan devastated the region.

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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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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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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.


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Philippine Bamboo Tapped for Innovative Resilient Housing

A warehouse for prefabricating bamboo wall panels. All photos

A warehouse for prefabricating bamboo wall panels. Photos by Tomoko Matsushita.

Four representatives from Samahang Urban ng Maralitang Mamamayan (SUMAMA, Local Association of Urban Poor Communities) – Home Owners Association Inc. (HOAI) in Estancia travelled to Iloilo City with the UN-Habitat team on 10 July to see a model typhoon-resistant shelter built from bamboo.

The Hilti Foundation, a European charitable foundation specializing in housing, has been studying and testing the bamboo design since 2012. UN-Habitat will be working in partnership with the Hilti Foundation in Estancia to provide single-story houses built with a bamboo truss roof and reinforced bamboo wall panels covered with cement plaster.

After visiting the bamboo model house and a brief introduction of the Hilti Foundation and its local counterpart, the Homeless People’s Federation of the Philippines, the SUMAMA HOAI group toured the on-site workshop and warehouse where workers were assembling reinforced bamboo panels in various configurations for walls with windows or doors.

Two-story model of bamboo house by Hilti Foundation in Iloilo.

Two-story model of bamboo house by Hilti Foundation in Iloilo

Interior view of hefty bamboo roof truss

Interior view of hefty bamboo roof truss


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Women in Panay Actively Step Up in Their Own Rehabilitation

UN-Habitat Community Mobilizing & Training Officer Maria Elvira Borlagdan Duka explains the beneficiary selection criteria and the people-centered process of housing reconstruction by UN-Habitat.

UN-Habitat Community Mobilizing & Training Officer Maria Elvira Borlagdan Duka explains the beneficiary selection criteria and the people-centered process of housing reconstruction by UN-Habitat. Photos by Tomoko Matsushita.

On 9 July, UN-Habitat community organizers met with the Home Owners’ Association Inc. (HOAI) members of Pawa in the municipality of Panay, Capiz. In this coastal community, majority of the men are out at sea where their work and livelihoods are based. As a result, 90% of those who attended the meeting were women.

In the meeting, community members were briefed on their new role as UN-Habitat partners and the organization’s upcoming projects designed to help rehabilitate Haiyan-affected areas. More importantly, criteria for becoming beneficiaries of UN-Habitat shelter projects were discussed in detail, and families were urged to complete and submit information sheets that were handed out if they felt that they met the criteria.

The meeting also discussed upcoming training sessions on construction methods that promoted structural resilience and building back safer homes, targeting local masons and carpenters. The women, however, eagerly spoke up, saying that they wanted to be trained as well, since most of the men would be at sea during the day. They were happily welcomed and encouraged to apply as trainees.