Rebuilding for a better urban future

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


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Shelter Assessment Begins in Iloilo and Capiz

UN-Habitat technical team inspecting existing house and site conditions in Pontevedra, Capiz. Photo by Beryl Jane Dela Cruz.

UN-Habitat technical team inspecting existing house and site conditions in Pontevedra, Capiz. Photos by Beryl Jane Dela Cruz.

Since 18 June, UN-Habitat has been conducting technical surveys in potential beneficiary communities of the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements Project across Western Visayas.

The team of shelter experts, architects, and community mobilizers visited residential lots acquired under the Community Mortgage Program to inspect the current conditions of the damaged houses, gather information on land tenure, and assess the state of sanitation. The assessment uses  a tool kit detailing the damage and reconstruction requirements of each house.

UN-Habitat technical team verifying the location of the houses on the map with community members. Photo by Beryl Jane Dela Cruz.

UN-Habitat technical team verifying the location of the houses on the map with community members. Photo by Beryl Jane Dela Cruz.

To further determine a beneficiary’s eligibility, UN-Habitat evaluated each household’s capacity to recover from typhoon impacts. UN-Habitat closely collaborated with leaders and members of home owners’ associations in validating data gathered from the household profiling done in April 2014.

Funded by the Government of Japan, the shelter project is also a partnership with the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) and the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS: We’re looking for a Documentation and Reporting Junior Officer in Roxas, Philippines

IMG_0762UN-Habitat Philippines is currently recruiting a Documentation and Reporting Junior Officer to join our team in Roxas, Philippines.

For full details about the posting, please click on the link below:

UN-Habitat Philippines – Documentation and Reporting Junior Officer


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INFOGRAPHIC: Six months after Typhoon Haiyan

The Philippines Shelter Cluster launched an infographic breaking down past progress and existing needs six months after Typhoon Haiyan.

Shelter_Cluster_Haiyan_Infographic 6 months FINAL

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FROM THE FIELD: An update on Roxas from Chrispine Ojiambo

In Roxas, the shelter situation for families affected by Typhoon Haiyan remains critical. And it is likely to worsen with the coming rainy season, as many houses are traditional light-weight structures built from bamboo in a non-engineered fashion.

UN-Habitat finished initial shelter assessments and came to the conclusion that a significant number of houses received minor, and substandard support in repairing. However, many houses still remain in the same state as after being destroyed by the Typhoon.

Roxas_chrispine1Mr. Chrispine Ojiambo, who was seconded to UN-Habitat by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NORCAP) to work on shelter issues in Roxas City, brings new light on the current state of shelter for affected families in this personal account:

My support to UN-Habitat, and its partners like Social Housing Finance Corporation SHFC has been to work diligently with project team and home owners associations in setting up the base to support poor families rebuild safer homes in our upcoming shelter recovery project, through tasks like familiarizing community association leaders on project scope and their role during implementation. Throughout this project phase we have worked in close coordination with shelter cluster–IV, to ensure that our project abide to shelter cluster guidelines, better resource distribution to beneficiaries by cluster stakeholders, among others. We have also worked in close collaboration with Roxas City housing department in sharing information to ensure our support reach deserving beneficiaries. At the moment we are also engaged in discussion with United Architects of Philippines – Capiz chapter seeking for technical collaborations in our shelter design and other technical input that relates to post Haiyan shelter reconstruction.

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Mr. Ojiambo adds that he is whole heartedly touched by the suffering brought by the Typhoon, and concludes:

In contrast, I am happy to be part of the UN–Habitat’s team that is working hard to provide safe shelter solutions, and passing on technical knowledge to communities in order to improve their understanding of safe and better shelter reconstruction aimed at increasing community resilience to disasters. For this I thank UN–Habitat and Norwegian Refugee Council (NORCAP) for having me as part of the team implementing this noble course.


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(*Extended deadline – April 30*) VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Join UN-Habitat’s Haiyan Response Team in the Philippines

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We are looking for eight new members to join our Haiyan Response Team in the Philippines. The deadline for applications has been extended to April 30th. 

Please find more information about each position on our country website:

http://unhabitat.org.ph/index.php/communication-materials/320-vacancy-announcement-join-un-habitat


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Public launch of #PlanTacloban: Tacloban’s proposed Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan

mayortaclobanOn March 21st, City Mayor of Tacloban, Mr. Alfred Romualdez, and UN-Habitat representatives revealed the first iteration of the Tacloban Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan to the general public. After several planning workshops, and consultation meetings co-chaired by UN-Habitat, stakeholders finally came up with a plan that envisions Tacloban as “a resilient, vibrant and livable city”.

Presenting to more than 2000 stakeholders from the business sector, academia, people’s organizations and other national and international humanitarian organizations, Mr. Romualdez said that he appreciates all the support provided by UN-Habitat, in addition to inputs from ARCADIS, and ASSURE, and funding from UNDP. The combined efforts have assisted in the development of the plan, which focuses on housing people in safer areas, requiring a city expansion.

For the immediate needs, the plan calls for more than 2200 temporary shelters for survivors that are still living in tents and evacuation centers. Around 40,000 housing units require repair and reconstruction, in addition to 4,800 temporary shelters for those living in makeshift houses. The medium-term plan calls for industrial development, tourism, and economic infrastructure development.

During the development of the proposed plan, the local government of Tacloban City, with support from UN-Habitat and UNDP, was organizing several planning charettes to brainstorm and discuss strategies for the spatial development of Tacloban in order to address emergency, recovery, and long term rehabilitation needs. Meetings were attended by representatives from the city government, national agencies, local and international humanitarian organizations operating in Tacloban, as well as urban planners and other technical professionals.

taclobanaudienceAfter the presentation of the proposed recovery and rehabilitation plan, the floor was opened up to members of the public who had the opportunity to express their questions and concerns. The launch of the Facebook page for the Tacloban Recovery and Sustainable Development Group was also announced as a means for the public to continue the dialogue on Tacloban’s recovery.

The Tacloban Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan will be followed by the revision of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, and will be incorporated into the National Government’s Rehabilitation Plan.

See related Facebook page: Tacloban Recovery and Sustainable Development Group


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LIVE FROM TACLOBAN: Public Forum on Tacloban’s Draft Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan

“It’s time to converge and think about a sustainable Tacloban.”
– Laids Cea, UN-Habitat Project Coordinator

Today, the draft Tacloban Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan will be presented to the public.  All stakeholders and those interested are invited to attend.  Details are as follows:

Venue: Tacloban Astrodome

Speakers: City Mayor Hon. Alfred Romualdez, local government officers from Tacloban, and UN Habitat

Expected attendees: National government representatives, humanitarian organizations, city and barangay officials,members of the private sector, academe, and Taclobanons in general

Special thanks to: ARCADIS and ASSURE groups for assisting in the development of the plan.  This project is also made possible by funding from UNDP.

We’ll be providing live updates, photos and tweets throughout the event. Stay tuned, and let’s start looking to the future, recovery, and sustainable development!

Click here to see our ongoing tweets and photos from the public forum via Storify