Rebuilding for a better urban future

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.
Photo: UN-Habitat

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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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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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.


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Estancia pledges support to UN-Habitat shelter recovery project

UN Habitat, together with its partner, Hilti Foundation, recently held a meeting with the town administrators of Estancia to discuss the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlement Project, which identified a potential beneficiary community in Poblacion Zone 1 of the municipality.

Project Manager, Mr. Robert Deutsch, introduced UN Habitat’s plan of constructing typhoon-resistant houses for over 600 families in various parts of Western Visayas that were devastated by Yolanda. He also added that the project would also cover the training of local skilled workers on building robust shelters and the repair and improvement of key community infrastructures.  

Ms. Nerissa Piamonte discussed the integration of Hilti Foundation’s bamboo shelter model into the core house design. The organization strongly advocates the optimization of locally available and sustainable construction materials.

Standing in for Mayor Rene Cordero, the executive administrators, Ms. Ninfa Nacionales and Ms. Lina Acosta, expressed their gratitude to UN Habitat and Hilti Foundation, and assured that the municipal government will provide technical assistance wherever possible. Also present was Municipal Planning & Development Coordinator, Mr. Eugene Tentativa, Ms. Maria Socorro D. Ignacio (UN Habitat), and Ms. Ruby Rose Robas (Hilti Foundation).

Other potential beneficiary sites that were identified so far, in consultation with the Social Housing Finance Corporation, include Brgys. Guba, Ilawod, and Tacas in Pontevedra; Brgys. Bato, Baybay, Punta Tabuc, Tiza in Roxas City; and Brgy. Tanza Norte of Panay.

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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re looking for a Finance and Administration Officer to join our team in Manila

IMG_0762UN-Habitat Philippines is currently recruiting a Finance and Administration Officer to join our team in Manila, Philippines.

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

UN-Habitat Philippines – Finance and Administration Officer


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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Join UN-Habitat’s team in Manila (Knowledge Management and Communications Consultant)

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UN-Habitat Philippines is currently recruiting a Knowledge Management and Communications Consultant to join our team in Manila.

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

UN-Habitat Philippines – Knowledge Management and Communications Consultant


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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