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Roxas, April 15 2014 — UN-Habitat in partnership with the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), and the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), conducted profiling of potential beneficiary families in affected communities in Roxas City from 07-11 April.

The community assessments are part of a UN-Habitat project, funded by the people of Japan, which will construct houses for more than 600 families. Beneficiary families living in heavily damaged houses must also live within communities covered by the national Community Mortgage Program (CMP).

An orientation meeting with community leaders was held at the beginning of the assessment in order to share the principles and components of the project, as well as the selection criteria for beneficiaries. Assessment was done through site visits and community mapping, and in close collaboration with the Homeowners’ Associations from the Roxas City.

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Manila, April 4 2014 — The Government of Japan has announced that it will support UN-Habitat’s response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines with USD 2.5 million for the construction of houses for more than 600 families.

Apart from rebuilding the houses, the main outputs of the project include rehabilitation and reconstruction of damaged small community infrastructure for 8 communities; improvement of economic opportunities through skills development in the communities including training of over 250 carpenters and masons, and training of 2000 families on basic house safety assessment.

The project targets affected families with special needs and sensitivities within underserved communities in the province of Capiz, where typhoon affected families lack the resources to obtain quality construction material and do not have the means to engage skilled carpenters or masons to build their resilience. UN-Habitat will work with the Social Housing Finance Corporation to ensure sustainable project implementation.

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In order to strengthen communities and train carpenters on building back safer, UN-Habitat will implement project through its known people’s process, mobilizing the affected communities to take decisions on their recovery and build self-resilience.

UN-Habitat has long been involved in post disaster recovery projects, where the underlining principle has been to place affected people at the center of the implementation process. The “People’s Process” has been strongly supported by the Government of Japan which has become a major contributor to UN-Habitat’s post disaster and post conflict projects in Asia and the Pacific.

UN-Habitat appreciates the support from the People and the Government of Japan for the recovery and rehabilitation efforts in the Haiyan affected areas.

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