UN-Habitat with partners sharing knowledge on bamboo construction.

UN-Habitat with partners sharing knowledge on bamboo construction.

Capiz, May 28 2014 — UN-Habitat and the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Capiz chapter have been working together to develop a standard design for shelter that will be adopted in the community driven shelter recovery.

UN-Habitat initiated a number of meetings with UAP and the Hilti Foundation, where both organizations shared their knowledge on local construction practices.

The Hilti Foundation introduced their experiences on designing and implementing bamboo shelters in the Philippines, and helped initial shelter designs to be improved.

UN-Habitat is anticipating further discussions aimed at harmonizing different technical inputs into the final shelter design.

20150108_081831--Estero behind Paco Market--JonUN-Habitat supports cities in the areas of planning, mobility, energy, governance and legislation, economy and finance through its global programme, “Achieving Sustainable Urban Development”. Recently, UN-Habitat and partners conducted a workshop on the improvement of solid waste, and wastewater management with participants from several communities of Estero de Paco in Metro Manila.

Dubbed as the “Estero de Paco Barangay Convention”, participants identified weaknesses and issues with the existing waste management programs implemented at the community level, and proposed appropriate, practical, and realistic solutions to address those weaknesses.

This dialogue was supported by UN-Habitat’s partners, namely the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), the ABS-CBN Foundation, and the local government of the City of Manila.

In addition, participants discussed roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in improving solid waste and wastewater management at the community level.

After discussions in breakout sessions, participants came together to draft a list of actions, and delineated accountabilities of stakeholders to improve the existing waste management of the whole Estero de Paco area.

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Tacloban May 12 2014 — Laids Cea, UN-Habitat’s regional coordinator of the Cities and Climate Change Initiative, recently met with a group of journalists to discuss Tacloban’s rehabilitation and recovery plan and its push to develop a “resilient, vibrant, and livable” Tacloban.

See the full article on the Manila Standard Today: Tacloban P3-b plan: Investing in people

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Roxas, May 6 2014 — 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.

Mr. 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.

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.

Tacloban, May 6 2014 — The Philippines Shelter Cluster launched an infographic breaking down past progress and existing needs six months after Typhoon Haiyan.

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This Framework guides readers on completing a rapid diagnostic assessment on National Urban Policy.

It covers the rationale for a National Urban Plan, as well as elements to consider within the rapid diagnostic, including:Nat Urban Policy Cover

  • Drivers, trends and projections of urbanization
  • Urban legislation
  • Urban regulations
  • Urban planning
  • Housing policies and regulations
  • Infrastructure and basic services
  • Urban economy and municipal finances
  • Proposal for the system of cities
  • Other issues of strategic importance

The guide concludes with recommendations for action, strategies and a roadmap.

Published by: UN-Habitat Headquarters
Date published: May 2014
Publication type: Diagnostic Framework (PDF)
Pages: 8