ASUD Brochure CoverThe Achieving Sustainable Development Programme (ASUD) represents for UN-Habitat a pilot experience at country level to address the urbanization process from a new paradigm.

The new vision makes a shift in focus and incorporates three essential urban elements into a new, integrated working methodology: Urban Legislation, Urban Design and Urban Finance, as a three-legged strategy in advancing sustainable urbanization.

ASUD uses evidence-based knowledge to tackle urbanization as a complex process and builds on the potential of urbanization as a powerful transformative power when properly managed. ASUD is the integrated strategy for urban improvement, in five pilot countries.

Published by: UN-Habitat Headquarters
Date published: August 2014
Publication type: Project Document – Achieving Sustainable Urban Development (PDF)
Pages: 58

Iloilo, August 28 2014 — An air of hope and optimism wafted through the Iloilo Provincial Capitol last Tuesday as various humanitarian organizations convened for the World Humanitarian Day with the theme “The World Needs More Humanitarian Heroes.”

The event was created to commemorate the UN headquarters’ bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, that took the lives of 22 aid workers in 2003. And with the influx of humanitarian operations in the Yolanda-ravaged Western Visayas, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) brought the celebration to Region VI for the first time ever. Photo: UN-Habitat/B. dela Cruz.

The event was created to commemorate the UN headquarters’ bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, that took the lives of 22 aid workers in 2003. And with the influx of humanitarian operations in the Yolanda-ravaged Western Visayas, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) brought the celebration to Region VI for the first time ever. Photo: UN-Habitat/B. dela Cruz.

A photo exhibit was held from August 19 to 21 to showcase various Haiyan responses from both local and foreign organizations. From shelter support to medical aid, the unique displays carried stunning and emotive portraits of selflessness and resilience.

UN Habitat highlighted the activities of the ongoing Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements Project in the region, particularly the application of the People’s Process in community mobilization, shelter assessment and construction. Visitors at the booth were also treated to a live demonstration of the UN Habitat Shelter I scale model which elicited quite a variety of responses from guests.

Other colleagues in the aid community who participated were the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA- Philippines), International Organization for Migration (IOM-Philippines), Save the Children Philippines, World Vision Philippines, Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA-Philippines) the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC-Iloilo), Shelter Cluster Org.-Asia/Pacific, Concern Worldwide, and CARE International. A crowd of more than 200 was estimated to have attended the launch.

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Kenga Shandralingam of UN OCHA recognizes the coordinated efforts of humanitarian communities to address the pressing needs of Yolanda survivors in Region VI. Photo: UN-Habitat/B. dela Cruz.

Present during the Western Visayas regional celebration of World Humanitarian Day were Iloilo Provincial Administrator Raul Banas, Capiz Provincial Administrator Atty. Jose Villanueva, OCD Regional Director Rosario Cabrera, UN OCHA Iloilo Sub-office Head Kenga Shandralingam, Vice Governor Raul Tupas, and NEDA Regional Director Ro-Ann Bacal. Photo: UN-Habitat/B. dela Cruz.

Present during the Western Visayas regional celebration of World Humanitarian Day were Iloilo Provincial Administrator Raul Banas, Capiz Provincial Administrator Atty. Jose Villanueva, OCD Regional Director Rosario Cabrera, UN OCHA Iloilo Sub-office Head Kenga Shandralingam, Vice Governor Raul Tupas, and NEDA Regional Director Ro-Ann Bacal. Photo: UN-Habitat/B. dela Cruz.

The UN Habitat Booth featured some of the components of the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements Project: shelter construction, infrastructure support, and capacity-building of local artisans and communities.) Photo: Blue Motus.

The UN Habitat Booth featured some of the components of the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements Project: shelter construction, infrastructure support, and capacity-building of local artisans and communities.) Photo: Blue Motus.

Documentation & Reporting Officer Beryl dela Cruz explains the structural framework of the UN-Habitat corehouse which will be built in various parts of Estancia, Panay, Pontevedra, and Roxas City.) Photo: Blue Motus.

Documentation & Reporting Officer Beryl dela Cruz explains the structural framework of the UN-Habitat corehouse which will be built in various parts of Estancia, Panay, Pontevedra, and Roxas City.) Photo: Blue Motus.

Nine months have passed since the super typhoon Yolanda laid waste to Panay Island and the road to full recovery seems long and for some, bleak. Yet, it is paved with hope, thanks to the legion of humanitarian heroes who come together to tirelessly help the afflicted. The World Humanitarian Day aims to inspire more people helping people and UN Habitat echoes this call. Photo: UN-Habitat/B. dela Cruz.

Nine months have passed since the super typhoon Yolanda laid waste to Panay Island and the road to full recovery seems long and for some, bleak. Yet, it is paved with hope, thanks to the legion of humanitarian heroes who come together to tirelessly help the afflicted. The World Humanitarian Day aims to inspire more people helping people and UN Habitat echoes this call.
Photo: UN-Habitat/B. dela Cruz.

Roxas, August 14 2014 — 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.

Inaugural house awaits its new owner. 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.

The morning culminated with the ribbon cutting of the pilot house. Photo: UN-Habitat.

The morning culminated with the ribbon cutting of the pilot house. 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

The launch, which showcased the first of the 610 houses to be built, started off with a covenant signing between:

Pilot house owner Emelia Doriendes (middle), with two of her children, stands alongside Koji Otani, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, in her new home. Photo: UN-Habitat/JFA.

Pilot house owner Emelia Doriendes (middle), with two of her children, stands alongside Koji Otani, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, in her new home. Photo: UN-Habitat/JFA.

1) project-managing agencies (Bernhard Barth, UN-Habitat Human Settlements Officer for Asia and the Pacific; Christopher Rollo, UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager; Undersecretary Cecilia Alba of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, or HUDCC; Ana Oliveros, President of the Social Housing Finance Corporation, or SHFC; Alfonso Bediones, Jr., Capiz Provincial Coordinator of Couples for Christ – ANCOP, Ar. Eric Demingoy, President of the United Architects of the Philippines – Capiz Chapter; Ms. Cecil Benavidez, General Manager of Hilti Foundation, Inc. – Philippines; and Maureen Abelardo, President of BDO Foundation); and

2) partner LGUs led by Governor Victor Tanco, with Koji Otani, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan and representative of Ambassador Toshinao Urabe and Roxie Abagatnan, Capiz Provincial Rehabilitation and Recovery Coordinator of the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) as witnesses.

This was followed by the signing of 11 community contracts between:

An overwhelming reception of “thank you” signs from community members lines the path to the pilot house. Photo: UN-Habitat.

1) SHFC (the agency that enabled affordable land acquisition for beneficiary families) and UN-Habitat (the project’s key implementing agency); and

2) Homeowners Association (HOA) representatives, community leaders who represented the beneficiaries. The contracts are for the first 126 houses which will be built by the HOAs with technical support from UN-Habitat.

The real star of the show, however, was Emelia Doriendes, mother of five and owner of the inaugural house. Hundreds of locals and residents who flocked to the covered court cheered and hooted when video footage showed Emelia relaying her own account from the moment Haiyan slammed into her neighborhood to the explosive elation she felt when she saw her name on the list of beneficiaries for whom houses would be built.

The morning event culminated with guests being ushered to the project site for ribbon-cutting of the pilot house.

 

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.

Finishing touches on the pilot corehouse a few days leading to the launch. Photo:UN-Habitat/JFA.

Finishing touches on the pilot corehouse a few days leading to the launch. Photo:UN-Habitat/JFA.

Mr. Otani, this time in a more casual moment with the “welcoming committee.” Photo: UN-Habitat/Patty Saberon.

Mr. Otani, this time in a more casual moment with the “welcoming committee.” Photo: UN-Habitat/Patty Saberon.

Guiuan, August 1 2014 — 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.