Volume 5 of the six-volume series explores community experiences of learning disaster risk reduction construction techniques while rebuilding their homes following typhoon Yolanda.
The series is jointly published by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN‐Habitat) and the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) in their effort to encapsulate the community and household partners’ experience with the People’s Process during their Post‐Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements project.
Yolanda wreaked havoc in the central Visayan islands in the Philippines, including 100 cities and municipalities on several islands such as Leyte, Samar, Cebu, Mindoro, Panay, and Palawan, among others. Official estimates peg at 1.1 million the number of houses destroyed or damaged. But from being helpless calamity victims, people in the communities engaged through the People’s Process by the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements project are now active advocates of resilience and disaster risk reduction (DRR)—a key transformation brought about by the groundbreaking project.
Household partners in the 28 partner communities in Panay Island were given training on how to rebuild their homes using DRR techniques. And they used the insights they gained from the series of training sessions not only in the construction of their new homes; they also provided guidance to those rendered homeless by the super typhoon but who were unable to avail of the project’s housing units.
Called the Household Self-Assessment Guiders, or HAGs, they went around their neighborhoods, and sometimes outside, checking out non- project-constructed homes, flagging possible structural problems and offering workable, affordable solutions in “building back better” resilient housing units using locally available materials and non-complicated processes. When the next typhoon came along, straight toward their still-traumatized communities, their DRR preparedness served them in good stead. Now, they are DRR disciples for life—and beyond their communities.
About the series
This publication series is an avenue to share the fruits of practicing People’s Process as it promotes strong relationships within the community and various bodies in the project, transforms communities even up until the household level, develops trust through a transparent financial mechanism, lays the groundwork for resilience and sustainability, and creates community leaders.
Through the stories of the people in this publication series, it is our hope that local governments, communities, and other stakeholders realize the viability and value of the People’s Process as an empowering principle and sustainable method of recovery and community development in their own localities or contexts.
Date published: December 2015
Publication type: Project publication (PDF)