Volume 1 of the six-volume series explores community experiences of working together through the People’s Process to rebuild 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.
Community partnership emerged in the course of the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements project. This collaboration made the project easier and more cost-effective because of the collective efforts of the communities who worked together for a common goal.
The project also strengthened inter-community relations and relived the Filipino “bayanihan” spirit. Mary’s Land, Sunrise Ville, and Golden Fields Homeowners Associations (HOAs) are three adjacent communities in Milibili, Roxas City, Capiz that never had any collaboration until the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements project. Because of the small number of household partners from the three separate HOAs, UN-Habitat decided to merge the three and created a central committee which implemented the project. With the group’s synergy, the shelter project turned out to be 30 per cheaper because of their bulk purchase of construction materials.
San Vicente Phases I and II HOAs in Panay, Capiz, on the other hand, strengthened their ties and implemented a wider-range site development project. Shared community funds built the communities’ dream multipurpose center; and a centralized drainage system, another collaboration, is underway. The project has produced houses founded on partnership and cooperation as well as strengthened inter-community relations that can withstand and help cushion the blows of future disasters.
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)