Peoples Process Shelter - Volume 2 - Partnership-1_1200pxVolume 2 of the six-volume series explores the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships within shelter programmes.

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.

Introduction

The Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements project, implemented with the People’s Process, was a triumph of partnerships and alliance-building. It was jumpstarted with initial funding from the Government of Japan. This was augmented with additional finances by the Philippine Government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

But what made the construction of a sizeable number of permanent housing for Yolanda victims possible was that problems with land tenure were addressed early on by the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), the lead government agency undertaking social housing programmes catering to formal and informal sectors in the low-income bracket.

Also brought to the table was the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), the lead government agency in the Resettlement Cluster under the government’s Yolanda response program, the Comprehensive Recovery and Rehabilitation Program (CRRP). The Province of Capiz and the Province of Iloilo were active partners, too.

The houses were designed by a technical working group in collaboration with the partner families and Capiz chapters of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) and the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines to ensure their architectural and structural soundness. The Hilti Foundation, a Europe-based charitable foundation specializing in bamboo- based housing designs, was instrumental in building most of the housing units in Estancia, Iloilo through local affiliate BASE Bahay, Inc. The housing designs were submitted to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) so it could check if the designs were compliant with typhoon- resilient design parameters including resistance to wind speeds of up to 250 kilometers per hour.

Harnessing the spirit of volunteerism, as well as its own budget, the BDO Foundation, Inc. (BDOF) constructed multipurpose centers to enhance the public life in partner communities. Private builders, barangay units, and local government units (LGUs) went out of their way to provide basic community infrastructure such as drainage systems and footwalks. Cross-community partnerships also prospered.

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)
Pages: 64