Manila, September 28 2013 — Silay, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities developed their city shelter plans as part of their response to challenging issues surrounding urbanization and shelter provision. The workshops were facilitated by the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and UN-Habitat in July and September 2013. Aside from aiming to strengthen the planning and implementation capacity of select cities, the workshops also tested the enhanced local shelter planning guidelines which incorporates critical elements of climate change and disaster risk reduction into the planning process. The enhanced guidelines, jointly developed by HUDCC and UN-Habitat, will be launched in October 2013 and will be rolled out to 50 cities within the year.
The shelter plan formulation process basically involves six main activities: data gathering, situational analysis, goal and objectives formulation, generation of shelter strategies, preparation of an implementation plan, and designing of monitoring and evaluation scheme. Building on previous experiences on shelter planning and implementation, the “enhanced tool” now incorporates several important planning parameters such as climate change vulnerabilities and disaster risk management. At the macro level, the new planning tool also ensures that the local shelter plan supports the overall urban development path and vision of the city as articulated in the city’s comprehensive land use plan (CLUP) and comprehensive development plan (CDP).
The Silay City workshop was held on July 1-4 with the participation of the concerned city departments, national government agencies and NGO partners, with Silay City Mayor Jose Montelibano leading the process. City teams from Butuan, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan held the workshops in Cagayan de Oro City on September 3-6 where more than 50 key city and national government personnel and NGOs participated. They found the new guidelines very useful in highlighting the magnitude and complexity of the work. Because of the information gathered and analysed through the vulnerability assessments, also conducted through UN-Habitat’s CCCI-PCCCA project, the new plans are better informed of the shelter options that would be safe for families. HUDCC regional officers from all over the country participated and helped facilitate the shelter planning process as they are expected to roll out the new guidelines to additional 124 cities and municipalities by 2014. The cities committed to implement and update the plan as necessary. UN-Habitat affirmed its support to the cities in achieving the goal of providing safe and adequate shelter for all and continuing this support through the 3-year Achieving Sustainable Urban Development (ASUD) project.