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)
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.”
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, Concern Worldwide, and CARE International. A crowd of more than 200 was estimated to have attended the launch.
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.
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 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:
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:
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.
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.