UN-Habitat Philippines forms strong partnerships with national and provincial government agencies, local government units, private sector and civil society organisations and other international agencies to to promote and support socially and environmentally sustainable urbanization.

Current and recent partners include:


Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)
HUDCC is the government agency under the Office of the President, which serves as the oversight, the over-all coordinator, initiator and facilitator of all government policies, plans and programs for the housing sector; sets the overall direction and targets for the sector; and determines strategies, formulates appropriate policies, monitors, and evaluates the programs, projects and performance of the implementing shelter agencies. The HUDCC has four major key result areas which include the formulation of plans and policies on housing and urban development, development and supervision of innovative strategies and programs for tenure security, urban renewal and other support services, provision of overall administration and supervision to Key Shelter Agencies (KSAs), and provision of technical assistance to the Local Government Units (LGUs) on the delivery of housing services to their constituents. UN-Habitat Philippines partners with HUDCC to strengthen policy, regulation and governance, and financing mechanisms.

Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC)
SHFC is the lead government agency undertaking social housing programmes catering to formal and informal sectors in the low-income bracket. One of its programmes is the CMP, an innovative strategy adopted by the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC) to ensure the availability of long-term financing to the sectors of society with the lowest income. The CMP aims to improve the living conditions of homeless and underprivileged citizens by providing them affordable financing with which they can secure tenure on the land they occupy. It is a mortgage financing programme that assists legally organized associations of residents of blighted or depressed areas to own the lots they occupy, providing them security of tenure and eventually improve their neighborhood and homes to the extent of their affordability. UN-Habitat Philippines partners with SHFC on shelter programs, learning exchange programs, as well as policy improvements.

National Housing Authority
HA was tasked to develop and implement a comprehensive and integrated housing program which shall embrace, among others, housing development and resettlement, sources and schemes of financing, and delineation of government and private sector participation. UN-Habitat Philippines partners with NHA to improve on policy and regulation and housing programs.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
The DILG promotes peaceful, safe, self-reliant and development-dominated communities. It improves performance of local governments in governance, administration, social and economic development and environmental management, and ensures public safety. UN-Habitat Philippines partners with the DILG on policy and governance initiatives.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
DSWD is the executive department of the Philippine Government responsible for the protection of the social welfare rights of Filipinos and promoting social development. The department envisions a society where the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged are empowered for better quality of life. UN-Habitat Philippines partners with DSWD on shelter programs, as well as policy developments.

Local Government Academy (LGA)
The LGA is the country’s leading provider of capacity building services to local government units (LGUs) and to the DILG personnel. UN-Habitat Philippines partners with the LGA to provide technical assistance and capacity building, as well as co-creating knowledge management materials for local government units.

Climate Change Commission (CCC)

Local Government Units

Province of Capiz
During the post-Yolanda shelter program, 27 of our 28 partner Homeowners Association, Inc. (HOAI) came from the Province of Capiz, specifically from the City of Roxas and the towns of Panay and Pontevedra. The Provincial Government of Capiz signed a Declaration of Partnership with UN-Habitat and actively assisted in the procurement of permits and other documents needed in the implementation of the post-disaster shelter project.

Province of Iloilo
The post-Yolanda shelter project had one partner HOAI in Iloilo: Samahang Urban ng Maralitang Mamayan (SUMaMa) sa Zone I HOAI in Estancia, with 27 partner households.

Other organizations

BDO Foundation, Inc.
BDOF is the nonprofit branch of Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc., and promotes community development in three vital areas: decent shelter, sustainable livelihood, and practical education for marginalized sectors of society. BDO Foundation also actively promotes volunteerism among its employees who help out in the foundation’s various activities. On November 8, 2014, a year after Yolanda’s onslaught, a memorandum of agreement was signed between BDOF and UN-Habitat for the construction of a 120 sqm multipurpose center for the San Vicente HOA in Barangay Milibili, Roxas City. BDOF not only funded construction of the multipurpose center, which costs PHP 850,000, but also mobilized some 10 bank employees and 30 community members to volunteer in the initial construction work (e.g., helping haul materials and pour concrete footings and columns for the building). The multipurpose center was completed in December 2014 and has been turned over to the community.

Base Bahay, Inc.
Base Bahay, Inc. is a European charitable foundation specializing in housing that has been studying and testing bamboo-based housing design since 2012, introduced their experiences on designing and implementing bamboo shelters in the Philippines, and helped initial shelter designs to be improved. Base Bahay’s designs using innovative bamboo-based construction technologies were used in the construction of 20 core houses in the SUMaMa community in Estancia, Iloilo.

United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) – Capiz Chapter
The United Architects of the Philippines is the Integrated and Accredited Professional Organization of Architects (IAPOA) in the Philippines with more than 24,000 members. UAP is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock, non-profit organization. The UAP serves as the catalyst of dynamism and unity among Filipino architects, promoting the highest ethical conduct, discipline, responsibility and values beneficial to man and society, culture and the environment in the delivery of its professional mandate for local and global practice. UAP was part of the TWG that conceptualized and designed the core shelters built for the post-Yolanda project.

Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP)
The Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (ASEP) is the recognized organization of Structural Engineers of the Philippines. Established in 1961, ASEP has been in existence for more than 50 solid years. ASEP is known for its publications like the different volumes of the National Structural Code of the Philippines, the approved referral codes of the Philippine National Building Code. Representatives from ASEP formed part of the TWG that worked on the designs of the UN-Habitat core shelters. It was also ASEP that ensured the structural integrity of the cores shelters.