The Integrated Approaches to Poverty Reduction at the Neighborhood Level - A Cities Without Slums Initiative

IMPACT is a technical assistance to the Philippine Government to develop the capabilities of the LGUs and the urban poor communities to work together to develop shelter upgrading plans for capital investment financing through the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Development of Poor Urban Communities Sector Project (DPUCSP) . This will be achieved by institutionalizing the Cities Without Slums (CWS) approach which is an integrated, participative, and multi-stakeholder partnership approach in slum eradication.

The project is being implemented by a team of experts in shelter program development and management under the UN-Habitat with the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) as the Executing Agency. Funding comes from the Cities Alliance using the resources of ADB and the UN-Habitat as its members.

IMPACT started in May 2005 and is being implemented in eight cities/municipalities outside Metro Manila, and one (1) in Metro Manila. These are Puerto Princesa City, Iligan City, Science City of Muñoz, Sorsogon City, Iloilo City, Escalante City, Butuan City, Valenzuela City, and Municipality of San Vicente. Projects shall be funded through the DBP-DPUCSP financing facility.

Related Resources:

  1. IMPACT Project Brochure
  2. Powerpoint Presentation on the IMPACT Project
  3. Terminal Report

Results on the ground:

  • 10 homeowners associations (HOAs) in seven LGUs have acquired and improved organizational, financial, project and estate management skills
  • 431 households are beneficiaries of livelihood skills capability-building
  • 2,382 households beneficiaries of HOA loans
  • 77 individuals benefited from livelihood skills upgrading
  • Increase in income from P40-P100/day/hh; initial savings derived from livelihood projects (max.of P12,000/HOA)
  • Four LGUs formulated shelter strategies while 4 others are on-going shelter strategy formulation
  • In October 1, 2007 , the UN-HABITAT together with the Asian Development Bank, the Development Bank of the Philippines and the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council launched the “Direct Lending Facility for Homeowners’ Associations”. The new lending facility allows homeowners’ associations to borrow directly from DBP to implement shelter and slum upgrading programs at the community level.