Building a #BetterUrbanPH​

Since 2003, UN-Habitat Philippines has supported the government in building sustainable, safe, inclusive and resilient cities and human settlements in the country through the implementation of various programs and projects.

UN-Habitat has worked with national government partners and over 50 local government units on the localization of global development frameworks with special focus on urban planning and design, post-disaster and post-conflict community-based shelter recovery, slum upgrading, climate change adaptation and mitigation, waste management, and disaster prevention and response.

Addressing the urban challenges in the Philippines

Philippines: The Urban Challenge

  • Level of urbanisation grew from 45.3% in 2010 to 51.2% in 2015.
    — Philippine Statistics Authority, March 2019
  • Average of 22 tropical cyclones enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility—around 6 to 7 make landfall and cause significant damage. At least 60% of the country’s total land area is exposed to multiple hazards, 74% of the population is vulnerable to their impact. 
    — UN OCHA Philippines, April 2019
  • National housing backlog is at 6.38 million units with 3.62 million informal settler families
    — HUDCC Consolidated Shelter Plan Data, December 2018
  • With over 90 per cent of confirmed cases coming from urban areas, cities have been the epicentres of COVID-19. Lockdowns and other public health measures to control the spread of COVID-19 have exposed and worsened inequalities in cities.
    – World Cities Report, 2020

Strategy

  • Support national priorities on urban development and housing as well as support cities and local governments, as drivers of sustainable and equitable development, in operationalizing national priorities in the local context.

Objectives

  • Strengthen national capacities for sustainable urban development and housing.
  • Strengthen city capacities in sustainable urban development planning with a focus on urban planning and design, low emission development, and urban resilience and shelter planning.
  • Strengthen capacities of communities to participate in development planning and to access adequate shelter and basic services

Working across different areas of urbanization

Land Use

Policy

Urban Planning and Design

Housing

Climate Change

Open Space

Waste Management

Marine Litter Reduction

Resettlement

Connectivity

Working across different areas of urbanization

Land Use

Policy

Urban Planning and Design

Housing

Climate Change

Open Space

Waste Management

Marine Litter Reduction

Resettlement

Connectivity

Manila

Calapan

Cagayan de Oro

Legazpi

Davao

Ormoc

Angeles

Tagum

Marawi City

Cebu City

New Clark City

Making an impact in Provinces, Cities, and Communities

By working with the different levels of local government, we make sure we leave no one and no place behind.

Our Current Projects

Climate Change 50%
Shelter for All 90%
Waste Management 50%

Cities: Manila, Calapan, Cagayan de Oro, Legazpi, Davao, Ormoc, Angeles, Tagum, Marawi City, Cebu City, New Clark City

Provinces: Naga, General Santos, Southern Leyte, Bukidnon, Sultan Kudarat, Zamboanga del Norte

Sharing Knowledge

Know more about the Philippines’ urban development and human settlements landscape.
Download these national publications.

Partner with UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat Philippines hopes to create socially and environmentally sustainable cities, provinces, villages and barangays in the Philippines, and welcomes partnerships with government, international agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector.

Let's Work Together