I. Communities and Architects Working Together Iloilo City, PhilippinesLocation:
Iloilo City, Philippines
Teacher/Student/Architects/Engineersfrom the University of San Agustin
1.Homeless People’s Federation Philippines, Inc. (HPFPI)2.The Philippine Action for Community-led Shelter Initiatives Inc. (PACSII)
Carl Beray, Vhal Libutaque, Alcor Mandario and Christopher Ebreo
A Team of YP Intern-Architects Working with HPFPI-PACSII in Iloilo City
Urban poor communities, most often, are denied the servicesusually provided by architects, planners, and other profession
-als. But if professionals are able to provide support in enablingways and give the poor a chance to say and do what they want,
communities can become capable of unleashing a lot of energy
into planning and implementing their own development.
The Homeless People’s Federation Philippines, Inc. (HPFPI),
currently working to help low-income communities living in high-riskareas to obtain secure land tenure and housing. They also assistcommunities affected by disasters, as well as support community up-grading initiatives. In all these undertakings, the Federation stronglybelieves that processes should be community driven. It also ensuresthat communities share and learn from each others’ experiences of promoting and achieving positive changes in their own cities andcommunities.
The Philippine Action for Community-led Shelter Initiatives Inc.(PACSII)
provides intermediary support to the HPFPI. It works close-ly with the Federation and plays an “enabling” support role to their community-driven initiatives – in the physical (planning, architectural,engineering), legal and finance aspects.
The Beginning:Community-led Upgrading
In late 2006, ACHR provided support toHPFPI to initiate 10 community-driven
small scale upgrading projects in Iloilo
City. A community architect, May Do-mingo, was given the opportunity to assistin this undertaking. The upgrading initia-
tives resulted in one very important posi
tive change: communities realized that
they were capable of improving their ownsettlements; that with some professional
assistance, communities could design,
implement and manage their own proj-ects in a way that they like, understandand can be in control of. And, it turned outto be cheaper as well!
The Growth:Community-managed Housing
The experience in small-scale upgrading built the confidence of the Federation and the city urban poor network to embark on alarger scale project: the CLIFF housing project for 197 familiesaffected by a major flood control project. The challenge lay in
enabling the community to design, implement and manage the
project themselves. Starting with a demonstration project of 20
houses, participatory tools in housing design and mechanisms
for community management were tested, and are now being ap-
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