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Integrated Shelter Recovery Project in Albay

Background and Objectives

The Philippines was hit by a series of typhoons in the last quarter of 2006 that left around 250,000 families homeless in various provinces of the country. In the Bicol Region alone, around 100,000 houses were destroyed by Typhoon Durian, where provision of shelter and supporting services for the affected communities was recognised as the most pressing need. This programme supported Albay Province to assist with the resettlement of 400 households, including provision of basic community infrastructure, selected from high risk areas rendered homeless by a landslide initiated by the typhoon.


The main activities include:
* Establish partnerships among the community groups, LGUs, donor organizations, and local NGOs; and support the national and provincial shelter reconstruction clusters;
* Conduct capability building interventions to the affected families/communities in livelihood recovery, "building-back-better" through more cyclone resilient housing structures, basic services provision, community organizational capabilities, and estate management;
* Apply and adapt to the local circumstances UN-HABITAT disaster management tools;
* Conducted knowledge sharing workshops specifically for the development of housing design that would withstand cyclone, estate management practices and policies, and livelihood recovery framework development;
* Advanced advocacy efforts through sharing of UN-Habitat strategies and approaches at various levels and networks.

Results (2008)

* National and provincial shelter reconstruction clusters established and operationalised;
* Business/community/LGU networks established and supported to ensure better institutional coordination and information sharing on tested tools, technologies, and good practices; in order to sustain partnerships amongst different actors, realize project complementarities, synergies and multiplier effects to effectively tackle the needs and complexity of post-crisis response especially during the emergency and early recovery phase;
* Capacitated community-based organizations in Taysan and Anislag in camp and disaster management, project development and implementation, shelter planning, and estate management and monitoring;
* Built a consultative process into the traditional NDCC approaches, including consultation workshops to design typhoon resilient housing designs, multi-stakeholder workshop for social preparation enhancement and livelihood support for employment and income augmentation;
* Assisted local organizations in other sites (affected areas/municipalities) in social preparation and shelter planning resulting in "Social Preparation Guidelines/framework"; a "Livelihood Recovery Framework" which also serves a guide or reference of local stakeholders in conceptualizing and implementing livelihood programs, and "Estate Management Guidelines";
* Developed partnerships and mobilized resources from the private sector for housing technologies and included donations for housing building materials.

Development Partners / Partners

Development Partners: Government of Luxemburg
Partners: Albay Province Local Government Unit (LGU) and National Disaster Coordination Council (NDCC)

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