Philippines: Philippine Action for Community-led Shelter Initiatives
Philippine Action for Community-led Shelter Initiatives, Inc (PACSII) grew out of a church based organisation called the Vincentian Missionaries Social Development Foundation, Inc. In 1992, this organisation supported the first community savings groups in an area called Payatas in Manila. These groups have since encouraged and assisted groups in other parts of the city and country to mobilise around issues of land and housing. The groups make up the Homeless People’s Federation of the Philippines, Inc (HPFPI), which today incorporates over 85,000 people in 200 communities in 14 cities and towns throughout the Philippines. PACSII has also set up a network of architects and technical services, the Technical Assistance Movement for People and Environment, Inc. (TAMPEI), which is assisting PACSII in developing its projects
The Phillippines Alliance works with the wider urban poor living in slums across the Phiippines, as well as more vulnerable groups within the urban poor, for example, communities living in high-risk conditions on land susceptible to natural and man-made disasters or those under the threat of eviction. It also partners with local government to provide sustainable housing solutions for the urban poor.
The Philippine Action for Slum Upgrading Facility (PASUFI) is a revolving loan fund set up by PACSII to support slum dwellers with construction projects in their communities. To ensure the sustainability of the fund and PACSII’s own work throughout the Philippines, PACSII has been working with a Micro Finance Institution to help improve the management of its loans and loan repayment rates. PACSII has set up and trained local community teams who will coordinate CLIFF projects in their areas. This work has helped to bring financial management skills to the community and has instilled a sense of financial discipline by encouraging community members to save for the months prior to receiving their construction loans.
In addition to developing the PASUFI, PACSII is now nearing completion on a number of projects to provide housing and home improvements to families across the Philippines, including those in Iloilo City, Digos City, Mandaue City and Rodriguez Municipality. By working closely with local governments, PACSII has been able to secure resources and technical assistance to enhance these projects, including negotiating work on roads in Iloilo City, water facilities in Rodriguez and 1.3 hectares of government land in Sorsogon. PACSII’s current CLIFF projects are set to benefit over 500 individuals throughout the Philippines.
As PACSII continues work on its housing programme and finance facility over the next year, it is also turning its sights to further improving the environmental sustainability of its projects. It is developing the social entrepreneurial aspect of its current Interlocking Compressed Earth Brick (ICEB) production and researching the technical, market and social viability of bamboo as an alternative construction technology. Through these initiatives, PACSII plans to provide cost-effective and environmentally sound building materials for slum dwellers, which in turn could help to generate revenues and further aid the sustainability of its work.
PACSII 221 Tandang Sora Avenue 1116 Quezon City Philippines Tel: +63 (2) 455 9480 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.hpfpi-pacsii.org