Slums in the Philippines are dispersed across the country’s thousands of islands. Slum areas often have limited access to basic services, no legal land tenure and insecure shelter, usually on the least appealing plots of land. Many Filipino slum dwellers live in areas where they are vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters such as along shorelines, around dumpsites, under bridges and on hillsides.
We work in the Philippines with one of our newest partner organisations, Philippine Action for Community-led Shelter Initiatives, Inc (PACSII). PACSII supports the Homeless People’s Federation of the Philippines, Inc (HPFPI), a network of over 70,000 poor people in 25 cities and towns who are working together around issues of land and housing.
We support PACSII and HPFPI to work with some of the most vulnerable groups of the urban poor. These include communities living on high-risk land susceptible to natural and man-made disasters, and those under threat of eviction. As a result, HPFPI is comprised of communities living along shorelines and railway tracks, on rubbish dumps and under bridges. It supports communities affected by fire, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions and in areas encompassed by large infrastructure projects.