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Partnerships to Address Urban Poverty and Homelessness in the Philippines

Project Goals, Purpose and Expected Outputs:

Project Goal and Purpose:

The project’s goal is to provide improved access to housing and community services for the urban poor in the country.

Towards this goal, the purpose of the project is to develop and implement partnership models for the improvement of access to housing and community services for the urban poor in 4 regions in the Philippines and for wider dissemination and replication.

Expected Outputs:

1. Organised federations of urban poor groups  in  the city and national level   with strengthened capacity to demand rights of access to housing and community   services
2. Effective consultation and coordination mechanisms between urban poor groups   and government authorities at city/ metropolitan and national level
3. Evidence-based and need-oriented housing and community development strategies   developed (based on analysis of local assets and understanding of key   institutional/ legal constraints)
4. 2000 households benefiting from implementation of pilot projects for improving   security of tenure and/or access to community services
5. Experiences and learning  from the project shared with other  urban poor groups   and government authorities on metropolitan/city and national levels

Project Strategies:

1.Organizing, Consensus- Building and Empowerment of the Urban Poor

The project will organize the urban poor sector to give them a voice in the discourse on urban poverty and homelessness. It will equip them with proper knowledge, skills and attitudes for effective engagement with government to advocate their housing rights and demand government responsibility to help the poor to have access to land and housing. It will strengthen consensus-building processes and structures among them, not just on the community level, but also on the levels of city, region and nation. The emergence of women leaders will also be encouraged across all UP-ALL structures. Assistance will focus on Organizational Development, Gender Mainstreaming, Capacity-Building and Process Support.

The project will support, establish and/or strengthen 14 city-based UP-ALL formations (4 pilot cities and 10 partner cities) and the UP-ALL National Federation.

2. Social Research and Monitoring

The project will conduct relevant researches, both local and national, to have a common and baseline data as basis for a common understanding of the urban problems, assessing programme impacts, as well as the monitoring of Philippine achievements on the MDG, especially Goal 7, Target 11.

In the City Level, there will be city profiling and baselining in the first year and city monitoring and updating in the last year to measure the effect of the project in the city.

In the National Level, other researches will be undertaken in support of the Local Planning and Advocacy.

These will help in the analysis of the issues or urban poverty and homelessness and in the strategizing and planning for urban development and housing

3. Policy Advocacy and Dialogue

Public advocacy, dialogue and networking will be done in city, regional and national level to address poverty and housing issues such as evictions and resettlements, land use planning, social housing planning and finance, social service for the poor, among others.

The main activity and mechanism for policy and multi-stakeholder dialogue are:
Urban Development and Housing Dialogues:
• City Urban Development and Housing Summit
• Regional Urban Development and Housing Forum
• National Urban Development and Housing Summit.

These will be the venue for levelling-off on data and analysis or urban poverty and homelessness, strategizing and planning of interventions, as well as participatory reporting on the activities, outputs and commitments of the various project partners/ stakeholders.

The following advocacy activities will also be undertaken:

• UDHA Compliance/ Eviction Watch
• Policy Watch/ Advocacy for UP-ALL Agenda
• Budget Watch- Advocacy for Social Housing Budget

4. Modelling of Integrated Urban Development Approaches/ Strategies

The project will promote access to tenurial security and social housing, as well as modelling and piloting of technical and social innovations. These will be done both on the local and national levels.

There will be four main forms of assistance:
• Legal and Policy Assistance Funds
• Local Innovation and Leveraging Fund
• Capacity-Building and Partnership Fund
• Small-grants

Target direct beneficiaries will be at least 2000 households

5. International Partnerships for Learning and Solidarity

The project will also seek to develop partnerships with networks, programmes and projects in other countries to maximize opportunities to harness their experiences and learnings, as well as share our own experiences and learnings in the project  as we conduct  meaningful dialogue for mutual learning, empowerment, cooperation and solidarity. This may include international area visits and dialogues and participation in conferences and seminars.

6. Programme Learning and Knowledge Management Structures

The project will ensure that project experiences and learnings will be documented and synthesized, not just for the programme partners, but also for those interested in addressing urban poverty and homelessness in other countries.

A good project monitoring and evaluation system will be installed through project reporting, area monitoring visits, participatory assessment and planning sessions and a good programme-end evaluation.

There will be an appropriate process and video documentation system. There will also be programme publications. These will help to disseminate relevant information to specific stakeholders and sectors, and the general public, to enhance public awareness and generate programme support and participation.

Inception Report

The Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA) aims to institutionalise local and national partnerships to address urban poverty and homelessness in thePhilippines. It will be implemented by a network of local implementing partners in thePhilippinesin 4 urban areas. The aim is to improve access to services, reduce poverty and homelessness through multi-stakeholder partnerships and influence policy.

The project will strengthen urban poor federations in the city and national levels, commission relevant researches, build consensus, develop appropriate city development and shelter strategies, advocate changes in policies and practice, and document experiences and learning as we respond to issues of urban development. The project will produce functioning local and national partnerships of Government, urban poor groups and the private sector. It will also provide legal and technical assistance to communities towards security of tenure and access to services.

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Annual Report 1

GTF – 222 “Institutionalising Local and National Partnerships to Address Urban Poverty and Homelessness in the Philippines” Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies The first year of operations (September 2, 2008 – March 31, 2009) was a preparatory period to the main operational years of the programme (Years 2 to 4). Main accomplishments include selection of pilot cities and partner cities, selection of programme implementation partners, establishment of the programme management structures and processes, preparation of the programme operations manual, finalization of programme framework, strategies, plan and budget in the programme inception report. At the same time, the programme also maximized opportunities for capacity-building, networking and advocacy with the programme partners and stakeholders. These are important in ensuring smooth programme implementation in the coming years, The next year will see full-blast efforts to organize and strengthen urban poor federations, to develop multi-stakeholder consultation and coordination mechanisms, to formulate need-oriented and evidence-based housing and community development plans, to pilot innovative sub-projects for security of tenure and access to community services, and to share programme experiences and lessons in the pilot cities and partner cities, as well as in the regional and national levels The programme will be piloted in Quezon City, Legazpi City, Mandaue City and Davao City and will be expanded to Manila, Malabon and Montalban in National Capital Region; Naga and Tabaco in Luzon; Cebu and Toledo in Visayas; and General Santos, Iligan and Zamboanga in Mindanao.

GTF 222 Annual Report 1 GTF 222 Annual Report 1 Annex 1 Achievement Rating Scale GTF 222 Annual Report 1 Annex 2 Latest Logframe GTF 222 Annual Report 1 Annex 3 Financial Report GTF 222 Annual Report 1 Annex 4 Revised Budget

Annual Report 3

GTF – 222

“Institutionalising Local and National Partnerships to Address Urban Poverty and Homelessness in the Philippines”

Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies

The third year of programme implementation (April 108 – March 31, 2009) is an interesting time for governance and transparency work in the Philippines, marked with challenges and opportunities.

In that period, we had national and local elections. And in this election, graft and corruption had been drummed up as a major political issue. So this is an opportunity to promote good governance and enhanced transparency in the political debates, in the voters’ education, and in community discussions.

But the politically-charged atmosphere throughout the country demands a careful analysis of the situation, cautious engagement with candidates and political groups, and principled campaign to bring to the fore concern for governance and transparency, alongside gut issues of urban poverty and homelessness.

The programme had to make the delicate act of balancing these concerns in maximising opportunities and spaces for engagement that the elections offered.

We continued with the strengthening of community organisations and capacity-building of grassroot leaders. We continued with engaging with local and national government officials in accessing basic services and exploring solutions to problems of tenurial and income security. We continued with planning and initiating innovative projects on the ground in partnership with other stakeholders.

Alongside this, we facilitated a process among the urban poor community leaders of formulating an urban poor agenda and a concept of leadership that was used in assessing candidates, especially for President and Vice-President. With this, the leaders discussed their agenda with candidates until they finally decided to support then candidates, Benigno Aquino III and Mar Roxas, forging a Covenant for the Urban Poor with them.. At the same time, voters’ education called “Boto Ko, Sagrado” (My Vote is Sacred) was conducted among the urban poor communities to discourage the rampant selling of votes.

After the elections, the urban poor leaders is maximising opportunities in the Aquino government to push for their agenda.

The past year was also a time of increasing awareness and concern for disaster risk reduction and management as many urban poor communities, especially those living near rivers and waters had been experiencing flooding and other calamities and had been threatened by local government with forced eviction with no concrete plans for resettling affected families

On the ground, local partnerships are being strengthened to discuss and evolve innovative strategies for tenurial security and access to social services. Various models and systems for settlement planning, building technologies and socialised financing schemes are being tried to promote secure, safe and sustainable urban communities.

GTF 222 Annual Report 3 GTF 222 Annual Report 3 Annex A1 Achievement Rating Scale GTF 222 Annual Report 3 Annex A2 Latest Approved Logframe GTF 222 Annual Report 3 Annex A4 Materials GTF 222 Annual Report 3 Annex A6 Work Plan GTF 222 Annual Report 3 Annex A7 Local Partners List v 30 Jun 2011 GTF 222 Annual Report 3 Annex A8 Contacts List as of 30 June 2011 GTF 222 Annual Report 3 Annex A9-a Article 1 on Emerging Impact GTF 222 Annual Report 3 Annex A9-b Article 2 on Emerging Impact GTF 222 Annual Report 3 Annex B1 Latest Approved Budget v 30 Jun 2010 GTF 222 Annual Report 3 Annex B1a Proposed Budget v 30 Jun 2011

Midterm Evaluation Report

The Mid-Term Review has been conducted for the following purposes:

    • To assess overall progress especially in terms of programme outputs related to urban poverty and homelessness;

To assess the programme environment and ability of the programme to adjust strategies according to changes in the external environment;

  • To cull lessons from the programme experience; and
  • To assess opportunities for enhancing effectiveness and efficiency in delivering the targeted outputs.


It covers the first two years of programme implementation and provides a retrospective view of progress and accomplishments and a prospective view of the remaining two years of programme life. The review processes were conducted in a participative manner and used a combination of research methodologies for data collection. The Consultants reviewed project documents and related literature, consulted 179 resource persons in 11 focus group discussions (70 participants), 7 community meetings (105 participants) and four key informant interviews. The Consultants also conducted field visits in 12 communities in Davao City, Quezon City, Legazpi City and Mandaue City. A validation workshop was conducted on November 10, 2010 involving 19 participants from the PHILSSA Board of Trustees, Steering Committee, National Secretariat, Regional Secretariats and 15 NGO partners and implementing agencies.

The programme timeline to date indicates that Year 1 was used for inception and Year 2 for initiation of activities. By June 2010, the programme has covered 50% (22 months) of programme life and 50% of the budget (PHP 40 million). There are 24 months remaining to demonstrate full achievement of expected results.

The programme adopts a zero baseline approach in establishing reference points for determination of future results. Based on secondary and primary data, however, PHILSSA and its network of NGOs have created pre-existing values in housing and land tenure and have accumulated historical and institutional knowledge and reputation. There are also pre-existing organizations of the urban poor that are federated up to the regional and national levels, urban-poor focused NGOs assisting urban poor communities and pre-existing legal and policy frameworks and structures of government. In fact, PHILSSA has been serving as the Secretariat of the Urban Poor Alliance (UP-ALL) since 2000. PHILSSA also adopts a sub-grant approach to allocation of resources and an activity-based planning approach based on the approved Lograme Matrix. In fact, the activity plans have been pre-programmed for a 42-month distribution of activities.

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Project Completion Report

Click here to download the complete Project Completion Report                                                                                        Click here to download Annex 1- Achievement Rating Scale                                                                    Click here to download Annex 2- Final Logical Framework                                                                                 Click here to download Annex 3- Final Financial Report                                                                                                         Click here to download Annex 4- List of Materials Produced                                                              Click here to download Annex 5- Final Website Update                                                                                              Click here to download Annex 6- Final Evaluation                                                                                                                        Click here to download Annex 8a- Article 1 on Emerging Impact                                                           Click here to download Annex 8b- Article 2 on Emerging Impact