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Research Report

Community-driven disaster intervention:: Experiences of the Homeless People’s Federation Philippines, Incorporated (HPFPI)

Jason Christopher Rayos Co
Copyright Date: Sep. 1, 2010
Pages: 69
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Table of Contents

  1. (pp. 1-11)

    The main purpose of this overview is to create a deeper appreciation of the context, milestones, processes, learning and emerging directions of the Homeless People’s Federation Philippines, Inc. (HPFPI) in its thrust to mobilise communities in finding and driving their own responses to disasters. With support from the Asian Coalition of Housing Rights (ACHR) and the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), this study also aims to contribute to the skills and knowledge base of the HPFP and its communities by providing case studies and stories of how communities have transcended the disasters that have affected them.

    The Homeless...

  2. (pp. 11-14)

    The Homeless People’s Federation Philippines, Inc. (HPFPI) is a social movement that mobilises and builds the capacities of low-income communities living in high-risk areas. It helps them to realise their needs and aspirations for secure tenure, decent housing, more humane relocation, basic services provision and livelihoods through savings and other community-led processes. This mission is rooted in the HPFPI’s belief in and promotion of men's and women’s innate right to a dignified life (an adequate standard of living and of housing). This mission takes on a deeper and more encompassing dimension in the context of the Philippines as a developing...

  3. (pp. 14-42)

    This section discusses the various experiences of the HPFPI in disaster intervention through cases that show the processes conducted, the hindering and enabling factors encountered, the strategies used and the lessons learned. Five cases are discussed:

    1. The trashslide and flash floods in the Payatas dump, Quezon City (2000)

    2. The landslide in Barangay Guinsaungon, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte (2006)

    3. The typhoon-induced flash flood and the Mount Mayon lahar (mud) flow in the municipalities of Guinobatan, Camalig, and Daraga, Albay Province (2006)

    4. The fire in Barangay Lower Tipolo (2007), and

    5. The flash flood in Ilolilo City (2008).

    “I was at my house...

  4. (pp. 42-46)

    The HPFPI’s five experiences in community-led disaster interventions, from the Payatas trashslide to the Iloilo City Typhoon Frank response, contain rich insights into workable post-and even pre-disaster measures by low-income community leaders. In this final chapter we attempt to present some of the main findings and recommendations.

    The HPFPI’s disaster interventions are an inherent part of its mission to organize and mobilise low-income communities located in high-risk or dangerous areas to drive their own secure tenure, housing, relocation, upgrading and risk management initiatives. In all of the cases mentioned, disaster-affected community members are the ones driving their reconstruction and rehabilitation...