Category Archives: Human Settlement and Environment

1st Issue of HSE Update

The 1st issue of HSE Update is now out. HSE Update is the quarterly e-newsletter of the Human Settlements and Environment Program. This e-newsletter will give updates about activities and projects being done by the Human Settlements and Environment Program. … Continue reading

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ACCA Navotas Communities Visited by NTU Students

Graduate students from National Taiwan University (NTU) conducted a fieldwork in the ACCA communities of Barangays Tanza and Tangos, Navotas from February 12-17, 2011. The team was composed of Hsin-yi Hsueh, Pei-Hsuan and Kray Lin, Yin-wei Huang and Ching Shan Wu. The Taiwanese students were accompanied by their professor, Dr. Liang-Chun Chen, to conduct a study focusing on issues related to urban poor communities. Continue reading

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1 October 2010 ACCA Navotas Network General Assembly

Five community organizations from two barangays in Navotas held its first general assembly last 1 October 2010 in M/S Noah Training Center, Barangay Tanza, Navotas. Some guests were present including Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, from the Diocese of Kalookan, Emma Manjares and company of Damayan ng Mamamayang Pilipinong Api (DAMPA), Ms. Leonora Acosta of M/S Noah Training Center, the Barangay Secretary of Tanza, and Jayne Banayad, a representative from the Office of Congressman Tobias Tiangco.

The program started with an opening prayer led by Lolita Caparino, of Masagana of Navotas Neighborhood Association followed by the opening remarks by Rogelio R. Sario of Samahang Pantalan Uno.An introduction about ACCA Navotas Network and its projects was presented by Marginela B. Brucelo of Masagana of Navotas Neighborhood Association. Issues, problems and plans were presented by representatives from each of the 5 member-organizations: Menelo S. Abueva from Masagana of Navotas Neighborhood Association; Rogelio R. Sario from Samahang Pantalan Uno; Cecilia A. Virtuz from Samahan ng Kababaihan sa Dulong Tangos; and Rosa Estipanio from Samahan ng Maliliit na Mangangalakal sa R. Domingo. An annual report was also presented by Arlene Christy D. Lusterio of TAO-Pilipinas, Inc. the NGO proponent of the ACCA project in Navotas City. Bishop Iniguez, Ms. Manjares of Dampa and Ms. Leonora Acosta of M/S Noah Training Center shared their praises and support to the efforts of the communities in Navotas. Continue reading

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Relief Operations Updates

Dear Donors, TAO-Pilipinas Inc. wishes to extend its gratitude and thanks to those who donated funds to help the victims of tropical storm Ondoy (Ketsana) and more recently typhoon Santi (Mirinae). Dear Donors, TAO-Pilipinas Inc. wishes to extend its gratitude … Continue reading

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WHO CAUSED THE FLOOD

Ondoy no sooner began to subside than government once again blamed the poor families- estimated to number about 80,000 families (400,000 men, women and mostly children) — for the unprecedented flooding.The government prohibited these poor families from returning to their homes from evacuation centers. Lastly, housing officials talked publicly about evicting all 80,000 families and relocating them outside the city, far from jobs and basic services.

These government actions are based on the belief that the poor cause the floods by blocking the esteros and rivers. Luckily there were other explanations for the flooding. Architects, geologists and urban planners reminded us that the causes of the floods were much more complex, cabinet and city officials conniving with developers to violate sensible planning rules played a big part. So, too, those who logged and quarried in the mountains around Manila. Climate change played a role. Guilty, too, are those city officials who ignored the instructions of the Urban Development and Housing Act (1992) that each city should set aside land for social housing. If that had been done 17 years ago, there would be fewer families on the rivers and esteros. Continue reading

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