Funded by Misereor, the German Catholic Bishops’ Organization for Development Cooperation, ICLEI South Asia and ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) are implementing a project focusing on the areas of urban resilience and informal sector of selected cities in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The goal of the project is to assess and relay lessons learned on building urban resilience with particular focus on integrating the informal sector in planning and decision-making processes. Quezon City, the largest city in Metro Manila in terms of population size and land area, was selected as the city in focus for the Philippines. According to 2014 data provided by the Quezon City Housing Community Development and Resettlement Department (HCDRD), the city has an estimated informal settler family (ISF) population of 195,875.
A study was conducted to establish the baseline situation of informal settlements, analyzing the sector’s climate vulnerabilities and ultimately develop solutions to address the identified site-specific problems. Asprer, an informal settlement community in Bagong Silangan, Quezon City with a population of 491 ISFs, was the identified community for the study and the project. The three-hectare land is owned by the City Government and is situated near the Payatas Sanitary Landfill that caters to all solid waste disposals of Quezon City. A series of questionnaire-guided key informant interviews with HCDRD Officials, community leaders, and residents was conducted. In addition, community immersion was conducted by the researchers to gain appreciation of the experienced reality of the community.
The site-specific problem statements generated for the areas and the formulation of solution baskets for these problems will be the discussed during the second Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific forum on March 2-4 in Melaka, Malaysia.