2017 YP Workshop heads to Brgy. Tandang Sora

2017 YP Workshop_Logo_Colored_lowresTAO-Pilipinas carried out this year’s Young Professionals (YP) Workshop on Social Housing from May 24 to 29 in Quezon City. Under the theme: “Planning for Climate and Disaster-resilient Urban Poor Communities”, the 2017 YP Workshop featured a series of lecture sessions and community immersion activities. TAO-Pilipinas collaborated with Foundation for Development Alternatives, Inc. (FDA) and Santuario de San Vicente de Paul Parish to execute the project in the urban poor areas of the parish in Barangay Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

The workshop had a total of 34 participants composed of 19 young professionals (YPs) and 15 community representatives. Among the YP participants were seven undergraduate architecture students, three architecture graduates, four licensed architects, one landscape architect, one community organizer, and three representatives from the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP). Architecture students, graduates, and licensed architects were from University of Santo Tomas (UST), University of the Philippines (UP), Far Eastern University (FEU), and Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP). Community representatives were from the three kawan areas of Santuario de San Vicente de Paul Parish.

The six-day workshop on social housing aimed to build the capacity of YPs in providing technical design support to poor communities working toward shelter security and sustainable settlements. The program of activities combined two levels of training – theory (lecture sessions) and practicum (community immersion).

Lecture sessions

The YP Workshop kicked off with a series of lecture sessions that were held on May 24 and 25 at Felipa Hall, Max’s Restaurant, Quezon City Circle. Various resource speakers were invited to discuss topics that would equip the participants with fundamental knowledge for the community immersion stage. Participatory activities were also integrated during the first two days to make the participants actively involved in the workshop.

The keynote lecture was delivered by Ms. Ana Dizon, a Board of Trustees Member of TAO-Pilipinas. Her presentation, entitled “Making a Difference: The Challenge of Housing the Urban Poor and the Role of Young Design Professionals”, addressed the gap between conventional architecture and urban poor housing. She also talked about the emergence and evolution of a new role in the design profession – the “architecture of empowerment”. The practice involved designing “for” and “with” the urban poor communities.

speakers01Four sessions followed the keynote speech. The first one featured two lectures that gave an overview on social housing: “Philippine Housing Situationer” by Atty. Junefe Payot of Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) and “BP 220: Planning and Design Standards for Social Housing” by Engr. Lorena Hernandez of TAO-Pilipinas.

speakers02The second session comprised three lectures that tackled climate and disaster risks: “Key Concepts in DRRM” by Arch. Angelus Sales of TAO-Pilipinas; “Implications of Climate Change-related Risks to Human Settlements Development” by Arch./EnP. Arlene Lusterio of TAO-Pilipinas; and “Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacities of the Urban Poor in Metro Manila” by Mr. Benedict Balderrama of Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA).

The third lecture session focused on building sustainable and resilient communities. The three lectures discussed were “Disaster-resilient Design Concept in Settlements Planning and Development” by Arch. Verna Sarraga of TAO-Pilipinas; “Creating Urban Resilience Through Retrofitting” by Ms. Maribel Larracochea and Engr. Clint Gabilo of Build Change; and “Low Carbon Communities” by Mr. Francis Dela Cruz of Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC).

The final session oriented the participants on the community consultation workshop that they would facilitate later in the community immersion stage. The session included: “Communicating Technical Knowledge to Communities” by Arch./EnP. Geraldine Matabang; “Presentation of FEP Survey Results” by Ms. Dominga Damian of FDA; “Profiles of the Community Immersion Areas” by Ms. Marissa Tinao, Ms. Rosemarie Pascual, and Ms. Lucia Singew, BEC leaders of Santuario Parish; and “The Community Workshop Process and Guidance to Facilitation” by Arch. Sales. Continue reading

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Provisional program for the 2017 YP Workshop on Social Housing

Day 1 Lecture sessions (May 24, 2017) 


Learning objectives for this session: To appreciate the poverty and housing situation at the national and local levels (urban context); To be familiar with the legal mandates, institutional mechanisms and stakeholders in social housing delivery; To know the standards and technical requirements for social housing design and provision

Lecture topics:

  • National and Local (Metro Manila) Housing Situationer
  • BP 220: Planning and design standards for social housing


Learning objectives for this session: To comprehend the basic concepts about disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA); To recognize the implications of climate and disaster risks in planning urban settlements; To understand the vulnerabilities and shelter and settlements-related needs of the urban poor in Metro Manila

Lecture topics:

  • Key concepts in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM)
  • Implications of climate change-related risks to human settlements development
  • Vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities of the urban poor population in Metro Manila

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TAO collaborates with FDA and Santuario de San Vicente de Paul Parish for 2017 YP Workshop

YPs to immerse in Tandang Sora communities

facade of Santuario de San Vicente de PaulTAO-Pilipinas is partnering with Foundation for Development Alternatives (FDA) and Santuario de San Vincente de Paul Parish for the Young Professionals Workshop on Social Housing slated on May 24-29, 2017. A network partner of TAO-Pilipinas, FDA is an NGO with a long track record in community organizing. They have been working with St. Vincent de Paul Parish, through its Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), to provide awareness and capability building for poor communities in Barangay Tandang Sora under its pastoral ministry.

Santuario de San Vincente de Paul Parish will serve as venue host for the workshop. The lecture sessions of the workshop on May 24-25 and the plenary session on May 29 will be held at the Verandas de San Vicente within the St. Vincent de Paul Seminary Complex in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

creek that runs in some part of Brgy. Tandang SoraThe parish area is divided into three smaller sub-areas called “kawan”. The YP participants will be divided into three teams and will immerse in the three kawans of the parish during the fieldwork part of the workshop on May 26-28. The YP teams will conduct community consultation-workshops and will stay in the community for two nights with host families. FDA and the parish BEC leaders are helping make the logistical arrangements for the community-based activities and are coordinating with host families to facilitate the YPs’ stay in the community.

Moreover, fifteen BEC leaders will be the YPs’ co-participants throughout the 6-day program. The BEC leaders will join the YPs teams as they conduct simultaneous consultation-workshops in the three kawans. These workshops will focus on the theme, “Planning for Climate and Disaster-resilient Urban Poor Communities”, to come up with community-led strategies and action plans.

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Application for 2017 YP Workshop on Social Housing is Now Open!

Application forms for the 2017 YP Workshop on Social Housing is now available for download. Please click here to get the application form. Application period is from March 20 to April 12, 2017. The tentative schedule of the 2017 YP Workshop on Social Housing is on May 24 to 29, 2017. Please read the information below to know more about the 2017 YP Workshop on Social Housing. You can also download the briefing paper here.

What is the YP Workshop on Social Housing?

Group photo of the participants of the 2017 YP Workshop on Social Housing

Group photo of the participants of the 2017 YP Workshop on Social Housing

The Young Professionals (YP) Workshop on Social Housing is a capability-building program of TAO-Pilipinas, Inc. that orients technical design professionals on social housing and cross-cutting issues in human settlements development especially among the poor. Through this program, young architects, engineers and planners are trained to be more socially aware of the shelter conditions of the underserved sectors. The workshop activities serve as a venue for learning and practice, as it gives the opportunity for participants to directly engage and provide technical assistance to poor communities with shelter needs.

TAO-Pilipinas collaborates with its partner organizations, including government, non-government and people’s organizations, to conduct training activities that fosters direct interaction between technical professionals and communities in need.

What is the thematic focus for the 2017 YP Workshop?

Since 2005, TAO-Pilipinas has already conducted several workshops in Metro Manila (2005, 2009 and 2011), Infanta in Quezon Province (2006), Legazpi City in Albay Province (2008), Rodriguez in Rizal Province (2011) and in Cagayan de Oro City (2016). Each workshop has a thematic focus, covering pressing issues related to social housing, community development and sustainable human settlements in general.

The theme for the 2017 YP Workshop on Social Housing is “Planning for climate and disaster-resilient urban poor communities”. The workshop theme looks at the intersections and links between social housing and climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Furthermore, it puts a focus on shelter issues within an urban context. The workshop will seek to find ways, mainly through community action planning, for communities to initiate solutions that address their climate and disaster risks.

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TAO Holds YP Workshop in Cagayan de Oro City

YPs during expectation setting

YPs group discussion in preparation for their expectations presentation

From March 15 to 21, the 2016 Young Professionals (YP) Workshop on Social Housing was held in Cagayan de Oro City (CdO). This is already the sixth time that TAO-Pilipinas has conducted the training for young professionals and senior students of architecture, engineering and planning. TAO last carried out the YP workshop in 2011. The workshop theme for this year was “Mainstreaming Participatory Design Process in Community Planning and Development.”

Fifty-six (56) participants joined the YP workshop in CdO. They are comprised of engineering students from Xavier University (XU), architecture students from Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST), community representatives from Impala Neighborhood Association and Tierra Villa Verde Homeowners Association, community mobilizers from the local government of CdO, and management and technical staff of Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC). The training on social housing for YPs was divided into two parts; part 1 was the lecture and orientation sessions while part 2 was the community immersion activities.

Lecture sessions

Two days were allotted for the lecture sessions that were held at the Manresa Training Center in Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City. The training began with a keynote lecture from Mr. Roel Ravanera, Executive Director of Xavier Science Foundation. In his lecture entitled “The Challenges to Sustainable Human Settlements Development and the Role of Young Professionals”, Mr. Ravanera talked about pressing issues in sustainable development and social housing and the ways to address these issues. He introduced the Xavier Ecoville project of Xavier University as an example of a housing solution to resettle Sendong-affected families and build a sustainable community.

The next presentations were grouped into four sessions that had specific learning objectives. The sessions were categorized into: (1) social housing overview; (2) participatory community planning and design; (3) building sustainable and disaster-resilient communities; and (4) facilitating the community consultation workshop. Several resource persons gave lectures about various topics, these included:

  • The National Housing Situationer presented by Atty. Junefe Payot
  • Cagayan De Oro Housing Situationer presented by Mr. Ermin Pimentel
  • Batas Pambansa 220: Planning and Design Standards for Social Housing presented by Arch. Angelus P. Sales
  • Cost Considerations in Socialized Housing Developments presented by Arch. Angelus P. Sales
  • Methods and Tools for Participatory Planning and Design presented by Arch/ EnP. Geraldine R. Matabang
  • Planning with Urban Poor Communities: Technical Assistance Case Studies presented by Arch/EnP. Faith Y. Varona
  • Sustainable and Disaster-resilient Concepts in Settlements Planning and Design presented by Arch/ EnP. Arlene D. Lusterio
  • Technical Professionals in Post-Disaster Rehabilitation Work presented by Arch. Verna P. Sarraga
  • Communicating Technical Knowledge to Communities presented by Ms. Ananeza Aban
  • Guide to Facilitating a Participatory Community Consultation Process presented by Arch/EnP. Geraldine R. Matabang

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