Project Name: 2006 YP Orientation Workshop on Social Housing
Theme: “Young Professionals Working Towards Sustainable Communities: Integrating Community-Based Disaster Risk Management in Social Housing”
Brgy. Agos-AgosDate: October 17-21, 2006
Location: Antipolo City, Rizal Province; Infanta, Quezon Province
Partner organization/s: COPE (Community Organization of the Philippines Enterprise) Foundation, Inc.
Funding: SELAVIP (Latin American, African and Asian Low-Income Housing Service); MISEREOR (German Catholic Bishops’ Organization for Development Cooperation); ACHR (Asian Coalition for Housing Rights); Holcim Philippines, Inc.
Project Output:
About 31 participants from Metro Manila-based architecture and engineering schools and representatives of people’s organization from Infanta, Quezon Province and Metro Manila attended the 2006 YP Workshop. Community immersion activities were conducted in three sites in Barangays Agos-agos and Dinahican in Infanta, Quezon Province. Documentation of the workshop proceedings can be viewed at 2006 YP Workshop Report

Project Name: Drafting and Design of 5 Houses for SAPSPA
Date: May to August 2006
Location: Magsaysay Village, Tondo, Manila City
Arch.Samson with TFA volunteersEnd client: Samahan ng Angkop na Pabahay para sa San Pablo Apostol
Volunteers: UP-TFA (University of the Philippines – Task Force Arki)
Funding: SELAVIP (Latin American, African and Asian Low-Income Housing Service)
Project Context and Objectives:
SAPSPA is a people’s organization based in Magsaysay Village, Tondo with a housing program (pabahay) initiated in the 1980s and funded by MISEREOR. Since the 80s, the student organization UP-TFA has been continuously extending technical assistance as volunteer architects for SAPSPA with each new batch of housing units to be designed. In May 2006, SAPSPA obtained funding support from SELAVIP to construct houses for 5 beneficiaries in the community. TAO-Pilipinas, together with UP-TFA batch 2006 student-volunteers, assisted SAPSPA with design and drafting of plans for building permit. Site visits, interviews with the beneficiaries, and consultations with TAO architects were also conducted by UP-TFA.
Project Outputs:
Five sets of architectural and engineering plans were completed by UP-TFA and were submitted to Manila City hall for building permit processing.

Project Name: Sourcebook of Alternative Building Materials and Technologies for Social Housing Projects (Phase1-Data Gathering)
Date: November 2006 – March 2007
PUP studentsEnd client: TAO-assisted communities and partner NGOs
Volunteers: 4th Year Research Methods class, PUP-CAFA (Polytechnic University of the Philippines – College of Architecture & Fine Arts)
Funding: MISEREOR (German Catholic Bishops’ Organization for Development Cooperation)
Project Context and Objectives:
In October 2006, TAO conceptualized a research project named SABMAT (or Sourcebook of Alternative Building Materials and Technologies for Socialized Housing) that aimed to contribute to the organization’s mission of “enhancing the technical knowledge and skills among stakeholders in the housing and urban development sector, especially in the marginalized groups.” The objective of the project was to come up with a reference that can give poor communities access to information they can use in constructing sustainable houses. The main challenge was to look into building materials and technologies that are appropriate, affordable, and locally available for communities. The Polytechnic University of the Philippines’ College of Architecture, through its dean, Architect Ted Inocencio, entered into an agreement with TAO to involve his students as volunteer-researchers for the project. For a whole semester his 4th year Research Methods class took on the data gathering phase of the project as an academic requirement. By March, the class was able to come up with a preliminary draft output which they presented to TAO and community representatives.
Project Outputs:
The PUP-CAFA students identified and researched 20 building materials and the results of the first phase of the project were compiled in a preliminary draft output. This compilation was reviewed by TAO’s RP (Research and Publications) Program and is being further validated and developed for publication.