Project Name: 2008 YP Orientation Workshop on Social Housing
Theme: “Building Sustainable Communities in the Resettlement Sites of Albay Province, Bicol”
YP workshop in BicolDate: January 21-25, 2008
Location: Legaspi City and Municipality of Daraga, Albay Province
Partner organization/s: COPE (Community Organization of the Philippines Enterprise) Foundation, Inc.
Funding: PHILSSA (Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies, Inc.); SELAVIP (Latin American, African and Asian Low-Income Housing Service); MISEREOR (German Catholic Bishops’ Organization for Development Cooperation)
Project Output:
Twenty-five (25) participants joined the five-day workshop, including graduates and students from Bicol University Department of Architecture and Aquinas University Polytechnic Institute. They were joined by representatives from Bicol Urban Poor Coordinating Council (BUPCC) and community associations in the COPE-sponsored housing areas in Anislag Phase 2 and Taysan resettlement sites.

Project Name: 2008 YP Summer Internship
Date: April to June 2008
Location: Metro Manila, Philippines
Interns: Emma Ruth Ramos; Carla Jean Duque; Lloyd Ison; Jenny Bore
YP summer interns 2008Funding: SELAVIP (Latin American, African and Asian Low-Income Housing Service)
Project Output:
The 2008 YP interns were able to assist in the following TAO projects:
– Research Paper on Good Practices in Community-Based Solid Waste Management in Metro Manila;
– Structures Map Validation for SANAGMANA Resettlement Project;
– Validation of Research on Land Acquisition, Registration, Surveying and Titling in Metro Manila; and
– Research Paper on Land Acquisition among Urban Poor Communities: A Case Study of Payatas and Malibay.

Project Name: 2008 YP Lecture Series
Date: March 3, 2008
Venue: Mapua Institute of Technology – School of Architecture, Industrial Design and the Built Environment
– Fr. Jorge Anzorena, SELAVIP
– Engr. Rosalyn-Frances Marcelo, TAO-Pilipinas

Project Name: Structures Mapping of FHP-sponsored community in Rodriguez, Rizal
Date: September 2008
Location: Barangays Tibag and Curayao, Rodriguez, Rizal
End client: Food for the Hungry Philippines
YP UST ACES volunteersUST-ACES (University of Santo Tomas – Association of Civil Engineering Students)
Project Context and Objectives:
Fourth and fifth-year BS Civil Engineering students of University of Sto. Tomas answered the call for volunteers to help in mapping out 16 houses in a creek-side location in Rodriguez, Rizal. The houses are part of an informal settlement and were damaged by Typhoon Frank last June 2008. Food for the Hungry (FH) Philippines is sponsoring the house repair for these households and TAO-Pilipinas has been tasked to provide technical assistance in the design of modular and demountable units appropriate for the area.
Project Output:
The UST-ACES volunteer group conducted the structures mapping on September 15 and they presented their work outputs, including schemes for house repair and improvements, to TAO and FHP on October 1, 2008. They also plan to volunteer in the actual construction work for the houses to be repaired by November 2008.

Project Name: Integrating Disaster Risk Management in Site Planning and House Design of Resettlement Projects in Albay, Bicolwidth=
Date: November 2007 to April 2009
Study Area: Taysan Resettlement Site in Legaspi City and Anislag Resettlement Site Phase 2 in Daraga, Albay
Funding: ProVention Consortium Research & Action Grants for Disaster Risk Reduction 2007-2008 Round III
Project Objective:
The research looked into the recovery efforts taking place in Albay resettlement sites and studied the technical aspects of disaster-resilient shelter design and construction in the context of Albay’s vulnerability to typhoon and volcanic hazards. The research output can serve as a guide for stakeholders in developing relocation sites into more disaster-resilient areas for human settlement. It proposes methods and practices to help avoid generating new risks from unchecked construction practices and prevent creating inappropriately-planned resettlement sites and unsafe houses that add to the vulnerability of poor communities.