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Philssa in Quezon City

Posted by urbanpooralliance on August 8, 2007

The choice of operations of most of Philssa’s members in Quezon City reflect their commitment in correcting the city’s contradictions, balancing these with appropriate response for the marginalised sectors. Most of them have opted to concentrate in the most populous District 2, which also happens to be home to more than 15,000 urban poor families and an electoral base which no local candidate must ignore.




Back in the early 90s, Harnessing Self-Reliance, Initiative and Knowledge (HASIK), the now defunct and Philssa member led several attempts in consolidating urban poor groups in District 2. By 1993, this came into fruition with District 2 Based Alliance (D2Ba). Despite organisational problems which would later led to its demise after a few years, D2Ba nonethelss became a process in promoting self-organised communities and developing electoral awareness. It also became an opportunity for NGOs to further assess technologies of organising and even retool themselves. Aside from Philssa members, District 2 has also been the focus of partner independent organisations such as ALMANOVA, DAMPA, HPFP, SAMA-SAMA, and ULR-TF.




As any other NGO, every members has at its end-goal to decommission its services to the communities, allowing the latter to sustain themselves, including the engagement with the local government especially the barangays. Among the areas known for community organising and the delivery of other services are the NGC and Payatas. Albeit several NGO members have withdrawn from NGC, allowing more independent POs in the area, many remain in Payatas.



Bgy. Bahay Toro

In 1995, Sitio Sinagtala became a recipient of a technical assistance initiated a technical assistance for settlement planning cooperation with a local homeowner’s association.




Bgy. Baesa

FDA facilitated trallhe ownership of land covering an area of some 16,000 sq/m by 326 families. This proclaimed site entailed P12,800,000 worth of loan.




Bgy. Bagong Silangan

Bgy. Bagong Silangan has been touted as one of the biggest CMP site in the city, covering 2.7 has and involving 404 families. The village which has around 33,000 population has also been the subject of CMP project of FDA, which helped process 1,470 sq m of land for 27 families, amounting to P2,205,000.


Bgy. Bagong Silangan was also the pilot site of the LAMP-102 project between the Land Administration and Management Project and Philssa. LAMP 102 sought to surface appropriate mechanisms in facilitating shelter and tenure security. With the assistance of FDA particularly through its relationship with 18 HOAs, LAMP-102 undertook field validation, area mapping and community profiling and cost P467,000.

The affiliation of 18 HOAs with FDA also resulted to the inclusion of Bgy. Bagong Silangan as a mass base for the policy advocacy of FDA. Dubbed as QC MOVE or Quezon City Movement for Land and Housing Rights, this initiative calls for the creation of a local housing board, among many others.



Bgy. Bagbag, Bgy. Capri, Bgy. Commonwealth, Bgy. Sauyo and Bgy Sta. Cruz

All three areas have been a part of PASCRES’ youth organising and networking, in cooperation with Anak Teatro. This initiative targets more than 300 families for the period 2004-2008. UPA has likewise been active in the NGC area.



Bgy. Batasan Hills

FDUP is currently processing the acquisition of land under CMP, set to benefit 112 families and amounting to P8,688,000. Batasan Hills was also among the chosen sites by Kasagan-Ka’s microfinance and insurance programs.




Bgy. Commonwealth, Bgy. Fairview, Bgy. Pasong Tamo

The three barangays have been the pilot sites of Kasagana-ka’s microfinance and microinsurance projects.




Bgy. Culiat

Forty-seven families became CMP beneficiaries through FDUP, costing nearly P2 million. Kasagana-ka also included Bgy. Culiat in its operations.




Bgy. Del Monte and Bgy. Dona Imelda

These two areas have been the sites of community organising of COM. Having families situated along the river, the two have been engaging the LGU on matters relating to flood control and easements, among others.




Bgy. Gulod

Bgy. Gulod has been the site of several CMP projects, mainly through FDA and FDUP. In 2001 alone, these projects amounted to nearly P13 million, covering 245 hectares and benefitting 11, 164 families. In 2002, 23 hectares was subjected to the programme, costing P1.4 million for 883 families. FDA also facilitated access to decent housing by 2,270 households now settled in a 61-ha property amounting to P4 million in 2003.



Meanwhile FDUP has facilitated CMP projects amounting to P11,597,800 and benefitting 277 families from 1996 to 2002. Its existing CMP projects are estimated at P1,848,400, set to benefit nearly 300 families.



PASCRES also initiated CMP projects involving three local organistaions in Gulod: Nenita Ville HOA, Crispolo HOA, Florentina HOA. It also spearheaded a programme on youth organising and networking with Anak Teatro QC, involving 300 individuals.



Having been the siote of various housing projects, Gulod has been active in advocacies on housing. Among these is QC MOVE or Quezon City Movement for Land and Housing Rights.




Bgy. Holy Spirit

Bgy. Hol;y Spirit has likewise been an area for operations of Kasagana-ka. FDA also worked for 3,962 families through a direct-buying schemehousing programme that covers 95 hectares and costs almost P8 million.




Bgy. Loyola Heights

Because of its proximity to the Miriam College, Katipunan Avenue, the establishments running along the highway, and people plying the area have become beneficiaries of Miriam Peace’s environmental work. In the past, Miriam Peace promoted two-stroke motorcycles for tricycles passing through the highway and entering its surrounding subdivisions and universities. Such technology could effective reduce carbon emissions. Miriam Peace was also active in stopping the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from cutting the more than 50 year old Acacia trees which line the boundary between Katipunan Avenue and Tandang Sora as well as some trees on the islands along Katipunan Avenue. The environmental group also launched a campaign, encouraging the use of bayong instead of plastic bags in Shoppersville. Miriam Peace has also took steps in maintaining the pedestrian overpass facing Miriam College. Students and straff of Miriam College also plant trees along Katipunan Avenue annually. At the moment, Miriam Peace is engaging QC, academic institutions, and tricycle operators and drivers associations in a Community-based Air Quality Management Programme. It is also hosting an ecology camp for its high school students.




Bgy. Masambong

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Bgy. Nagkaisang Nayon

Areas such as Molave 2 and Damong Maliit had become recipients of the technical assistance in community planning provided by Alterplan and supported by Children International. The three year project saw the development of a low-cost housing that benefited 62 families. The resulting community also included a community center as well as commercial areas for small or cooperative-run businesses.



Bgy. Nagkaisang Nayon was also a beneficiary of a CMP programme facilitated by FDA, amounting to P15 million and encompassing 287 hectares. This initiatve benefitted nearly 15,000 households. FDA also provided consultancy services estimiated to be worth P800,000 in 2001. The village was likewise an active stakeholder in the QC MOVE which advocated the establishment of a local housing board, among others.



Bgy. Nagkaisang Nayon was also a site of upscaling with the support of the World Bank in 2005. This initiative consists of provisions for potable water in three HOAs; installation of a water system amounting to P9,273,378; and the construction of roads and drainage amounting to P7,370,170. The initiative also included a CMP project benefitting 441 families and amounting to P16,643,548.




Bgy. Old Balara

One of the most established areas in Quezon City, having as landmarks the offices of the Metropolitan Water Works and Sewerage System, Celebrity Sports Plaza and Capitol Hills Golf and Country Club. But as in most cases, much more runs along Tandang Sora avenue. Poverty surrounds the place’s periphery.



Old Balara has been one of the major community sites FDA has been servicing. In 2003, FDA became an instrument for three HOAs to secure the parcels of land their families are occupying. Liwanag HOA acquired 1,875 sqm through a loan amounting to P5,634,000. Meanwhile, Kapalaran HOA was granted 800 sqm for P1,280,000. Finally PIPAI HOA gained 504 sqm for P950,000. These CMP processes have benefited almost a hundred families.



Old Balara is also a member of FDA’s QC MOVE.



Other Philssa partners who have lent their expertise for Old Balara communities include SEED and Kasagana-Ka. In 2005 SEED performed a feasibility study in the area for a project with Alterplan. Kasagana-ka’s cooperative extended their services to the area and eventually offered microinsurance plans.




Bgy. Payatas

Marked by the mountains of garbage from different points in the metropolis, Payatas has undoubtedly been a showcase of poverty, being host of problems such as hunger, malnutrition, education, crime and so on. Due to these, which were further highlighted by the tragic landslide which killed 200 residents, Payatas has been targeted by development workers.



Payatas comes out prominently within Philssa’s network as well as the area has become a subject for CMP and programs related to health, education, women, and entrepreneurship.


Bgy. Payatas was among the CMP sites facilitated by FDA and FDUP. The former helped 69 families acquire 4,439 sqm through a loan amounting to P4,439,000 while the latter ensured the installation of 194 families to a land amounting to P11,708,450.



ICSI, with the support of individuals, has been running a feeding and scholarship program for Payatas’ children and youth. Sagip Bata Feeding Program is designed for underweight children aged 2 to 6, who are given supplements weekly for period of three months. At the moment, ICSI is serving 32 children. Landas ng Pag-asa Scholarship Program offers support for students seeking to pursue vocational and professional courses. Since 2002, the program has produced 57 scholars.



ICSI has also embarked on a reproductive health program that trains couples on the Billings Ovulation Method, which has been regarded as the most modern and effective natural method. Since the series of trainings were introduced in 2005, 120 couples have participated in the program.



Payatas has also been a target site for Kasagana-Ka’s programs on microfinance and microinsurance which have benefited a total of 1,600 families.




Bgy. Sta. Cruz

As part of the communities along the San Juan river, Sta. Cruz has been one of the sites of COM’s organising activities.




Bgy. Sta. Lucia

Bgy. Sta. Lucia was also a recipient of an FDA-assisted CMP project which had 1,700 households as recipients of a 42 hectare land, amounting to P2.5 million. FDUP also facilitated a series of CMP projects from 1993 to 2001 involving 304 families and amounting to more than P15 million.



FDA and PASCRES also included Bgy. Sta. Lucia in their respective campaigns for a local housing board and youth leadership respectively.




Bgy. Talayan

Consisting of roughly 1,000 families, the riverside community of Talayan has been deeply involved in COM’s programs on community organising and leadership development. Through time, a number of women from Talayan led the formation of the Gender and Development Council within ULAP. ULAP is a coalition composed of riverside communities within and outside Quezon City, pursuing housing issues, including the 10 meter easement campaign.



GADC intends to mainstream women and gender concerns within communities. This, also ensure that these concerns are not sidetracked by the advocacy around housing. Though still in its formative years, its leaders from Talayan and nearby areas have initiated talks with local officials towards the engendering the budgets of the barangays.




Bgy. Tatalon

Bgy. Tatalon is one of the riverside communities being organised by COM. COM has been providing a series of trainings in the area on community organising and leadership. Bgy. Tatalon is likewise active in engaging the LGU to reduce the 10 meter easement which affects more than 1,100 families. The area is also involved in COM-assisted gender mainstreaming initiatives. Bgy. Tatalon has also benefitted from direct support services such as community planning, reblocking, health and microfinance. It has also been included in COM’s research and documentation activities.


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