ISFI September 2009 Report

Better Shelter and Basic Services Support for Urban Poor in Talomo Area

1Davao City is one of the most densely populated cities in the country. Apart from the population growth, the city’s economic opportunities is a magnet to many people who seek better life. With more people in the city, the demand for housing tends to increase exponentially. Not all are fortunate to build their own, decent houses; they are often called informal settlers, making- do of the small spaces such as those considered road- right of way, those in danger zones ( such as near riverbanks) , those in private and government properties.

The Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies ( PHILSSA) and the Department for International Development ( DFID) of the United Kingdom are implementing a project called “ Institutionalizing Local and National Partnerships to Address Urban Poverty and Homelessness in the Philippines. One of the initial requirements is the conduct of a city baseline survey as to the profile of the urban poor in key areas of the country such as Davao City. The Institute for Small Farms and Industries ( ISFI) was tapped to undertake the baseline profile. ISFI also worked closely with the San Lorenzo Ruiz Socio- Economic Development Foundation and other offi ces of the Davao City Government to come up with the benchmark information on Davao City’s urban poor, particularly those located in 11 puroks of Brgy. Talomo.

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