Individuals served in FY19: 946,475
- Through new construction –9,275
- Through incremental building –7,050
- Through market development –930,150
Volunteers engaged in FY19: 10,282
- Population: Over 108.7 million
- Life expectancy: 70 years
- Unemployment rate: 17.7%
- Population living below poverty line: 16.7%
Source: World Factbook
Habitat for Humanity in the Philippines
Since Habitat for Humanity Philippines started operations in 1988, it has served more than 140,000 families with decent housing. With significant scaling up of its activities, Habitat Philippines is able to help an average of over 25,000 families annually since 2013. Habitat and its partners also provide families with improved access to clean water, sustainable energy, healthcare, education and livelihood. Working in a country that lies along the Pacific Typhoon Belt and the Pacific Ring of Fire, Habitat frequently responds to devastating natural disasters that hit the Philippines annually.
Housing needs in the Philippines
Over 4 million Filipino families are living in unsustainable conditions with a lack of safety and access to clean water and safe sanitation. The government’s current policy and subsidies for housing are deemed inadequate to resolve the increasing backlog. More than 6 million housing units are needed by 2022 with the figure rising to over 12.3 million by 2030, according to a study by the University of Asia and the Pacific in the Philippines. In addition, the country experiences frequent seismic activity and is hit by about 20 tropical cyclones a year. Since 1988, Habitat Philippines has partnered with more than 150,000 families to build better lives. Habitat and its partners also help families with improved access to clean water, sustainable energy, healthcare and education.
How Habitat addresses the need in the Philippines
Habitat Philippines is a key partner to government agencies, private corporations and other non-profit organizations in providing shelter solutions. Habitat takes on a holistic approach in the communities it creates. It takes the lead in providing livelihood training, strengthening the skills of the youth through the Habitat Young Leaders Build campaign and Leadership Academy training, and advocacy efforts centering on security of tenure issues and empowering communities to assert their right to adequate shelter.
Urban renewal and development
The average cost of a new Habitat home in Philippines is slightly less than US$12,000. To ensure holistic growth and progress, Habitat provides community development training under its RISE or Resilient, Inclusive, Sustainable, Empowered Community Program. In disaster-affected areas, Habitat helps families recover and gain access to permanent housing and prepare for future catastrophes through training.
Building the next generation of shelter advocates
Through the Habitat Young Leaders Build movement, Habitat galvanizes youth to help build homes and communities, speak out for decent shelter and raise funds and awareness of the need for adequate housing. A US$25 donation enables one youth to receive a leadership training session under HYLB’s Leadership Academy.
Sustainable and appropriate construction technology
Collaborating with private companies, Habitat Philippines helps communities access appropriate, sustainable construction technology. A disaster-resilient, environmentally friendly home built with cement bamboo frame technology costs about US$10,500.
Awareness and advocacy
Habitat Philippines called for improved policies and processes on the use of Presidential Proclamations to secure tenure for informal settlers. Habitat also works with the government’s Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development in implementing the New Urban Agenda. Those efforts are seen to help 270,000 families.
Financial inclusion and market systems
Habitat’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter and its microfinance partners offer microloans to hundreds of thousands of individuals to improve their shelter. There is also extensive work to analyze and help improve housing market systems.