The Negros Occidental Impact 2025
In 2019, Habitat for Humanity and the Hilti Foundation forged a partnership to bring the utilization of disaster-resilient Cement Frame Bamboo (CFB) Technology to scale and help address the housing gap in Negros Occidental. Dubbed as the Negros Occidental Impact 2025, the project aims to build 10,000 housing units in sustainable communities that are clean, green, safe, disaster-resilient, and progressive where families enjoy security in their homes. The success of the project is anchored on the public-private-people partnerships that ensure the implementation of the four project components:
- Community Cohesion and Development: strengthen social, economic, and political entitlements through the formation of homeowners’ associations and robust capacity building activities
- Site Design and Development: identify sufficient, suitable, and fully site-developed land for the project and incorporate a people-centered approach to site planning
- Housing Finance and Financial Inclusion: unlock government and private sector funding to create sustainable communities and address the housing gap
- Construction Technology: refine and promote the CFB technology in the housing marketplace and promote appropriate, quality building materials and construction processes in the Philippines’ housing value chain
In the end, the project will be a catalyst in the housing sector that will:
The Leadership Coalition
To help guide the implementation of the project, the Negros Occidental Impact 2025 Leadership Coalition was established. The Coalition is composed of relevant stakeholders that will support the goals of the project through the conception, development, and implementation of innovative and scalable concepts that will significantly improve the chances of low-income households in Negros Occidental to access decent and disaster-resilient houses. It will provide multi-sectoral support and work with different stakeholders to address the needs of the communities. The vision for the coalition is to facilitate the creation of an enabling environment that will support low-income and informal settler families in accessing decent and disaster-resilient housing options.
The partner families of NOI25 are informal settlers and low-income families earning daily wage income or rank and file employees who do not have the financial capacity to buy or build safe and disaster-resilient homes on their own. The beneficiary selection criteria include:
- Head of the family and must be below 60 years old at the time of filing of the application
- Must not be a registered lot owner anywhere in the country
- Must not have any outstanding purchase obligation at the time of application
- Total family income must fall within the poverty threshold determined by the local government
- Must be a resident of the municipality/city for at least five consecutive years
- Must not be a professional squatter or member of any squatting syndicate
- Is not a previous beneficiary of any socialized housing program of the government
- Must be willing to fully participate in the project
With the intent to create an impact on the housing issues of Negros Occidental, the project will work with various LGUs in the province to identify ready to build land where the CBF technology will be construction either through grant or affordable repayment. Since the project was initiated in 2019, over 30 sites have been identified but most are raw land. The pilot project of NOI25 is in Silay City where 534 units are being built for informal settler families. Three more sites are identified as priority locations including San Carlos with 230 units submitted for DHSUD accreditation and another 280 units under project development. A 110-housing unit project in La Castella is also under project development.
This massive project will rely on a multi-stakeholder partnership to unlock resources to build decent, disaster-resilient, sustainable communities. Habitat Philippines through philanthropic donations, balanced housing development compliance of DHSUD, and mass/economic housing incentive of BOI will fund the construction of houses, community infrastructure, and capacity development. The LGU will provide site-developed land with access to water and electricity, and road networks. The project will also leverage educational, health, and other services from the national government agencies. Grant houses will be provided for free to vulnerable informal settler families and houses with affordable repayment will be available to low-income families through the Pag-IBIG or the National Home Mortgage Development Fund.
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The Terwilliger Centre for Innovation in Shelter was launched in 2016 with the aim to help housing markets better meet the needs of low-income households. It achieves this by working to mobilize investment capital to the housing sector, facilitate and advise housing market actors and companies, and share knowledge around affordable housing.
As a market facilitator, the Terwilliger Center aims to catalyze both the demand and supply side of the affordable housing market to achieve a vibrant housing ecosystem around the world, and is currently working on projects in eight countries. The Center’s ultimate goal is to significantly reduce the housing deficit, thereby, reducing poverty and increasing the quality of life for low-income households. For more information you can go to habitat.org/tcis.
The opportunity to apply is open to organizations across construction industry which includes material and equipment manufacturers and suppliers, real estate developers, labor groups, industry associations, training institutes. It is also available for private companies including media that may also play a role.
NGOs are not eligible to apply.
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