On 12 July, community organizers of UN-Habitat visited Samahang Urban ng Maralitang Mamamayan (SUMAMA, Local Association of Urban Poor Communities) – Home Owners Association Inc. (HOAI) in the municipality of Estancia to conduct the shelter project’s first community action plan (CAP) workshop, where community needs and issues were discussed with residents and HOAI officers. Approximately 35 members actively participated throughout the three-hour session, which included an announcement of the list of tentative project beneficiaries.
Among many community infrastructure issues raised, priority was given to drainage improvement. Several residents’ lots have a creek running right in the middle, making the lots unsuitable for building anything on them. HOAI already requested the local government to resolve this by infilling or realigning the existing creek.
Payment of household mortgage arrears was second on the list of…
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