Past Projects - Research and Development


Squatter syndicates through the eyes of the informal settlers

A study conducted for the research component administered by the Institute for Church and Social Issues for the Land Administration and Management Project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the World Bank.


Environmental indicators for housing design and settlements planning

A project supported by the Urban Research Consortium, undertaken jointly with the University of the Philippines - Center for Integrative Development Studies (UP-CIDS) to develop land use and housing benchmarks for effective household and community level solid waste management.


Environmental scanning for selected NCR cities/municipalities

For the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).


Study on the conditions that make medium-rise buildings (MRBs) appropriate higher density housing solutions               

Supported by the Urban Research Consortium.


Research on a sustainable fiscal model for various sectors involved in social housing in Muntinlupa City              

For the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).


Participation in a steering committee to develop the National Housing Authority's (NHA) program for cooperative housing  

Participation as resource persons in NHA staff development trainings. With Cooperative Foundation Philippines Inc. and Cooperative Union of The Philippines


Framework building for women in relation to the built environment    

Supported by DIWATA Foundation. 


Policy research for agrarian and aquatic reform and agricultural development

For Regeneration-Philippines, Inc. (RPI), supported by the Department of Agriculture - Dutch Countervalue Fund Program.


Development of cooperative housing program; Organizing of housing cooperative               

For the NGO Coalition for Cooperative Development (NGO-CCD)


Development of Rapid Appraisal (RA) as a technique for participatory research in the urban context

Supported by the Philippine-Canadian Human Resource Development (PCHRD) program


Development of cooperative housing concepts; Study of existing housing cooperatives;

Preparation of a cooperative housing sourcebook

Organizing of housing cooperative for CFPI and PRRM staff;

Study on the feasability of transport cooperatives for the worker's sector



Past Projects - Technical Assistance

April 2006 - March 2007

Local Government Barangay Level Monitoring System Development: Measuring Target 11 of the Millennium Development Goals 

The project was initiated with a grant from the European Union-Philippines Small Projects Facility.  The project adapts the design and promotes the use of the UN-Habitat indicators for measuring Target 11 of the Millennium Development Goals at the barangay level.  Target 11 is: Achieve significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020.  The project provided a foundation for an unambiguous measured analysis of the urban environment and general quality of life of informal settlers in the National Capital Region of the Philippines. 

The barangay is the grassroots level of local government in the Philippines and is usually the scale at which shelter and urban development initiatives are located. A vital goal of the project was to embed the monitoring mechanisms into the local government machinery; making it not a one-time effort, but a cyclic process. The first cycle drew a specific figure of the current status of shelter and environment related issues, often inexistent at this level. This new data was immediately useful in targeting development priorities; while later on, it will also serve as a baseline for evaluating the success of policies and projects. Public dissemination of this data should also help in rendering local governments accountable to civil society. 

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October 2004 - 2005

SAFRAGEMC - Technical Assistance for Project Planning, Feasibility, and Fund Sourcing

ALTERPLAN provided technical assistance for project planning, feasibility, and fund sourcing to the San Francisco government employees multi-purpose cooperative (SAFRAGEMC) to implement the second stage of phased land development and house construction. The total land area targeted for complete site development in 2006 is 5.6 hectares, enough for 170 co-op members.  SAFRAGEMC is located in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

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October 2003 – January 2006

Management of a Low-Cost Housing Development in Quezon City for Sponsored Families of Children International

Providing project management from planning, construction, and documentation to distribution of subdivided titles to 85 low-income families. The development includes a community center and small commercial areas for family-run or cooperative-run businesses. 

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July 2005

Assessment Mission in Aceh Province, Indonesia

To assist in assessing the situation of post-tsunami and post-earthquake Aceh and Nias islands and, based on the assessment, to advise on the proposed housing and reconstruction plans. 

Organized by Rooftops Canada/Abri International for the Canadian Red Cross (CRC).

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February 2003 – January 2004

Monitoring of Habitat for Humanity-Philippines Medium-Rise Housing Project in Taguig

A consultancy service to assist Habitat in managing, periodically assessing and improving the compliance of the on-going development to the plans laid out as to schedule, budget, quality and social development aspects. The completed project will total 108 units in nine three-storey buildings.  Alterplan submitted its final report in early 2004. 

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January – June 2003

Documentation of Housing Project Development for Children International

A project to review the development process undertaken by Children International’s local sponsorship agency  to build 15 units in a pilot housing project, and to identify issues and opportunities for Children International’s long-term housing program in the Philippines.

September 1998 – March 2003

Housing Sub-project, Socio-Economic Development through Cooperatives in the Philippines (SEDCOP)

A four-year capability-building program of the National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO) offering assistance to selected affiliate cooperatives to bring their housing projects from conceptualization to close-out. Among other accomplishments of the project, the SEDCOP Housing sub-project contributed to bringing several NATCCO affiliates to land development after completing substantial technical and financial requirements. These affiliate coops included San Francisco Government Employees Multi-purpose Cooperative of Agusan del Sur with 70 units in Phase 1, and Perpetual Help Community Cooperative of Dumaguete City with 212 units.

March – May 2002

Feasibility Study for a Medium-Rise Building Project in Mandaluyong City for Habitat for Humanity Philippines

A project to look at affordability and acceptability of the proposed first multi-storey housing project of Habitat in the Philippines. 

August 2001 – February 2002

Pre-planning Activities for Parola Urban Poor Settlement Project

A project led by the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Special Concerns, to prepare community development strategies Parola in the City of Manila in consultation with local organizations, local government, and other stakeholders.

1996 – 2000

Organization and Registration of ALTERPLAN Multi-Purpose Cooperative

A cooperative offering credit and housing services within the area of Quezon City. 


Generation of Financial Statements for Feasibility Analysis of Housing Project in the City of Puerto Princesa

For Preferred Ventures Corp.


Capability-Building Activities for the Analysis of a Land Use Plan for Silang, Cavite

For the Institute for the Development of Education and Ecological Alternatives (IDEAS).


Facilitation for a Settlements Development Plan After Land Acquisition by Sinagtala Homeowners Association in Sitio Sinagtala, Barangay Bahay Toro, Project 8, Quezon City.

Facilitation for cooperative housing project. Technical assistance in coming up with a cooperative housing development scheme for the Tagbak Multi-purpose Cooperative (TAMUCO), encompassing organizational, financial and technical aspects.

Preparation of complete working drawings and feasibility study for a proposed 8-door apartment project in NUWHRAIN Village, Bo. Putatan, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, for NUWHRAIN Development Cooperative (NUWDECO).


Preliminary Design Studies for the Conrado Benitez Institute for Community Management in Nueva Ecija

For the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM).


Review of Module on Earthquake Resistant Structures

For Citizens Disaster Rehabilitation Center (CDRC).


Preparation of Studies for Projects Related to Settlements Planning and Housing in Cambodia



Preparation of a Community Development Plan to Facilitate the Implementation of a Proclamation Awarding Ownership of the Lots They Have Settled on to the Corazon de Jesus Homeowners Association in Pinaglabanan, San Juan, Metro Manila

Supported by the Share and Care Apostolate for Poor Settlers (SCAPS) of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.


Preliminary Design Studies for the Municipal Center of San Jose, Tarlac


Land Use Survey of lntramuros for the Integrated Development Alternatives (IDA)


Framework Planning Workshop;

Preparation of a Program Proposal for Framework Planning for NGOs and POs in the Cordillera

For the Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera (CDPC), supported by PRRM.


Development of Planning Guides for the Resettlement of Four Barrios in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija Affected by the July 1990 Earthquake



Problem Seeking Workshop;

Orientation on Land Rights (with the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center) and Housing Finance Options;

Planning Workshop for an Urban Poor Community in Apelo Cruz, Pasay City

Supported by SCAPS.


Problem-Solving Workshop;

Orientation on Housing for the Tambakan Neighborhood Association in Pasig, Metro Manila 

Supported by SCAPS.


Generation of Measures for the Rainy Season for a Newly-Resettled Community;

Community Planning for an Urban Poor Community in Cogeo, Rizal

Supported by the Foundation for People’s Concerns (FPC).


Problem-Seeking Workshop;

Orientation on Socio-Economic Services for MARALITA-PA in Taguig, Rizal

Supported by the Council for People’s Development (CPD).


Planning for the Construction of a Multi­Purpose Hall;

Development of a Housing Program for the SAWATA II Community in Navotas, Metro Manila

Supported by SCAPS.




IHS Refresher Course

For Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies Alumni. Funding provided by IHS.


NGO-PO Pre-Consultation for National Capital Region — People’s Forum for HABITAT II

With funding assistance from UNDP-AP2000.


Conference on Cooperative Housing Finance Mechanisms, VICTO, Cebu City

Funding provided by Rooftops-Canada.


Conference on Community Empowerment and People’s Banking of Poor and Low-income Sectors for Capital Formation in Housing Acquisition in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia

Served as resource persons and consultants. Organized by the UP College of Arts and Sciences Foundation - Manila Studies. Program Funding provided by the ASEAN-Canada Fund.


Visayas Conference on Cooperative Housing, Cebu City

Funding provided by CCA through NATCCO.


Luzon Unity Conference on Cooperative Housing, Baguio City

Funding provided by CCA through NATCCO.

Study Tours

February 2004 - March 2005

Upscaling Urban Poor Community Renewal Scheme

Management of the Study Tour and Community Exchange Sub-component of the project. For the Partnership for Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA) funded by the Japan Social Development Fund / World Bank. The sub-component brings together participants from NGOs, community associations, and local government units of the five participating cities to learn and observe from selected community upgrading projects in NCR and Cebu. 

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September 1998 – March 2003

Housing Sub-project, Socio-Economic Development through Cooperatives in the Philippines (SEDCOP)

ALTERPLAN organized visits by SEDCOP participants to pioneering coop housing initiatives such as the SLU-SVP project site in Baguio, as well as to other social housing sites such as the Habitat for Humanity project site in Dumaguete. These trips and exchanges were part of the capacity building program of SEDCOP Housing that ALTERPLAN undertook for the National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO). As part also of SEDCOP, ALTERPLAN coordinated with Rooftops-Canada and Terra Housing Consultants of British Columbia for two study visits to Canada for coop housing implementers in the NATCCO network. Participants in the study visits attended the Annual General Meeting of the Coop Housing Federation of Canada, and observed a number of housing coops and other non-profit housing in British Columbia and Toronto. 

1996 – 1998

Cooperative housing study tour

From 1996 to 1998, with the support of Rooftops-Canada, ALTERPLAN organized six study tours to the SLU-SVP Housing Cooperative in Baguio City, a pioneer housing cooperative and one of the most successful in the Philippines. The study tours were designed to contribute to the housing agenda of the various groups that participated in the tour by allowing them to experience and hear first-hand from SLU-SVP’s members the benefits, opportunities, and difficulties of the Baguio housing coop.

May 13-15, 1998

Study Tour 6.

This thematic tour was directed to a discussion of housing projects and their impact on the environment.

October 22-24, 1997

Study Tour 5. 

This thematic tour was directed to youth and young professionals. 26 Participants: 6 youth association members, 4 representatives from 2 NGOs, 12 coop representatives from the Visayas, 3 representatives from 2 government agencies, 1 representative from an academic institution. 

December 3-12, 1996

Study Tour 4.

This tour was designed as a Coop Housing Study Mission in the Philippines for INCODAP, a coop network in Indonesia. Twelve people came to participate in the mission. Aside from the trip to Baguio, INCODAP’s itinerary included visits to a coop network and a socialized housing developer in Cebu, and two housing finance agencies in Manila. 

September 5-8, 1996

Study Tour 3. 

13 Participants: 10 coop representatives from Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, 1 Muntinlupa LGU representative, 1 NGO representative from Luzon, 1 Rooftops-Canada representative.

May 3-5, 1996

Study Tour 2.

17 Participants: 10 coop representatives from Luzon and the Visayas, 2 NGO representatives, 4 representatives from government agencies, 1 representative from a community association in Luzon.

February 9-11, 1996

Study Tour 1.

25 Participants: 10 coop representatives from Luzon and the Visayas, 1 representative of a socialized housing developer, 8 representatives from 5 NGOs, 3 representatives from 2 government agencies, 1 representative from a news agency, 2 representatives from 1 community association in Luzon.


Past Projects-Training and Seminars

April 2006 - April 2007

Building Trades Training in Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao

ALTERPLAN recently completed this project on behalf of the Education and Employment Alliance (EEA) of the Philippine's based Consuelo Foundation.  Over nine months, participating youth aged 17-24 years learned everything from the basic civil trades to innovative building system techniques developed to improve housing affordability.  Having completed the training, these youth now form a pool of skilled workers with all of the required expertise to build a simple but adequate house.  Even more importantly, in addition to learning technical skills, participants learned life skills to aid them in rebuilding the social networks and support systems of communities destroyed by armed-conflict.

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July - August 2006

Capacity Building Seminars for Board Members and Partners of the National Saving and Homes Coop (NSHC), Cebu City

Sarah Redoblado, executive director of ALTERPLAN, was invited by NSHC to conduct seminars adressed at their board members, primary NGOs and housing coops. Other participating speakers for the second seminar were Prof. Elen Mantalaba of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines - College of Cooperatives to deliver the financing topic; and, Judge Ruben Corpuz, a pioneer member of the SLU-SVP housing cooperative, for the legal aspects. After the series, NSHC’s officers and directors shall have an appreciation of specialized knowledge and skills in housing, which will enable them to enhance the governance and performance of NSHC

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January 2007

Forum of the Framework-Building for Investigation of Local Government Settlement Planning Responses to Disaster Mitigation Project

Four speakers invited by ALTERPLAN were invited at this forum adressed to LGU officials and NGO members. The project aims to eventually build a theoretical framework for the investigation of settlement planning measures by local governments that address the occurrence of "natural disasters" resulting in great loss of life. The project springs from ALTERPLAN’s interest in the livability of settlements, which should include a reasonable degree of safety from naturally occurring phenomena such as landslides, flooding, earthquakes, and volcanic activities.

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November - December 2006

Facilitating Youth Employability In Housing, Guimarras

This project was initiated with funding from the International Labor Organization (ILO) which were interested in the strategy used by ALTERPLAN and Habitat for Humanity - Philippines in the "Building Trades Training in Conflict-Affected Regions of Mindanao." The island of Guimarras, in the Visayas had recently suffered from a major oil spill affecting strongly its coasts and its fishing industry.

The target population of this construction training project was constituted of out-of-school, unemployed, un-qualified youth between the ages of 17-30 years old. The majority of them coming from the coastal municipalities that were most affected by the disaster. 50 participants were selected for academic and practical training on the neighbouring island of Cebu were Habitat for Humanity was building a number of houses. At the end of the project, these young builders pass the TESDA competences test and are already considered skilled workers in the construction industry.

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October - December 2005

Resource Speaker for LGU Officials and Cooperative Practitioners

In the last quarter of 2005, Sarah Redoblado was a resource speaker at trainings organized for local government officials, and at a post-baccalaureate course for cooperative practitioners. The trainings for local government officials were organized by the City Development Strategies project of the League of Cities of the Philippines, and by the Local Government Finance and Development Project for Project Packaging Workshops. The post-baccalaureate lecture at the PUP-Institute of Cooperatives focused on cooperative housing.


Discussion of Housing Project Development and Implementation Management: A Private Sector Perspective and Experience

For the Regional Task Force on Housing of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).


Conduct of Cooperative Housing Orientation Seminars

For the Habitat-Las Piñas affiliate project in Antique, and for the Bayanihan sa Kuanlaran Housing Cooperative.


Conduct of Gender Sensitivity and Mainstreaming Workshops

For the Muntinlupa Development Foundation and for various urban poor groups in Quezon City. The workshops focused on gender in relation to housing and land administration concerns.

September 1998 – March 2003

Housing Sub-project, Socio-Economic Development through Cooperatives in the Philippines (SEDCOP)

A four-year capacity-building project of the National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO), supported by CIDA, the Canadian Co-operative Association, and Desjardins Internationale Developpement. The project enabled various NATCCO affiliates to develop Housing Project Officers who would be tasked to move their housing projects forward, benefiting from knowledge and skills imparted by the SEDCOP Housing sub-project managed by ALTERPLAN for NATCCO. 

April – July 2000

Development of a Training-Workshop Module for Gender-Sensitive Design

Supported by Rooftops-Canada.

February – July 2000

Training Needs Analysis for NGOs and POs Involved in Local Development Planning

Supported by the Urban Research Consortium (URC).

March 1998    

Youth/Young Professionals Workshop-Seminar

UP Los Banos, Laguna, supported by the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR).

April 1998

Workshop/Symposium on Building Alternative Connections: Trails and Greenways

Environment Education Center, Miriam College.

October 1997

Regional Workshop on Low-cost Housing and Community Participation in Construction, Cebu City

April 1997

Women in Housing Summer Camp, Baguio City

Supported by Rooftops-Canada.

October 1996

Seminar Workshop on Cooperative Housing 

For VICTO member cooperatives based in Mactan Export Processing Zone, Lapu-lapu City.

March 1996

Cooperative Housing - Staff Development Seminar 

For the Foundation for Development Alternatives.

February 1996

Seminar-Workshop on Cooperative Housing and Livelihood


September 1995               

Seminar Workshop on Cooperative Housing 



Orientation on Cooperative Housing for NGO workers in the Southern Tagalog Region for ASTRADEV


Development of modules on Environmental Scanning and Rapid Appraisal, Land Use Planning, and The Role of Citizens’ Participation in Planning 

For the Specialized Course on Decentralized Planning and Local Government Finance of the Department of Interior and Local Government - Region IV.


Orientation on Cooperatives and Cooperative Housing 

For Selected Home Insurance Guaranty Corp. (HIGC) Staff.


Orientation on Cooperative Housing in the Philippines

Supported by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and the Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor (PCUP).


Orientation on Cooperative Housing for beneficiaries of Project Exodus

Supported by the Foundation for Development Alternatives (FDA).


Orientation on Comprehensive Planning for BATARIS members

Supported by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM).


Housing Cooperative Organizers Training Course

Camp Gonzales, Novaliches, Quezon City, Supported by the Philippine-Canadian Human Resource Development Program (PCHRD).


Training Needs Assessment for Cooperative Housing

Sacred Heart Novitiate, Novaliches, Quezon City, supported by PCHRD.


Cooperative Housing Orientation for Media Workers (KAMMPI)

Supported by Cooperative Foundation Philippines, Inc. (CFPI).


Cooperative Housing Orientation for Selected National Housing Authority (NHA) Staff

Supported by CFPI.


Orientation on Construction Management for Pabahay-NGO members

Supported by FDA.


Training on Physical Planning for PRRM staff

Supported by PRRM.


Orientation on cooperative housing for Agvika

A community association in Quezon City, supported by FDA.


Staff development: Orientation on cooperative housing

For FDA.