July 2019 – December 2021

The IDP initiative: Towards inclusive, democratic, and productive settlements in Marawi and Iligan, a partnership with DIB (Danish International Human Settlement Service), ICESDev (an Iligan-based NGO), PHILSSA (a national network of urban-based NGOs), and Lombay Ka Marawi (an organization of Marawi internally displaced persons), for the rehabilitation of Marawi IDPs. Supported by the Civil Society Fund of Denmark.

March – August 2019

Beyond fight-or-flight: Amplifying the role of IDPs in the reconstruction of Marawi, a partnershipProject Design with DIB, ICESDev, and PHILSSA to strengthen and prepare Lombay Ka Marawi for a leading role in an equitable and inclusive rehabilitation of Marawi City. Supported by the Civil Society Fund of Denmark.

August 2016 – July 2017

Urban disaster preparedness, response and resilience, in consortium with the Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA) and eight other member-NGOs of PHILSSA. Supported by the START Network, with Oxfam GB as lead, the project sharpened the understanding and strategies of PHILSSA for urban disaster. ALTERPLAN was the lead NGO for the project consortium.

January 2015 – December 2017

Promoting disaster risk-sensitive shelter planning in selected Philippine cities and towns, the third phase of cooperation with DIB and The Project Fund of Denmark in building capacities of civil society to participate meaningfully in governance and delivery of housing services. This project was preceded by a preparatory phase in April – December 2014, Strengthening Partnership Structures for Disaster Risk Sensitive Shelter Planning, which laid the groundwork for a wider application of the participatory planning process developed for shelter planning at the barangay level.

December 2014 – December 2015

Participatory shelter development programming for the Sixth Congressional District of Quezon City, undertaken with support from The World Bank, sought to equip and strengthen the collaboration of government and non-government stakeholders for the participatory formulation of an action plan to respond to the shelter needs of informal settlers in the District.

March 2014

Design and Facilitation of Planning Workshop for TAPDICO. Training and technical assistance supported by the Canadian Cooperative Association to help the members of Tacloban Persons with Disability Cooperative prepare the basic organizational policies and technical plans to initiate a cooperative housing program.

March 2013

Special Training on People’s Planning. One-day basic training for DILG-NCR directors and staff on the concepts of people’s plans.

July 2011 – March 2013

Enabling civil society participation in shelter program formulation to address flooding risk in Legazpi City, the second phase of cooperation with DIB (Danish International Human Settlement Service), COPE Foundation, Legazpi City Slumdwellers Federation Inc. and the local government of Legazpi City to strengthen local governance for more effective shelter provision. ALTERPLAN obtained additional resources for October – December 2012 from the Civil Society Participation Fund of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to replicate risk-sensitive shelter planning methodology in Barangay Rawis and neighboring barangays along Yawa River, outside of the DIB project pilot barangays.

April 2009 – September 2010

Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction with Development Planning in the Philippines, a project implemented in partnership with DIB and COPE Foundation, with support from the Miniproject Fund of DANIDA. The project sought to build the capacity of community-based organizations and NGOs to engage in the preparation of Legazpi City’s Shelter Plan.

July 2007 - June 2008

Building on OSY Training for Enhanced Job Security and Professionalization of the Construction Sector, phase 2 of ALTERPLAN’s out-of-school youth training project with Consuelo Foundation’s support. The project extension continued to provide quality training and links to employment for out-of-school youth in Mindanao, as well as in Bicol Region. For the first time in ALTERPLAN’s training project, female trainees were provided for in the course design.

November - December 2006

Facilitating Youth Employability in Housing, Guimaras Province, initiated with funding from the International Labor Organization (ILO) which was interested in the strategy used by ALTERPLAN and Habitat for Humanity - Philippines in the "Building Trades Training in Conflict-Affected Regions of Mindanao." The participants of the training project were 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 a major oil spill affecting its coasts and its fishing industry.

April 2006 - April 2007

Building Trades Training in Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao, completed on behalf of the Education and Employment Alliance (EEA) of the 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.

April 2006 - March 2007

Local Government Barangay Level Monitoring System Development: Measuring Target 11 of the Millennium Development Goals, initiated with a grant from the European Union-Philippines Small Projects Facility. The project adapted the design and promoted 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.

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 design and conduct seminars adressed to board members of primary NGOs and housing coops. Other participating speakers 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.

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).

2003 – 2004

Conduct of Cooperative Housing Orientation Seminars, for the Habitat-Las Piñas affiliate project in Antique, and for the Bayanihan sa Kaunlaran 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.

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 for VICTO

September 1995

Seminar Workshop on Cooperative Housing for MASS-SPECC


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)


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

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

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, MM, 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 Ill Community in Navotas, MM, supported by SCAPS



Cooperative Housing Learning Series for 2008 a joint activity with the National Savings and Homes Cooperative. The first activity was the Seminar-Workshop on Finance Generation for Cooperative Housing that will be held in Tagbilaran City, Bohol Province on June 26 to 28. The Learning Series aims to provide unique opportunities for participants to exchange ideas, share experiences, and gain relevant knowledge that could contribute to the improved governance of housing cooperatives and other self-help organizations with housing projects.

January – December 2004

Study Tour Component of the PHILSSA – WB Community Upgrading Project, awarded to Alterplan in consortium with STRIDES Inc. and the Institute for Popular Culture of the Ateneo de Manila University. The study tour brings together for peer discussion and information exchange 50 project participants from five selected community upgrading sites.

1996 – 1998


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 more 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 experiencing and hearing from SLU-SVP’s members themselves the benefits, opportunities, and difficulties of the Baguio housing coop.

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

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

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

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.

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

May 13-15, 1998

Study Tour 6. This thematic tour was directed to a discussion of housing projects and their impact on the environment.

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