The housing situation in the PHILIPPINES is characterized by a growing population, a disorganized land market and a much-layered land tenure system. This translates to a lack of affordable housing that reduces the living standard of the poor and contributes to the growth of informal settlements, also known as squatter settlements.
In places such as squatter settlements where there is uncertain legal status of the land, urban infrastructure is weak or non-existent because local authorities are unwilling or unable to make adequate capital investments. As of 2002, the percentage of households that remain without access to safe water supply, sanitary toilet facilities, or secure tenure continues to hover at 20% of the total number of households nationwide. Water authorities, for instance, refuse to extend water networks to housing areas where legal status is uncertain.
This leaves residents with the burden of getting water from a considerable distance or from a delivery service at a higher price than piped water.
Shortages of affordable housing also constrain gainful employment when people have to travel a long distance to their place of employment. High public transport costs to less expensive residences in the suburbs eat up major portions of already inadequate earnings, pushing low-paid workers to set up makeshift housing within the city limits. Such provisional housing often becomes part of permanent, poorly-serviced settlements.
With a poverty rate of more than 28% in a population of 84 million, providing affordable housing in livable environments will remain a challenge for years to come.
SARAH REDOBLADO, Architect
NICASIO DE ROSAS
Project Management Consultant
MA. CHERYL PRUDENTE
Administrative and Finance Officer
MARILYN "MARIE" PAZ
Research and Training Assistant
Board of Directors
PROF. ERNESTO SEROTE, chairperson of the board
A planner, author and Associate Professor of the University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning.
An architect and ALTERPLAN’s current Executive Director
ATTY. MARVIC LEONEN
Vice President for Legal Affairs of the University of the Philippines, advocate of the environment and indigenous communities
MA. ESPERANZA VALENCIA
An architect - builder and pioneer of ALTERPLAN
MA. CECILIA GENZOLA
A life-long social development worker and former Executive Director of the Muntinlupa Development Foundation
ANNA MA. GONZALES
An architect - planner, poet, current Executive Director of the Consuelo "Chito" Madrigal Foundation and former Executive Director of ALTERPLAN