Community led housing design in Munting Nayon
Muntinlupa City, Philippines
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Location:
Muntinlupa City, Philippines
Category:
housing
Phase:
construction preparation
Updated:
26 August 2021
The community wanted to conduct a participatory housing design workshop and processes to give more inputs and consider their design options. Some community aspiration is maximizing parking space on the lower floor and living space on the upper floors and development in terms of shared living space, open spaces and spaces, housework, and other activities. The process also seeks the finalization of housing design for permits and in preparation for housing construction. 
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Introduction
The community organization's name is the Samahang Magkakapitbahay ng Munting Nayon, located in Muntinlupa City, Philippines. The organization has a 164 total population with 33 bonafide member families and currently occupying the lot containing 1,000 square meters. The people started living in the area in 1975, and most of the members lived in different places outside the city. There are currently 30 houses in the property with a mixed number of floors ranging from 1-3 floor levels, and most of the structures are light to semi-concrete materials. The organization acquired the property through direct purchase with Interim financing-a Local Government program through the Urban Poors Affairs Office. The said financing will be payable for five years, and the community is now in its fourth year and will complete the repayment in 2022. The community members are currently saving for and preparing for housing development and construction. The project type is onsite redevelopment. The City Government of Muntinlupa already approved the site development plan, and each beneficiary will have a 28 square meter plot.  The community wants to conduct a participatory housing design workshop and processes to give more inputs and consider their design options and aspirations.
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Impact
The design development phase will be the step for the community to reach their dream community. Technical professionals will facilitate capacity-building activities for the community members to fully understand the housing development process and the laws that need to consider. The complete participation of the members in the series of workshops and learning is enough to produce meaningful inputs to the overall development. 
In terms of organizing, the community will strengthen their savings initiative and managing their funds. Aside from the 100% community members who have savings for their land in which they are currently paying through interim financing, 100% of the families will continue saving for their housing development. This process further expands the community's capacity to conduct participatory processes and empower other communities that need support in terms of decision-making and project planning. 
This initiative will document as a best practice where 186 urban poor communities and settlements in Muntinlupa City can benefit from this approach, especially communities living in private lands aiming to acquire the lot and develop housing projects onsite.
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In 2016, the Samahang Magkakapitbahay ng Munting Nayon was one of the communities mapped during the CityWide mapping in Muntinlupa City to identify and map informal settlements and their upgrading needs. TAMPEI facilitated the mapping approach. In early 2020, TAMPEI organized a learning workshop through Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programs and invited some technical professionals such as architects to contribute to developing one of the target communities - in this case, the Munting Nayon. The participants came up with conceptual plans and initial inputs. The community representatives decided to conduct a complete housing design workshop in their community, eyeing TAMPEI as the technical support. Early in 2021, TAMPEI partnered with an International University to support poor urban communities in Metro Manila. The Munting Nayon community was one of the target People Organization that will undergo series of workshop supporting their design development phase. Another CPD workshop under the partnership was held, and one of the outputs is the list of identified committed professionals to assist in the community workshops for five target communities. 
Apart from the identified technical professionals (architects and engineers), TAMPEI also leads the process with the president of the Munting Nayon Community, supported by the Homeless Peoples Federation Philippines Muntinlupa team.
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Where are we now
The Technical Assistance Movement for People and Environment Incorporated (TAMPEI) is a movement of technical professionals advocating people's participation and community-led processes. TAMPEI's mission is to capacitate community members by providing technical support on settlements development. Aside from the TAMPEI team, the organization already identified some support groups that will help to facilitate the workshops and other needed interventions. TAMPEI has an existing partnership with academe and other professional organizations. TAMPEI also belongs under the umbrella of the Philippine Alliance where there are five Non-Government Organizations with the advocacy of helping the urban poor.
An indication of our team’s capacity:
50% expertise already found
Finance: € 9,015
The result of this initiative will help the community in accessing technical services that would support their upgrading and project needs. It will also boost their confidence in decision making and all their needs and aspirations will be considered.  
It will be an avenue to the technical people and other people organization who will help in organizing and technical assistance and promotes participatory processes and knowledge sharing. Also, to subsidize the cost of community repayment for land and to give enough time for them to save for their housing construction.
  • Technical workshops, pre construction
15
  • Project development
1,500
  • Permits and Licenses
7,500
Skills: Design, Planning & Management, Financial advice
The need for funding to support the initiative of the community is a big help since the community is prioritizing the repayment for their land. In order to reduce the cost for their development, the assistance for technical services is a relief for the community to reduce the fees they are paying. Additionally, the current pandemic situation gave them difficulty, especially since their area is dense and poses health risks. The technical assistance on housing design and development will move them forward to the next step which is the implementation of housing construction. The contribution of the stakeholders to the design is a great benefit to achieve safe and decent housing for the community.
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