The latest issue of the YP E-Newsletter is now available. This issue covers October to December activities of TAO-Pilipinas. Included in this latest issue is the TDH Germany funded sustainable shelter assistance project for 40 households in Manicani Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar. The article discusses the progress happening in the project and recent updates. Also included in the newsletter is an article about the house design made by TAO-Pilipinas for Enfants du Mekong under the Fondation de France’s Post Haiyan Reconstruction Project. Aside from the main articles, network activities involving TAO-Pilipinas are also featured such as the community kitchen conducted by Buklod Tao, TDH Partners’ Meeting in Cebu, and the launching of Missed Again Report in AIM Makati City. Our YP Reflection is written by one of the CRS (Catholic Relief Services) volunteers, Junly Lucero, who talked about his experiences working with CRS and TAO-Pilipinas during the Community Action Planning workshop last summer. Announcements about the YP Internship and Christmas gift-giving activity is also featured in this latest issue.
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The latest issue of the YP ENewsletter is now available for download. In this issue, the first TAO Forum on Sustainable Communities was featured together with the article of our former YP intern, Shareen Elnaschie, about their research project on Vitas Katuparan. Other articles found in this August-September 2014 issue are the shelter assistance for Manicani Island, project monitoring for post-Haiyan reconstruction, the community facilities designed by HDM Lund student, Frida Blomqvist, for Masagana, and her reflections on what it’s like to design for urban poor communities. A call for internship as well as an upcoming notice for our fundraising campaign for our annual Christmas gift-giving is featured in our announcements section. Regular sections such as our network activities and book reviews are still found in this latest issue.
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Forum and exhibit focus on post-disaster rehabilitation; DILG Office of Usec. Fernandez co-hosts forum
TAO-Pilipinas recently launched an annual forum with community and network partners on its anniversary month. Last August 29, coinciding with the celebration of its 13th founding anniversary, TAO held the first Forum on Sustainable Communities at the 8th floor multi-purpose hall of the DILG-NAPOLCOM Building in Quezon City. The forum is intended to become an annual event organized by TAO around issues on sustainable human settlements.
For the maiden forum, the theme focused on post-disaster rehabilitation. In light of post-Yolanda recovery and reconstruction efforts that the government and various organizations are currently involved in, the forum aimed to provide a venue to introduce these initiatives, share lessons and facilitate conversation to push for the creation of sustainable communities in post-disaster rehabilitation work.
The roster of forum speakers was led by Fr. Jorge Anzorena who talked about community responses to disaster after the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. In his presentation Fr. Anzorena emphasized community participation in decision-making, resolving land-related problems, and establishing income or livelihood support along with temporary housing for people to recover from disasters. He also stressed important community actions such as initiating response without waiting for government help, building alliances and planning for the future.
TAO Pilipinas’ community and network partners listen to speakers’ presentations at the forum
The significance of community participation was built on by Architect Arlene Lusterio who followed with a presentation on the community action planning process undertaken by TAO-Pilipinas in Tacloban City. Continue reading