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The Philippines

Programs and Partners

The Philippines has a rapidly expanding population of 91 million – more than 28% are considered poor. The capital, Manila, is the most densely populated city in the world. 35% of Manila’s 15 million inhabitants live in slums, many without access to water, sanitation, housing, education or health care.

Since the early 1990s, Rooftops Canada has been working with Alternative Planning Initiatives, or Alterplan. Alterplan partners with community organizations, NGOs and local governments to strengthen their capacities to upgrade housing and neighborhood facilities, and to attain land tenure.
Rooftops Canada supports Alterplan’s work through technical assistance, internships, study tours and funding for conferences, project development and research. Alterplan has hosted eight Rooftops Canada Interns who helped with project planning, the development of research and evaluation technologies, and support to advocacy initiatives such as brochures and websites.
Rooftops Canada partner National Savings and Homes Cooperative (NSHC) in Cebu City promotes cooperatives and offers affordable housing to homeless people and members of other special-needs groups. Working with NSHC, Rooftops Canada Interns aim to reduce architectural barriers to access by designing houses that are usable by anyone, regardless of age or ability. 
Related Links
Cooperatives: Making a Real Difference in the Philippines [February 2007]
Building Houses for Persons with Disabilities in the Philippines [April 2008]

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