SDI’s Philippine Alliance participates in the Philippine Urban Forum

by James Tayler

The first Philippine Urban Forum, organised by the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), was an exceptional platform that brought together various stakeholders to discuss pressing issues related to urban development in the Philippines. The event was held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. One of the notable participants in this forum was the Philippine Alliance, which comprised of Technical Assistance Movement for People and Environment. Inc. (TAMPEI), Philippine Action for Community-Led Shelter Initiatives, Inc. (PACSII), and Homeless Peoples’ Federation Philippines, Inc. (HPFPI) and Linkbuild Inc

The Philippine Alliance played a crucial role as a member of the steering committee, contributing their expertise and experience in advocating for sustainable and inclusive urban development. Their involvement ensured that the forum’s discussions and outcomes remained focused on addressing the needs and concerns of marginalised communities, particularly those affected by housing challenges.

Throughout the forum, the Philippine Alliance and their partner NGOs (Joly Homes Foundation, Foundation for the Development of the Urban Poor, Community Organisers Multiversity, CSOs and POs showcased their commitment to community-led initiatives, empowering residents to actively participate in shaping their own neighbourhoods. Their emphasis on promoting community participation and mobilisation highlighted the importance of grassroots efforts in driving positive change within urban areas. By sharing their successes, challenges, and best practices, they inspired other participants to adopt similar approaches in their respective projects and advocacies.

The members of the Philippine Alliance demonstrated not only their technical knowledge but also their deep understanding of the social dynamics that underpin urban development. They recognised the significance of building relationships, fostering trust, and promoting dialogue between different stakeholders – from government officials to community leaders and residents. Their patient and friendly approach helped ease tensions and fostered a collaborative atmosphere during the forum, enabling meaningful conversations and the exchange of ideas.

One of the notable contributions of the Philippine Alliance was their focus on sustainable practices, including the use of alternative building materials for environmental conservation. By incorporating these aspects into their initiatives, they showcased how urban development can coexist with nature, preserving green spaces and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Their advocacy for sustainable living resonated strongly with attendees, prompting discussions on the integration of eco-friendly solutions into urban planning and design.

The First Philippine Urban Forum proved to be a significant milestone in the country’s pursuit of inclusive and sustainable urban development. And the contribution of the Philippine Alliance, as a member of the steering committee, was instrumental in ensuring that the voices of marginalised communities were heard and their needs were given due consideration. Through their helpful, gentle, patient, and friendly approach, they fostered a spirit of collaboration, inspiring other participants to work towards a more equitable and prosperous urban future for all Filipinos.