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Type: Conference paper
Title: Thriving in the slums: progressive development and empowerment of the urban poor to achieve secure tenure in the Philippines
Author: Malaque, I.
Bartsch, K.
Scriver, P.
Citation: Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference: Design to Thrive (PLEA 2017), 2017 / Brotas, L., Roaf, S., Nicol, F. (ed./s), vol.3, pp.4819-4826
Publisher: NCEUB
Publisher Place: Edinburgh, UK
Issue Date: 2017
Series/Report no.: PLEA2017 proceedings; 3
ISBN: 9780992895754
Conference Name: 33rd PLEA International Conference: Design to Thrive (03 Jul 2017 - 05 Jul 2017 : Edinburgh, UK)
Statement of
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Isidoro Malaque III, Katharine Bartsch and Peter Scriver
Abstract: Thriving cities are characterized by vigorous growth and concepts of flourishing, healthy communities. However, these concepts are not immediately connected with the living conditions in squatter settlements in developing countries. With a rapidly increasing urban population, slum dwellers in developing countries continue to occupy a vulnerable position in urban areas with fear of eviction and displacement from their livelihood. Acknowledging a range of approaches to house slum dwellers, including problematic efforts to relocate inhabitants from a squatter settlement to a regular housing market in a single step, this paper examines the circumstances which enabled squatter settlers to achieve legal tenure and to build homes, incrementally, that are eventually compliant with the building codes. Based on detailed physical analysis of individual homes and interviews with householders, this paper presents the findings of a comprehensive study of slum settlements in Davao City, Philippines. The progressive development of urban settlements is analysed in the context of Filipino pro-people policies, which have prioritised the rights of the urban poor and empowered them to build low income housing, enabling them to develop sustainable, secure, thriving urban settlements which are the foundation for a better future.
Keywords: Housing policy; Phiippines; progressive development; secure tenure; urban poor
Rights: © The author(s)
RMID: 0030094656
Published version: http://www.plea2017.net/
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