Housing in Metro Davao - An Assessment of Demand and Provision for the Lower Income Sectors

Code:    03-030
Date:    12/06/2003 - 12/06/2004

This research project assessed the factors affecting the demand and provision of housing for the lower income sectors SANPASADA (Sta. Cruz in Davaol Del Sur, Panabo City, Island Garden City of Samal, and Davao City). A significant proportion of the population of the Local Government Units (LGUs) in the area lives in informal and illegal housing, many of them in danger zones.  This problem stems from growing numbers of informal settlers, lack of employment opportunities, and inadequate income of residents/settlers.

Contributory to the increasing population in the area are rural to urban migration brought partly by peace and order issues in the hinterlands; lack of reproductive health services among informal settlers; and unmanaged family size of the poor.

The study points out the SANPASADA housing problems must not only deal with infrastructure interventions, but also how to manage population growth.  Otherwise, the cycle of poverty will continuously produce more homeless and needy informal settlers that cash-strapped LGUs cannot support.

This project surfaced the expressed need of the SANPASADA LGUs to create or activate their local housing boards; reduce rural to urban migration by increasing rural development programs; provide appropriate livelihood and basic services to all socialized housing programs and projects; and consider Regulated Informal Community Housing (RICH), a transitional housing concept, completed with self-help housing.