Participatory Research on Access to Basic Services and Vulnerability to Natural Disasters of Urban Poor Communities

The well-being of urban poor and their prospects for moving out of a life of poverty depend largely on their access to livelihood opportunities and basic services. Access to basic services, meanwhile, go beyond the availability of infrastructure and facilities. Access is also facilitated, or limited, by factors such as affordability and quality of services. Living with poor housing conditions in hazard-prone areas, the poor often find themselves victims of natural disasters. With the loss of livelihoods and assets and assets they have gained over time, and given their limited capacities to recover to begin with, such occurrences tend to make it more difficult for the poor to achieve better living conditions. 

This research study sought to understand the accessibility to basic services of the urban poor and their vulnerability to disasters. It was undertaken as a collaborative work between the Institute of Philippine Culture and the Foundation for the Development of the Urban Poor and its partner community associations in Metro Manila and Caloocan City. 

Project Director: 

Lorraine S. Mangaser

Project No.: 

308

Funding Agency: 

Foundation for the Development of Urban Poor

Year Completed: 

2011
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