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13/06/2011: PH Housing Agency Forges Agreement with Cities Alliance on Slum Upgrading

Shown in the photo above are, from left to right, HUDCC Undersecretary Cecilia Alba, Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Philippine Vice President and HUDCC Chairman Jejomar C. Binay, Program Manager of the Cities Alliance William John Cobbett, Director Zoubida Allaoua and Philippines Country Program Coordinator Lada Strelkova

13 JUNE 2011, WASHINGTON DC. In ceremonies held at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., Philippine Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Chairman Jejomar C. Binay signed yesterday a grant agreement that would develop a National Slum Upgrading Strategy (NSUS) to guide the Philippine government and local government units in the preparation and implementation of effective policies and programs on slum upgrading.

The grant is provided by Cities Alliance, a global coalition of cities and their development partners committed to sharing successful approaches to slum upgrading, city development strategies, and poverty reduction.  The grant is in the amount of US$455,000 and will be sourced from the Cities Alliance Multi-donor Trust Fund, which is administered by the World Bank.  The grant will be executed by HUDCC, in partnership with the Homeless People’s Federation Philippines, the Philippine Action for Community Led Shelter Initiatives, and the World Bank.

The NSUS is expected to contribute to improved local governance and local economic development. The strategy will help LGUs identify policy and program options for local slum upgrading that should be integrated into the local planning documents such as the Comprehensive Land Use Plans, Comprehensive Development Plans, and Local Shelter Plans.

Signing on behalf of the World Bank was Director Zoubida Allaoua.  The ceremony was also witnessed by Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., HUDCC Undersecretary Cecilia Alba; Mr. William John Cobbett, Program Manager of the Cities Alliance; Ms. Lada Strelkova, Philippines Country Program Coordinator; and Mr. Christopher Pablo, Task Team Leader of the project.  END