The proposed pre-design for the permanent houses offers a solution to the multiple prerequisites, formulated by the framework for Caritas Switzerland’s projects in the Philippines, the guidelines of back-donors, especially of Swiss-Solidarity and recommendations of the Shelter Cluster. In addition, it is coherent with the Sphere Standards and the National Building Code and Structural Code of the Philippines.

The work is based an the findings of an interdisciplinary assessment conducted in September and October 2014 with the aim to find potential locations for future housing interventions, to propose an appropriate shelter design, to propose a suitable implementation approach, to present answers to land issues and to propose how to include repair components.

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