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LinkBuild, TAMPEI, HPFPI lead off STDM Training in 2 Cities

In 2013, TAMPEI and HPFPI, together with UN-Habitat and Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), organised the first Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) learning event in the Philippines. STDM is a software developed by GLTN as a data gathering tool for comprehensive mapping of communities, especially informal settlements. Seeing that the use of STDM will benefit communities in managing their own database information, the two Philippine Alliance institutions planned the implementation of STDM activities in selected cities in Metro Manila that are carrying out mapping activities. 

In September 2015, LinkBuild (LB), having the financial and project management capacity and experience required by United Nations Office for Projects Services (UNOPS) for its grant support, began its involvement in the implementation of STDM in the Philippines. LB, TAMPEI and HPFPI had talks with its partners - the UN-Habitat, GLTN, and the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines-National Capital Region (GEP-NCR) for the implementation of the improved STDM. GEP - NCR was commissioned to contribute to in-country capacity enhancement, together with the Young Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines (YGEP) unit, Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines University of the Philippines (UP) and FEATI University. 

Two cities were selected as pilot areas for STDM implementation: (1) in Valenzuela City where HPFPI has conducted intensive citywide mapping, profiling and household survey of informal settlements and (2) in Muntinlupa City where TAMPEI and HPFPI have completed mapping activities in four barangays of District II – Sucat, Alabang, Cupang and Buli – under the World Bank Citywide Community Upgrading Strategy project. Data generated from these mapping activities is now ready for encoding, digitizing and validation under STDM. Meanwhile, to complete the citywide approach in Muntinlupa, mapping activities in four barangays of District I – Putatan, Tunasan, Poblacion and Bayanan – will be the undertaken under STDM. 

As prelude to the activities in the cities of Valenzuela and Muntinlupa, three sets of training were held as review and update of the previous STDM processes. The first one was a Trainers’ Training in UP Diliman, Quezon City held last January 26-28 with the goal of introducing the improved tool to around 40 participants from the following institutions: GEP-NCR, Young Surveyors Network (YSN), UPDGE, FEATI University, Philippine Alliance: TAMPEI, HPFPI, LinkBuild, Inc., and Philippine Action for Community-led Shelter Initiatives, Inc., and community and local government unit representatives from Muntinlupa and  Valenzuela. UN-Habitat and GLTN served as facilitators of this training. 

Technical working groups were then created by the end of the training. LinkBuild was (1) assigned as part of the advisory committee throughout the process implementation and (2) in charge of reporting to GLTN on behalf of Philippine Alliance. TAMPEI and HPFPI were assigned as project facilitators, to be assisted by the community center especially at the initial stage of the project by introducing them to the local community and its leaders. GLTN on the other hand was tasked to provide guidance for the overall process of the project. Technical partners, including the academe, were assigned to provide maps, as well as analysis of all data gathered. 

This was followed by a two-day City-level Training in Muntinlupa last April 19-20. This time, the training aimed to transfer the skills and knowledge of STDM to community members and barangay encoders. The training was attended by the City Planning, Urban Poor Affairs Office, and barangay representatives from Sucat, Bayanan, Buli, Poblacion, Tunasan, and Bayanan.  

The third was an Enhancement Training meant to further develop mastery of skills on the use of STDM. Participants mostly consist of barangay encoders. The two-week enhancement training ran from May 31 to June 9, 2016 at the Muntinlupa Development Foundation Office. 

Another training, a National-level Training, is scheduled on July 5-7 in Bulacan. It will be attended by regional delegates from Iloilo, Cebu and Davao.  


Philippine Alliance up-to-date accomplishments  

To strengthen the program in implementing the project, the Philippine Alliance sought support and partnership with the University of the Philippines Department of Geodetic Engineering (UPDGE) -represented by its Diliman Chancellor, Dr Michael L. Tan. A draft of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been forwarded and was signed by all parties in April 2016. 

For other activities and events, the STDM learning center in Muntinlupa has been established and the digitization and analysis of mapped data has begun last March. Moreover, as part of the new mapping process, a courtesy call to the officials was arranged with each barangay. This was to formally introduce STDM as part of the continuation of Citywide Development Approach (CDA) in Muntinlupa.  

Results of the CDA, such as community maps and profiles, were presented to aid in giving an overview of the project and its importance in mapping informal settlements. Emphasised in the dialogues was the selection of Muntinlupa City as a location of pilot implementation of STDM in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific Region. The officials accordingly expressed their support to STDM by pledging to provide logistical support such as a venue, sound system and food for activities like barangay assemblies and mapping trainings. [May 2016] *for more updates >>