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LOS AMIGOS Core Housing Project

Los Amigos Relocation Site, Brgy. Los Amigos, Davao City | Completed [September 2015]


The ‘Los Amigos Housing Project’ consists of 46 core housing units for families moved to an in-city socialised housing resettlement site of the City Government of Davao. These families are able to avail of plots in the relocation site as part of the City Government's program to provide secure tenure to informal settlers in the city who live on private land, along roadsides and coastal areas, as well as in other high-risk areas.    

The project was managed by the Homeless People's Federation Philippines Inc. (HPFPI) under a service contract with LinkBuild. In a similar contractual arrangement, technical assistance and construction management were provided by the Technical Assistance Movement for People and Environment, Inc. (TAMPEI).  


The design of the housing unit consists of a basic single detached core, with 1 bedroom, toilet and bathroom, as well as provision for a kitchen.  The main building material used is the load-bearing ICEB, which does not need plastering and is lower in cost than reinforced concrete. The unit is structurally designed to carry a second floor. Likewise, it is also designed to expand horizontally. The floor area is 20 square meters and roofing is made of corrugated galvanised iron. For sanitation, a low-cost, easy-to-install plastic septic tank system - i.e. the Plastic Purifying Septic Tank - was used to lower the cost to a third of the conventional two-chamber R.C. septic tank system.