FROM PAYATAS TO NATIONWIDE
WHEN AND WHERE WAS HPFPI ESTABLISHED?
The work of HPFPI started in the 1990s with the creation of savings groups
to address basic needs among waste-pickers living on a garbage dump site in
the barangay (neighbourhood) of Payatas, in Quezon City, Metro Manila. The
programme evolved to tackle issues of land security and eviction and following
successes in Quezon City, supported by local and international networking and
exchanges, the federation intensified its work to expand the model across the
Today, HPFPI is a national federation of community associations and savers
pursuing community-led housing and upgrading processes.
The role of the federation is to promote and facilitate savings among membercommunities
as a way of building their financial capability to invest in their own
development. This mobilisation aims to uphold the aspirations of its members
to secure their own land, maintain decent living conditions, break the cycle of
poverty, and protect their dignity and human rights. This mobilisation also supports
communities and residents to become active citizens, leveraging their financial
power and capacity to participate in development processes that affect them.
The federation supports communities to organise and register a legal identity in
order to gain recognition by local authorities and national government and bolster
requests for support in times of need.
HOW IS HPFPI ORGANIZED NATIONALLY?
The HPFPI is rooted in the savings and the housing groups. These groups mobilize savings and use their built-up financial strength to secure their land tenure and to upgrade their communities.
Thus the membership of HPFPI consists of community-based associations (CAs), homeowners’
associations (HOA), savings groups and Area Resource Centers (ARCs). ARCs are community-based offices of the HPFPI where savings, withdrawal and community loan transactions are made. These community associations and offices are the repository of savings and financial records - they manage savings and loan activities.
These community-based associations and savings offices are further linked regionally through the
Regional Offices are responsible for promoting the work of the HPFPI, for consolidating financial
reports, and for providing technical support in different aspects of HPFPI’s work.
Among the tasks that they help build in communities are those related to savings, maintaining financial management systems, land acquisition procedures, participation in local development councils and other forms of public sector engagement.
The National Office supports regional activities and coordinates tasks that involve different regions, such as consolidation of financial and narrative reports, national policy advocacy, guidance on the design and implementation of monitoring activities, and cross-regional learning activities such as community exchanges.
WHAT ARE THE PRIORITY ACTION AREAS OF THE HPFPI?
A key priority for the HPFPI is providing assistance to communities living in high-risk areas such as river banks, dumpsites, highways, rail tracks, shorelines, under the bridge and those affected by the city’s major-infrastructure projects.
The HPFPI has been involved in the reconstruction of disaster-affected communities as well as in
city resettlement programs. The HPFPI is doing citywide mapping and profiling to gather physical, socioeconomic data and other information on families in these priority areas. The information will allow the HPFPI (and collaborating government) to identify communities needing priority support; it also forms the basis for collective planning specific to communities’ needs.