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ABOUT HPFPI

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

country.


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.


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.

 
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