Title

From displacement to resettlement: How current policies shape eviction narratives among urban poor in the Philippines

College

College of Liberal Arts

Department/Unit

Behavioral Sciences

Document Type

Article

Source Title

Housing, Care and Support

Volume

23

Issue

2

First Page

49

Last Page

63

Publication Date

6-29-2020

Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to examine the experiences of urban poor relocatees in their resettlement communities, specifically those who were relocated from the Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela and Quezon City areas to the province of Bulacan, Philippines. This study hopes to convey the importance of revisiting the law on socialized housing in the Philippines. Design/methodology/approach: This study gathered qualitative data through 2 focus group discussions among 28 participants who came from 3 resettlement sites in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan Province, Philippines. The resettlement areas are owned and managed by the National Housing Authority of the Philippine Government. Findings: Results show that resettlement experiences are stories of survival under impoverished conditions. Lack of housing facilities or poorly built units characterize their relocation experience aside from having no immediate access to basic utilities such as electricity and water, despite a law that supposedly secures these rights to relocatees. The expensive cost of transportation and the lack of livelihood also heavily strain the lives of the relocated population. Originality/value: This study illustrates that involuntary displacement predicts poor living conditions upon resettlement. This study is an inquiry not only of existing conditions of socialized housing in resettlement areas but also past realities of these housing communities at the onset of the displacees’ relocation. © 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited.

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Digitial Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1108/HCS-01-2019-0001

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Keywords

Urban poor—Housing—Philippines; Relocation (Housing)--Philippines; Urban poor—Philippines--Social conditions

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