Category: Philippines

This land is whose land? Part 3, Erected by the uncle’s representatives

27 January, 2014 (09:00) | Disaster recovery, Disaster risk, Eminent domain, Housing, Informality, Land use, Philippines, Politics, Relief, Squatting, Tacloban |

     [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding  Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we’ve seen in the two preceding parts, inspired by a reportorial New York Times (December 14, 2013) article and a more investigative piece from Quartz, November 21, 2013; blue font), has shown that demolished Tacloban, Philippines, is both […]

This land is whose land? Part 2, You can’t imagine a more vulnerable area

24 January, 2014 (09:00) | Disaster recovery, Disaster risk, Eminent domain, Housing, Informality, Land use, Philippines, Politics, Relief, Squatting, Tacloban |

  [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith Yesterday’s post, using a pair of articles, from the New York Times (December 14, 2013) and with greater insightful from Quartz, November 21, 2013; blue font), brought us to unhappy Tacloban, Philippines, where after Typhoon Haiyan the globe’s immediate response has been the admirable humanitarian desire […]

This land is whose land? Part 1, No permanent houses

23 January, 2014 (15:22) | Disaster relief, Disaster risk, Eminent domain, Housing, Informality, Land use, Philippines, Politics, Relief, Squatting, Tacloban |

  By:David A. Smith Though a catastrophe can be a chance to start fresh, the destruction of physical habitat does not wipe out the legal habitat, nor the economic or power structures, and all these render the business of redevelopment enormously complicated, as profiled in this downbeat article from the New York Times (December 14, […]

Remittances: the dreams of the San Joaquin, Part 2, the dreams

5 November, 2010 (13:10) | Global news, Housing, Immigration, Philippines, Remittances, Slums |

By: David A. Smith   Yesterday, via a surprisingly mournful New York Times article, we discovered the self-sacrificing parents of Mabini, Philippines, who have removed themselves halfway around the world for the sake of their children’s future, pouring remittances back into their homeland, back into a future for their offspring better than the one to […]

Remittances: the dreams of the San Joaquin, Part 1, the lucky few climb on

4 November, 2010 (11:48) | Global news, Housing, Immigration, Philippines, Remittances, Slums |

By: David A. Smith   People move for money, especially money for their children back home.  But, as revealed in this haunting New York Times story, when the absence is protracted, where is home – potentially nowhere?   Mabini, the Philippines — Mediterranean-inspired, pastel-colored houses dot the coast and hills of this rural town in […]