Making Resettlement Work through Partnerships

Aerial view of Southville 7. Photo credit: ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation.
Aerial view of Southville 7. Photo credit: ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation.

The Southville 7 community in the Philippines shows how different sectors of society worked successfully together to turn a basic housing project into a livable community for 5,000 resettled families.


Southville 7 is regarded as a model resettlement site in the Philippines. Its success is mainly because of multisector and multistakeholder efforts led by the National Housing Authority (NHA) and ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI).

Building the resettlement community in partnership with multiple agencies with a range of mandates and operating styles was not easy. The partners of Southville 7 overcame challenges through close collaboration and by focusing on a common vision for the community.

This case study shares the impact and lessons from the experiences in Southville 7, along with a framework that outlines the steps other organizations can take to make resettlement work. It is based on a detailed report, Southville 7: Making Resettlement Work, by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which provided a $1.5 million grant in 2012 to support multisector partnerships.

Project information

Project snapshot

  • 2000: NHA completes Southville 7 Housing Project.
  • 2006: Southville 7 becomes a resettlement site.
  • 2009: NHA and ALKFI formally agree to share management of Southville 7.
  • 2009-2011: About 3,000 families in Metro Manila, who were displaced by Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana), arrive.
  • 2010: Habitat for Humanity begins building houses.
  • 2011: Local government of Calauan issues a moratorium on relocation to Southville 7, citing a lack of resources.
  • 2012: ADB’s Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction provides a $1.5 million grant.
  • 2013: First homeowners’ associations register with Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.
  • 2013: Businesses start setting up shop, creating jobs for 300 residents.
  • 2016: Partners formally reaffirm commitment and support for Southville 7 until 2020.
  • ADB's Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (Grant): US$ 1,500,000
  • Government (In-kind): US$ 2,540,334
  • Government (Cash): US$ 250,000
  • Private sector contribution (In-kind): US$ 1,338,180
  • Community contribution (In-kind): US$ 380,230
  • Total: US$ 6,008,744

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Meet the expert

  • Elaine Thomas    
    Social Development Specialist (Civil Society and Participation), Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank

    Elaine Thomas designs and implements education and health projects in ADB’s operations in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining ADB, she was country director for GOAL in Kenya. With over 20 years of development experience, she has also worked in the field in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, The Gambia, Somalia, and South Sudan.

   Philippines, Poverty, Social development and protection
   Last updated: December 2016



The views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Asian Development Bank, its management, its Board of Directors, or its members.

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