Rebuilding Marawi through Community-driven Shelter and Livelihood (Philippines)


From May 2017 to October 2017, armed conflict broke out in Marawi City in southern Philippines between government forces and militants, leaving large swathes of the city destroyed and tens of thousands of people displaced and homeless. The five-month conflict left 24 of Marawi City’s 96 barangays—almost its entire commercial district—uninhabitable, affecting as many as 60,000 of the city’s 201,000 residents who will not be able to return, according to the Humanitarian Response and Resources Overview [Philippine Humanitarian Country Team, 2018]. 

In line with UN-Habitat’s goal of advancing sustainable urbanization as a driver of development and peace to improve living conditions for all, the Rebuilding Marawi project, funded by the Government of Japan, aims to help conflict-affected and internally-displaced persons (IDPs) bounce back by providing permanent shelters and livelihood support. This is implemented through the People’s Process, a community-driven approach that has been used and proven effective in empowering communities in post-disaster and postconflict situations.

Transcending this community-focused approach is the development of a city-level recovery and reconstruction plan, including a local shelter plan that will situate the role of the families and communities in the overall rebuilding of the city.

Complementing shelter recovery, the project will also provide livelihood support by training households in construction, small-scale enterprise development, and other similar skills. Capacity-building for communities will also be at play as they get training on project, business, and financial management, with a strong mindfulness for gender balance, peace building, and social development mainstreamed into the training.

The project endeavors to ensure that all related activities are carried out in a manner that helps strengthen or rehabilitate the social fabric and promote peacebuilding among families and communities in relation to the wider community of Marawi and the region.


Community-Driven Shelter and Livelihood Project utilizes the People’s Process as a platform to create spaces for collaboration and to establish grassroots institutions that promote participatory planning and decision-making.

By the end of the project period, HOCCI aims to have delivered the following accomplishments: 

  1. 1057 permanent houses built for affected households
  2. Livelihood support and capacity development opportunities provided to 4000 household
  3. Community development support extended to 4000 households
  4. Peace and Development Structures


  • Construct permanent shelter for internally displaced families through the People’s Process
  • Organize and duly register Homeowners Associations
  • Organize and duly register cooperatives to supp
  • Form HOA committees
  • Capacitate families and individuals through 
  • Capacitate individuals on Peace and Development through trainings and orientations
  • Organize Advocates, Mediators, and Educators for Peace
  • Capacitate the HOAs in communicating their own stories through a community-led newsletter

Donors and Key Project Stakeholders


Government of Japan

Key Project Stakeholders:

Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, National Housing Authority, Social Housing Finance Corporation, Task Force Bangon Marawi, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Province of Lanao del Sur, Islamic City of Marawi, Marawi Sultanate League,  Bangsamorro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Ministry of Human Settlements and Development, BARMM Ministry if Trade Investment and Tourism, BAARM Cooperative Development Authority, Maranao People Development Center, Inc., Ulama Council of Marawi, Western Mindanao Command, 55th Engineer Brigade, Amanah Islamic Bank, and Holcim

Relevant Links

UN-Habitat Philippines:

Video playlist: Rebuilding Marawi through Community-driven Shelter and Livelihood

Related video: Task Force Bangon Marawi: Marawi Rehabilitation

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