Research Grants

Enabling Human Rights-Centered Approach in Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction in Tacloban City, Philippines

Small Research Grant –
250,000 THB (1 year)
 University of the Philippines Visayas
Tacloban College

  1. To identify how
    human-rights based approaches are integrated in post-disaster housing
    reconstruction by different actors (NGO, State and Private Sector) in
    Tacloban City, Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.
  2. To
    identify the factors that facilitate and/or impede the application of a human
    -rights based appraoch in post-disaster reconstruction practices in Tacloban
    City, Philippines.
  3. To understand how the integration
    (or lack thereof) of HRBA affect the gender rights of women in post-disaster
of research

This research project aims to uncover
how human rights-based approaches to post-disaster housing reconstruction is
practiced in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. This is an important human
rights issue since the context of disaster risk management is dominated by
top-down approaches that privileges technocratic and expert solutions. There
is a tendency during the different phases of disaster risk management to
marginalize voices and solutions emanating from the people on the ground,
thereby constituting serious violations to the right to participation in the
project design of resettlement and housing projects at all phases. There is
also a pragmatic objective in enacting a human-rights based approach since
the incorporation of community participation centered on the upholding of the
human rights of disaster affected persons can increase the viability and
sustainability of post-disaster resettlement projects.Personal
Mr. Dakila Kim P. Yee is an Instructor of
Sociology affiliated with the Division of Social Sciences, the University of
the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College. He is also a Master of Arts in
Sociology student at the Department of Sociology, University of the
Philippines Diliman. In 2016, he was selected as Asian Graduate Student
Fellow (2016) at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of
Singapore. His current thesis research analyses the production of neoliberal
spaces and subjectivities in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines in the
aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. He has published in international and
Philippines-based publications on the issues of land use politics,
environmental sociology, and the sociology of disaster. Some of his recent
articles will appear on the journal Critical Asian
and an edited volume on Disaster Justice in Anthropocene
Asia published by MIT Press.  

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