Focused Sector(s): Sanitation, Sustainable Livelihood, Disaster Risk Reduction
Project: Ground Up, Clean Up
Date: July 2012, July 2013 / 12 months each
Location: Baseco, Manilla
Beneficiaries: 3,235 people


  • High population density of estimated 50,000 inhabitants within a land area of roughly 52 hectares
    • Population made up of informal settlers from the rural areas in search of a better life in the city and evacuees left homeless from Metro Manila’s many natural disasters
  • Settlement located in the pathway of typhoons passing from the Bicol Region and to Zambales, making the community vulnerable
  • The area is the main dumping ground for the metropolitan’s garbage
  • Pasig River has been declared biologically dead because it has become an unofficial dumpsite for the residents’ garbage
  • The river floods frequently and without proper drainage systems, brings contaminated waters into the vicinity of the Baseco inhabitants and their homes.


Intervention and Impact

  • Implemented a Disaster Risk Reduction programme that improved the overall capacity of the community to deal with the aftermath of a disaster as well as mitigate its effects.
  • Disaster preparedness workshops and evacuation drills were conducted in collaboration with the local government and fire station.
  • Increased access to community-based livelihood opportunities through the development of the design and production of water hyacinth-based eco-bags and urban gardening for sale.
  • Removing water hyacinths from the Pasig River as raw materials for the eco-bags also helps unclog the Pasig river where rubbish is trapped by the plants
  • An urban gardening demonstration farm was introduced and managed as a nursery or seed bank in the urban poor community. It also provided fresh vegetables to the community.
  • Established a one community livelihood centre which sold the water hyacinth eco bags and other handicraft created by community within Baseco Compound
  • The community has continued planting mangroves in an effort to rehabilitate their natural environment as well as develop protection from storm surges.


Cost: S$89,322

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