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 Perspectives on Urban Poverty: The Experience of the City of Calapan
 A Presentation made by Hon. Arnan C. Panaligan, City Mayor, City of Calapan, Philippines, in the World Bank Urban Poverty Learning Workshop, held in Singapore, June 10-11, 2002


 On-going Housing Assistance Programs Available for LGUs
 In response to a request from Ms. Rowena Tuazon, City Planning and Development Officer of Masbate City, Ms. Maricel Genzola, CDS2 Poverty Alleviation Specialist, has provided you with some reference materials on the different housing assistance schemes available both from government and from private institutions.


 The PH Domain Foundation
 The PH Domain Foundation is the social outreach arm of the local PH Domain Registry (dotPH). It is a SEC-registered Internet-based non-stock, non-profit organization seeking to provide free unlimited email service to people in remote rural areas towards the upliftment of the quality of life in these communities. The website seeks to promote the use of the Internet as a tool for accessing relevant information quickly and to promote the exchange of knowledge among communities towards national development


 Providing Resettlement Areas for Settlers Located in Danger Zones
 Upon completion of their city profile under the CDS process, the City of San Fernando realized that they had some 200 fishing families located in a danger zone along its coastal area. The City Government was alarmed by this situation as every time a typhoon would hit the city, strong waves and floods would destroy their homes and property. This article describes the process by which the Mayor of San Fernando, La Union, responded to the issue of relocating illegal settlers from danger zones


 Public-Private Community Partnerships in the Delivery of Water Services
 In the Philippines, the Public-Private-Community Partnerships (PPCPs) are serving the poor with water through public faucets, group taps, bulk water, and individual connections. The removal of technical and institutional barriers in providing water in urban poor communities or informal settlements in Metro Manila has allowed delivery of different forms of water services in these areas. There are indications and good reasons to believe that provision of water for the poor and poor communities can be a potent tool for alleviating poverty as it impacts on health, income and consumption, and gender and social inclusion. In this sense, the PPCPs which are delivering water to the poor are contributing to poverty alleviation. The valuable lessons learned in the case of Metro Manila maybe operationalized and improved to comprise good practices applicable to other water utilities in other areas. Published August 2001


 Smile Kabuhayan Program
 The Smile Kabuhayan program is one of the city's key programs in addressing urban poverty. The strategy is to construct a Women's Productivity Center in every barangay. This is a one-stop center composed of commercial stalls cum display areas for their products, a production room to serve as their working area, a conference hall to serve as their multi-purpose function room for trainings and seminars, a day care center for pre-school children who will be left home unattended if their mothers are working in the center, a laundry area where they can do their laundry during free hours, and a kitchen where they can prepare the family dinner before going home