Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Road paving starts now

Manila Bay Hospital City initiating actions begin. At least three (3) Philippine delegations in different stages will leave for overseas to begin negotiations in earnest for the organizing of the initial group of hospitals that will be participating in the project. Leading a component of the delegations is Dr. Jess Comedido of H.E.A.L.T.H. Dr. Comedido is a stem cell and skin specialist and has a wide network in the health community in Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and the People's Republic of China. The first set of institutions with whom the negotiations will be completed will immediately schedule trips to the Philippines and will be set up for site visits before the yuletide season or at the earliest part of 2014. This trip of the delegation is vital. More > >


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Persuading investors

Recently we wrote a proposal to a potential Investor for the planned settlement effort for some of the victims of tropical cyclone #Haiyan codenamed #Yolanda that are spread out in nine (9) Regions of the Philippines. In a past venture the same Investor approved a fund through the efforts of Centre di Humanes et Societas, Inc. (CDHS) and B.S.T. Switzerland and U.S.A. for the Republic of the Philippines Government with an absolute value of USD 2-Billion at tranches of USD50-Million for a shelter development project in the village called Sampaloc, Municipality of Tanay, Rizal Province in the Philippines.

Over a brief working period in the year 1999 the composite private study group prepared a Project Feasibility Study with inputs being cooperatively provided by the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), then under Chairman Karina Constantino David (left photo) as well as the National Housing Authority (NHA) headed at the time by Atty. Chito M. Cruz (photo at lower right). The government positively evaluated the viability of the project after several consultations with the group of CDHS and agreed to accept the fund support on behalf of the beneficiaries - 150,000 informal settler families in various parts of Metropolitan Manila.

The completed study was submitted to the Investor that then evaluated and made favorable determination to proceed with funding the project. In that year, 1999, a formal Letter of Intent from the Bank to fund the shelter development project was sent to then sitting President, His Excellency Joseph Estrada.

After Pres. Estrada left office, there was no occasion to revive the momentum of the investment partnership with the Investor following the ascendancy of a new government under Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal Arroyo vice His Excellency Jose Marcelo Ejercito or also known as Joseph Estrada. The fund was obtained through representations and negotiations, document submittals and evaluation over a period of less than one year. The formal Letter of Intent was issued on the approval of fund for the Sampaloc, Municipality of Tanay, Rizal Province, Philippines shelter development project by the Agent of the Investor based in the United States of America.
The approved fund, that was more than Philippine Pesos Eighty Billion (PHP80-B) was never utilized under the administration of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the funder's prescription on behalf of the Philippine beneficiaries had to be changed. More > >

Images after Yolanda compiled by International Business Times, London

Monday, November 25, 2013

Plan to address settlement problems for Yolanda victims

The following executive brief of the proposal for funding for a housing project for Yolanda and future victims of calamities is shown below. It was also published in social networking site. See here.

The Post-Yolanda Housing Situation in the Philippines

A reported 300 Kph-strong, hurricane category 5 tropical cyclone hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013 and devastated a large number of areas located within nine (9) administrative Regions of the country.

The final report on the actual scientific and technical analysis and assessment of this natural phenomenon - its true levels of strength at various stages, identifiable patterns of emergence (if any), and other factors, will take some more time, however the situation on the ground of those that were affected by the disaster needs immediate attention.

Furthermore, also needing immediate and serious attention are the victims of calamities about to occur in the near future in the Metro Manila and surrounding areas. The Philippine Government itself, together with other sectors, have warned that the next big calamity will strike the national capital region itself. These bodes for measures to mitigate the atrocities and huge damages to Metro Manila similar to the ones suffered by the people in Visayas and parts of Mindanao brought about by tropical cyclone Yolanda.

The Philippine Government, in cooperation with foreign donors has put in place a few stop gap measures to alleviate the conditions of the victims, 90% of whom had either totally lost their homes and valuables, with more than 50% up to a high of 75% also losing their very source of livelihood in the process:

1. Crops (rice, coconut, corn, other primary agricultural resource)
2. Merchandise for retail, wholesale
3. Manufactured light products (paper based, light wood-based, water-based, others)
4. Real estate improvements (for rent space - building, house, etc.)
5. Others

In the current situation, housing materials are being given by Raffle Draw to victims of the disaster. Twelve (12) pieces of new metal roof sheets are given to a few victims whose names are picked in a Raffle Draw at the level of the Municipality. Along with the 12 roof sheets are different sizes of nails. The metal roofs are marked with a foreign brand and are said to have arrived from outside the Republic of the Philippines. At this rate therefore, with the giving of roof sheets through the Raffle Draw it is envisioned it will take a considerable amount of time to service several hundreds of thousands up to millions of victims without any capacity to borrow money or generate new income to allow them to completely rebuild their homes and return to normal life and hopefully, as well to their livelihood.

Eventually, the Philippine Government will come around towards extending support and assistance for reconstruction of destroyed houses, even for those that cannot afford to repay the cost over the long run, to have their houses rebuilt. This will have to be within a more immediate time frame, since as the victim families have stated, during the aftermath of Yolanda, everytime it rains they have to find trees, old walls of their destroyed houses and stand up to minimize catching rainfall then wait in one position until the rain stops.

Revival of Funded Project

An aborted project in Luzon with a fund of no less than Eighty Billion Philippine Pesos (PHP80-B) was due to be staged in more than two thousand five hundred hectares (2,500 has) of alienable and disposable real estate in the Municipality of Tanay, Province of Rizal with a resettlement housing and satellite resettlement communities in Real, Infanta, and Nakar – all in the Province of Quezon that will occupy an aggregate real estate size of more or less six to ten thousand hectares (6,000-10,000 has).

The project became possible with the preparation of a Project Pre-Feasibility Study that outlined the creation of s elf-sustaining communities in the vicinity of Eastern Metro Manila-Rizal-Quezon area also called Marilaque area. Said study was submitted to a foreign Funder that upon evaluation of the merits of the undertaking, approved the enterprise for an investment loan with very soft terms and conditions with an absolute value of United States Dollars Two Billion (USD2-B) in 1999. On record, the approval of the investment and necessary documentation to be accomplished and signed with the beneficiary (as represented in this project's case by the Philippine Government), were forwarded by the Funder to the Philippines.

The group that prepared the pre-feasibility study is a coalition of eight (8) independent organizations with the following as the lead entitites:

Centre di Humanes et Societas, Inc.
Center of Social Development Alternatives, Inc.
Development Alternatives – Asia Pacific, Inc. 

The project was cut short merely due to a transition in government in the Philippines and His Excellency Jose Marcelo Ejercito also known as Joseph Estrada was replaced by then Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The aborted project was spearheaded by the private sector (CDHS, Inc.), then was funded with more than 150,000 target beneficiaries represented by the Philippine Government receiving an investment by the funding agency with soft loan terms and conditions in the absolute face value of United States Dollars Two Billion (USD2-B) in 1999.

When the transition took place, the national leadership and the lead participating agency in the Philippine Government no longer took up from where the previous administration of Pres. Joseph Estrada left and the Tanay, Rizal resettlement housing was shelved. The fund for the project would certainly be taken out of its original prescripton in favor of the Philippine beneficiaries and will be returned to its original source or diverted to other investment fund beneficiary who needed it most.

Response to Current Human Settlement Issues

The determination of Fleurdelis Green Heights (A Concern of CyberparkGroup) with the CSR arm CDHS, Inc. is to revive the aborted project. Such revival will be with an increased scope and coverage. The full intention is to provide an immediate response to the post disaster settlements concerns in all the affected areas of the recent calamity, typhoon Yolanda.

The utilization of the original project site will still be considered, however, a change in the original project framework will be adopted to be tailored-fit to the potential of future natural phenomenon projected to occur within the vicinity of Eastern Metro Manila as well as the adjoining Provinces of Rizal and Quezon.

This change of the project plan framework will be done, notwithstanding that even if the site may not have been affected in any part by the Presidential Proclamation 226 of 24 November 2011 by His Excellency Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III declaring no less than 26,125.64 hectares of the Marikina Watershed covering the Municipalities of Baras, Rodriguez, San Mateo and Tanay, all of Rizal Province as Protected Areas, there will be a need to re-engineer the original design due to the weather factor and considering such other aspects of design engineering and geologic-seismologic, geospheric variables that inevitably must come into play in the vicinity of the Eastern Metro Manila and Rizal-Quezon Province area.

Shelter-Livelihood Hubs. As originally envisioned, the revived project will complimentarily focus upon building “livelihood hubs” to service several hundreds of thousands to millions families that lost their homes and are barely adequate enough to rebuild their homes.

For the aborted project in particular, the focal livelihood center was an integrated steel multi-industry complex. Steel works plant for dye and tool making, another for railroad construction, a site for shipbuilding and aircraft or military materiel manufacturing, also for frameworks for bridges, ultra-high buildings or towers and other super structures.  The industrial complex shall provide training or capacity building and ultimately livelihood for thousands of people in the area who will be coming from various informal communities of Metro Manila.

The importance of steel and its derivative complex alloys, without prejudice to other industries, is the primordial role it plays in the laying down of the base infrastructure needed by economies to leapfrog further towards progress and development.

New Parameter: More Livelihood Areas.  In the new configuration, more areas of livelihood will be adden on to the original livelihood framework. Aside from the industrial complex design, light industries, agro-mineral resources processing, textile manufacturing and other centers of livelihood will be added to accommodate the beneficiaries that live in various different conditions within several geographic divisions of the country.

Instead of the site in Tanay, Rizal, the revival of the aborted project will target resettlement sites proximate to those areas that were severely hit by tropical cyclone Yolanda and the victims all lost a large portion or all of their homes and every form of valuable therein to the raging waters brought about by the powerful winds and storm surges accompanying said tropical cyclone.


As originally conceived, the beneficiaries of these resettlement communities coming from the original targeted communities with the added on group from communities affected by tropical cyclone Yolanda shall be of mixed origin and economic status in order to diffuse insipient social problems that are integral to nearly all resettlement projects.  These same beneficiaries shall also be the same beneficiaries of the livelihood opportunities that shall be provided as integral components of the project.

Luzon Component

For the original target beneficiaries, the same real estate in Tanay, Rizal and the Reina cluster of towns in Quezon Province (Municipalities of Real, Infanta and Nacar) will be used, but additional project sites will also be engaged in the Calamba-Cabuyao Laguna Province area, as well as in Nasugbu-San Juan, Batangas Province area and the adjoining areas of Maragondon, Cavite Province. This shall form the Luzon component. The total buildable area in this component is no less than twelve thousand hectares (12,000 has) or much, much higher.

In accordance with the Calabarzon and Marilaque Master Plans for the development in the areas, construction of completed road network, a rapid railway system, large and fully functional ports and marinas, possibly an airport or renovation of an existing nearby air transportation facilities as well as the construction of many transportation and communications and public utilities hitherto non-existent in the area shall also be undertaken in the said area cluster.

This is intended to spur the development in the Pacific Coast side of the Philippine archipelago that was foreseen by administrations in the 60s and 70s as the new frontier of development but for many decades has been neglected and taken advantaged of recently by the regimes in the immediate past.

Moving some of the elements of congestion in Metro Manila – such as the squatters along the whole stretch of the Pasig River – Pacific ward will significantly reduce the population stresses suffered by the metropolis to say the least.  This will also provide an enormous opportunity for those involved in the program to be involved in some social engineering and minimize the aggravation in the areas where they will be resettled.

The other advantages of the project are the following:

1. Shifting of some major port operations to the Pacific Coast is one of the most logical undertakings that could help decongest the South and North Harbors as well as reduce shipping time for incoming cargo and passenger transport vessels with Pacific operations.

2. With the shift of said operations the use of a rapid railway system will be viable and profitable as there will be a regular source of income for the railway from both passengers and cargo bound for or from Manila.

3. By creating the industrial-forestry-agricultural and resettlement estate, huge hitherto idle properties shall soon be developed.  [As a matter of fact, some enterprising top personalities who have been land banking in the area during the Ramos regime have acquired not less than 100,000 hectares and are now even giving out one (1) hectare to selected favored persons in the area.]

Central-South Philippine Component

In the Visayas and small parts of Mindanao, the original site for FGH village in the Northeastern Mindanao Region, other planned or ongoing development projects within or near the affected areas of Mindanao is open to and will be utilized as settlement and livelihood centers. Filinvest Homes, SM Development and other real estate concerns have properties all over in Mindanao, all of these can be tapped.

For the Central Philippines component, massive resettlement will be undertaken. The resolve of this undertaking is to locate such settlements in safer ground, with as much leeway and favorable considerations being granted by the Philippine Government for said direction.

In the case of the affected communities of Tacloban City, Municipalities of Palo and other coastal towns in Leyte, coastal or island towns in Cebu (Bantayan Island), among others, either structures similar to or improvements of the ones that will be found in Batanes Island may be considered. But for the meantime, if the residents are open to any form of relocation, that would be a more welcome concept considering that with three more typhoons forecasted by the Philippine weather bureau (Philippine Atmospheric, Geospheric 

The subject development will take considerably more than five (5) years and shall be funded from foreign or externally sourced official development assistance. In this case, the project is being proposed to be funded with syndicated private financing that will not r the sovereign guarantee from the Philippine Government.

Some of the added funding shall be sourced from the designing-packaging and monetization of government bonds through reselling these debentures to organizations and states interested in the project or simply interested to invest in the Philippines.

These among others are the compelling salient points of the Philippine Settlements Project of CDHS, Inc. Attached herewith are basic references pertinent to the project. See more of this > >


Corporate Social Responsibility arm of CyberparkGroup

Some images compiled by International Business Times London on the devastation by Yolanda, the state of the victims after the typhoon and some of the immediate responses.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Formula for Disaster

If we were Mr. Aquino, we would:

1. Not make the claim of Mr. Ricky Carandang that: Today in Tacloban: 26 out of 138 barangays have received delivery of 22,778 food packs. - @rickycarandang

2.  Not state that there are 50,000 food packs made per day and there are 43,000 delivered to Samar and Leyte.

The night time population of Tacloban is more than 200,000. The island of Leyte has a population of about 2,000,000 people. Per NDRRMC estimate, around 2,000,000 households were devastated during Typhoon Yolanda coming to around more than 9,000,000 people.

50,000 food packs per day, is not sufficient for Samar alone, let alone Tacloban, several towns in Leyte that were hardest hit by the storm. Even 1,000,000 food packs per week is nearly not enough for one-tenth of the weekly requirement of food - for this reason the majority of the people victimized by the typhoon and whose homes were wiped out are extremely hungry.

Now that foreign delegations for rescue, recovery, medical service and providing safe potable water, among many other form of assistance, have arrived Aquino has many more burdens removed from his chest.

However, to restore the peace and order and ensure the safety of the people and foreign delegations in the affected areas, Aquino must create force multipliers for the meager number of troops he ordered sent to Leyte, Samar, etc. The reports of continued breakdown of law and order in those calamity stricken areas is compounded by the escape of too many convicted criminals from jail and who are now roaming around the provinces, cities, towns in Eastern Visayas.

3.  Not tolerate the limited packing of relief items. The national relief operations center can be augmented by not less than fifty other packing centers, specially now that international aid has arrived through Cebu. These packing centers can be opened in areas as close to these towns as possible:

Bantayan Island, Cebu

Leyte Province
Tacloban City
Paranas (Wright)
San Jorge
San Jose de Buan
San Sebastian
Santa Margarita
Santa Rita
Santo NiƱo

Southern Leyte Province
Maasin City
Padre Burgos
Saint Bernard
San Francisco
San Juan
San Ricardo
Tomas Oppus

Eastern Samar Province
Borongan City
General MacArthur
San Julian
San Policarpo

Northern Samar Province
Las Navas
Lope de Vega
San Antonio
San Isidro
San Jose
San Roque
San Vicente
Silvino Lobos

Aklan Province
New Washington

Capiz Province
Roxas City
President Roxas

together with all the other affected towns and cities, mostly in the Visayas, but also in Region IV like Mindoro, among others.

There are billions of dollars worth of aid from all over the world. If Aquino is not going to put up the packing centers, aside from undertaking other necessary actions for the benefit and welfare of the disaster victims, all that money will go to waste - perhaps will figure in some other PDAF-DAP like scam in the near future.

Tons of relief goods keep on arriving. These all will need to be packed properly. Thus the need to expand the operations of the relief packing centers. That is why there is money given by foreign donors.

4.  Not take lightly the suggestion in facebook to undertake organized mortuary response. As the World Health Organisation exhorts governments, there are proper procedures to follow in the handling of the dead bodies during emergency conditions. (See preceding article on WHO Technical Note no. 8.)

In Babatngon, as ABS CBN news reported earlier today, not only relief has not arrived but the dead bodies are floating in the seas off the coast of Babatngon, Leyte.  These issues, apart from so many others, need immediate attention by the government.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WHO: Disposal of Bodies in Emergency Conditions

The World Health Organization Technical Note for Emergencies No. 8 defines the need for the proper steps in disposing of dead bodies during emergency conditions. Below are the screenshots of the procedures for governments to use:

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