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Housing Program


In partnership with Polish Humanitarian Action, YPDR built over 960 storm-strengthened core shelters for families in need.

In partnership with Da Edge Surf camp and Rapid Crushing YPDR expanded its housing operations in Eastern Samar.


  • Built model homes on Bantayan Island in Barangays Sungko, Kabangbang, Sillion, Baigad, Kang-Kaibe, and Suba, and Barangay Omawas in Maydolong, Eastern Samar, with local carpenters.
  • Built 960 homes in partnership with PAH.
  • Retrofitted 130 homes.
  • Provided approximately 5,668 people with safe and dignified homes.
  • Trained 146 local carpenters on ‘Building Back Safer and the Best Practices of Typhoon and Earthquake Resistant Design’, using props and practical demonstrations to show why techniques like cross-bracing and typhoon strapping significantly improve the strength of a building.
  • YPDR also expanded its shelter operation in Eastern Samar which was devastated by Typhoon Ruby, which exacerbated an already existing shelter crisis caused by Typhoon Yolanda.

Quality Commitment

YPDR and our partner organizations Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) and Matthew 25 Ministries committed to providing long-term sustainable solutions to the shelter crisis faced by those whose homes were destroyed on Bantayan as a result of Typhoon Yolanda. Utilizing structural improvements designed by YPDR’s team of UK based architects, YPDR, PAH and M25M worked to build core structures strong enough to withstand the force of another natural disaster while providing homes to as many families as possible.

Livelihood Initiative

YPDR is committed to providing long-term sustainable solutions to the shelter crisis faced by those whose
homes were destroyed as a result of Typhoons Yolanda and Ruby. YPDR utilizes a typhoon and earthquake
resistant design endorsed by the UN Shelter Cluster and by Cebu’s leading architectural school, the University
of San Carlos’ Institute for Planning and Design, and meets all of the international SPHERE standards for
humanitarian shelter projects.
Indigineously laid out with 18 sq. meters of floor space and two rooms designed for optimum airflow, they are
comfortable, dignified, beautiful and strong. The shelter includes a water collection system on the long side
of the roof to take advantage of abundant rainfall and provide convenient access to water.