Project: Fil-Lux Village

Iligan, Northern Mindanao, Philippines

This project was made possible with the partnership of:

The Fil-Lux Ecovillage was one of the many relocation sites offered to Sendong survivors in Iligan City after Tropical Cyclone ‘Sendong’ (International Name: Washi) destroyed almost 4,000 homes and damaged almost 15,000 others, in the City killing almost 5,000 people including those who are missing up to these days.
Unlike other Sendong relocation sites in Iligan City, the Fil-Lux Eco-village was consciously designed through locally owned, participatory processes to restore the social-economic environment of its beneficiaries. Like all other eco-villagers, the Fil-Lux Eco-village aims to become more socially, culturally and ecologically sustainable.

Project visit and monitoring

The implementation of the Fil-Lux housing project consisted of three phases that started in October 2013 with the goal of erecting 102 homes for survivors. Phase 1 would pre-construction where bidding, land acquisition, beneficiary selection, among other preparatory planning. With Phase 2, the housing project erected 40 homes whose priority homeowners were those survivors who lived in government declared danger zones within the city or those whose homes were totally washed out during the storm. The remaining 62 units were later constructed during Phase 3 of the project implementation.

Ongoing construction of one of the 100+ homes

After two and a half years of Fil-Lux Ecovillage project implementation, through immersive monitoring and process evaluation, the Fil-Lux eco-villagers are still struggling to cope with their socio-economic demands. Distance and accessibility of the eco-village to the center of the city was cited as one of the reasons. Most of the sources of livelihood of the survivors were in proximity to where they used to settle i.e., river banks thru quarrying; coastal areas thru fishing; and the majority in the urban center where driving, vending some cooked foods as their means of livelihoods. Another reason, which was very recent, was the armed conflict in Marawi City between the government troops and the ISIS-linked Maute Group that erupted on May 23, 2017, and lasted for nearly five months. Most of the villagers from the ecovillage started to take menial construction job at the war-torn Marawi City. When the conflict erupted, so did their jobs. Labor competition also tightened in Iligan City since most of the Marawi residents displaced by the conflict fled to Iligan City and started to hunt for jobs.

With remaining funds from the project, LAFCCOD, in partnership with LIHUK, Inc., saw an imperative to develop a socio-economic livelihood program intended for Fillux Eco Village Homeowners Association. One of our goals is to help the homeowners facilitate and access livelihood support and enhance their skills and knowledge with the provision of materials and equipment and additional capital for gainful employment towards sustainable economic development. The livelihood program shall help alleviate low-income homeowners through skill upgrading and assistance in setting up their own micro-enterprises thus creating employment opportunities and a promotion of social development with special focus on the development of children and women and environmental improvement.

Communal Vegetable Garden