Jaro is one of seven districts in the province of Iloilo. Located in the region of Visayas, the district is home to a variety of cathedrals, gardens, and historical residences. However, Iloilo is also considered to be one of the Philippine provinces that is most vulnerable to typhoons in all seasons. Substandard quality housing becomes especially dangerous, threatening to collapse when challenged by harsh weather conditions. Thus, there is a strong demand for housing that is both disaster-resilient and affordable for Ilonggos.
The Homeless Peoples Federation of the Philippines Inc. (HPFPI) is an organization dedicated to consolidating various low-income community members and leaders in order to effectively create avenues for the proper upholding of rights and access to basic necessities for homeless people. With this, acquisition of quality housing has always been a priority for the organization. The collaboration between this organization and Base Bahay thus proves to be invaluable for the Ilonggo people, as it responds to the critical need for both community development and access to basic shelter. With this, their work is able to develop an increased sense of human dignity within the lives of the beneficiaries.
Base Bahay Foundation, Inc. has constructed 47 houses for families who have needed to relocate from their original homes due to the fact that these have been dilapidated by natural disasters. Some of these families were previously informal settlers as well.