"It is time for us to go to the people rather than ask the people, especially the poor, to come to us."
Over the years TAO has produced numerous publications ranging from books to monographs to magazines. For inquiries about our publications, you can send an email to taopublications(at)gmail.com. To get the latest updates on our publications, follow our Instagram account. Below is a list of our publications
Authors: Arlene Christy Lusterio, Verna Lucia Sarraga, and Geraldine Matabang
Editor: Lourdes Didith Mendoza-Rivera
Publisher: TAO-Pilipinas Inc. with the support of Misereor and Christian Aid (February 2019)
Dimension: 5.75 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
Paperback Edition $30.00 (PHP1500)
Kindle Edition $4.99
Battling Waves – Lessons in Humanitarian Shelter Response in the Small Islands of Manicani and Homonhon, Easter Samar and Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) in Northern Samar –chronicles TAO’s four-year journey with Northern and Eastern Samar communities, as they transition from mere survival to recovery, and eventually to resilience – in the aftermath of the most devastating natural disasters to hit the Philippines and the world.
Traversing the tricky path between humanitarian and developmental actions and approaches, and between social and technical concerns and methods – this book is a raw and gritty account of the real struggle for safe, comfortable shelter in the midst of mounting environmental, economic, and socio-political pressures.
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Authors: Arlene Christy Lusterio, Maria Faith Varona, Ma. Lorena Hernandez, Verna Lucia Sarraga, and Angelus Maria Sales
Editor: Lourdes Didith Mendoza-Rivera
Publisher: TAO-Pilipinas Inc. with the support of Misereor and Christian Aid (May 2018)
99 pages; 196 photographs
Dimension: 9 x 0.5 x 12 inches
Hardcover Edition $30.00 (PHP1500)
Kindle Edition (Print Replica) $9.99
TAO-Pilipinas: architects in the margins highlights TAO’s unique participatory approach in taking on various projects that require the skills of technical planning and design professionals. From resettlement, to rehabilitation, to education – this book captures the triumphs, failures, and the lessons that came with them; sharing a rich body of knowledge that hopes to inspire others to take the path less travelled.
This coffee table book marks TAO’s 16th year, and documents TAO’s journey towards sustainable human settlements development.
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by the Research and Publications Program of TAO-Pilipinas Inc.
Publisher: TAO-Pilipinas Inc. with the support of Philippine Support Service Agencies Inc. (March 2012)
Dimension: 8.5 x 11 inches
Paperback (side-stitching) PHP175
A module for facilitating a participatory planning workshop to generate design schemes for a medium-rise housing development. The guide equips workshop facilitators with a program along with visual aids and planning tools to enable participants to understand technical drawings, site planning considerations, and minimum building design standards based on Batas Pambansa 220. This reference material supports the development of “people’s plans”, with detailed instructions on how a community group may create scaled, two-dimensional site layout and three-dimensional housing unit models using especially prepared toolkits.
by the Education and Training Program of TAO-Pilipinas Inc.
Publisher: TAO-Pilipinas Inc with the support of Misereor and Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (December 2010)
Dimension: 8.5 x 11 inches
Paperback (spiral binding) PHP300
A comprehensive guide to facilitating a two-day workshop on community-based solid waste management (CBSWM) developed and implemented by TAO-Pilipinas for its capability-building programs with community partners. Through ten learning modules, the detailed guide orients participants on the effects of waste to our environment, RA 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act), and proper CBSWM practices. Workshop visual aids and tools along with activity photo-documentation are included in the guide, giving the reader a complete menu for implementing a CBSWM workshop.
Author: Angelus Maria Sales with illustrations by Verna Lucia Sarraga
Publisher: TAO-Pilipinas Inc. with the support of Asian Coalition for Housing Rights and International Institute for Environment and Development (August 2013)
Dimension: 6 x 8.25 inches
Paperback (spiral binding) PHP210
This visual handbook introduces four locally-available, alternative building materials for self-help construction of houses – interlocking compressed earth blocks; concrete interlocking blocks; wood wool cement-bonded board; and micro-concrete roof tiles. A simplified reference for the appropriate use of alternative materials in different building components of a house, it guides the reader with color photos and tips for proper construction method, installation and maintenance. The second in a series of guidebooks giving poor communities access to technical information to build safe and structurally sound homes.
Authors: Angelus Maria Sales with illustrations by Verna Lucia Sarraga
Publisher: TAO-Pilipinas Inc. with the support of Asian Coalition for Housing Rights and International Institute for Environment and Development (March 2012)
Dimension: 6 x 8.25 inches
Paperback (spiral binding) PHP150
A visual guide for constructing a house made of concrete and conforms to design and building standards set in Batas Pambansa 220. This simplified and illustrated reference written in local language serves to supplement the technical knowledge of community builders (eg carpenters, mason) doing self-help house construction. The handbook explains the underlying principles in the proper design of the different components of a concrete house — accessible technical information intended to support the enhancement of a community’s capacity to build safe and structurally sound homes.
Authors: Geraldine Matabang, Rosalyn-Frances Marcelo, and Beryl Baybay
Publisher: TAO-Pilipinas Inc. with the support of the Provention Consortium of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (May 2009)
Dimension: 7 x 10 inches
Paperback (side-stitching) PHP140
Kindle Edition (Print Replica) $2.99
The monograph brings together the outputs of the TAO research team that looked into the post-disaster rehabilitation efforts taking place in Albay a year after Typhoon Reming (Durian) struck the province in November 2006 and buried villages in mud and lahar that flowed from Mayon Volcano. The team studied two resettlement sites for the displaced communities (Taysan in Legazpi City and Anislag Phase 2 in Daraga), documented eight types of shelter units constructed in Taysan and Anislag by different aid groups, and examined how the resettled families coped with the conditions in the resettlement sites. It also covers a set of recommendations for disaster-resilient shelter design and construction in the context of Albay’s vulnerability to typhoon and volcanic hazards.
Issue no. 1: Water / July 2006
Issue no. 2: Disaster Risk Management / November 2006 – April 2007
Issue no. 3: Solid Waste Management / July 2007 – December 2007
Issue no. 4: Preparing for Extreme Hazards / January 2008 – June 2008
Issue no. 5: Climate Change / July 2008 – December 2008
Issue no. 6: Water and Sanitation / January 2009 – June 2009
Issue nos. 7-8: Managing Flood Risk (Special Double Issue) / July 2009 – June 2010
Issue no. 9: Living with Earthquakes / July 2010 – December 2010
Issue no. 10: TAO 10th Anniversary Issue / January – December 2011
Issue nos. 11-12: Resettlement and Housing (Double Issue) / January – December 2012
Publisher: TAO-Pilipinas Inc. with the support of Misereor
Back issues: PHP100 per magazine
Kindle edition: $14.99 (an e-book collection of all TAO Shelter Magazine issues)
TAO Shelter Magazine is a bi-annual publication of TAO-Pilipinas released from 2006 to 2012 to promote the vision of sustainable human settlements. Each magazine issue has a thematic focus and features technical knowledge, experiences, good practices and perspectives on subject matters confronting the planning and development of human settlements.
Bilang 1: Micro-concrete roof tiles
Bilang 2: Compressed earth blocks
Bilang 3: Interlocking compressed earth blocks
Bilang 4: Concrete interlocking blocks
Bilang 5: Wood wool cement-bonded boards
Bilang 6: Coconut fiber-cement board
Publisher: TAO-Pilipinas Inc. with the support of Asian Coalition for Housing Rights and International Institute for Environment and Development (April 2011)
Dimension: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
PHP100 per set (only limited copies for sale)
This six-part pamphlet introduces alternative building materials that can be used for social housing projects: (1) micro-concrete roof tiles; (2) compressed earth blocks; (3) interlocking compressed earth blocks; (4) concrete interlocking blocks; (5) wood wool cement-bonded board; and (6) coconut fiber-cement board.
A reference especially written for community groups, the pamphlet presents each material’s physical properties, production process and installation method, along with tips for proper use and maintenance and manufacturers information.