AUTHOR/S:  Arnold A. Abejaron, Epifania Melba L. Manapol, Mildred M. Estanda, Diane G. Taganas, Ma. Teresa C. dela Rosa, Glenn D. Depra


KEYWORDS: urban morphology; informal sectors; remote sensing


       The study seeks to locate the informal sectors in Davao City. In particular, the study seeks to know who the informal sectors are in terms of what they do and where they live, including the challenges they face socially, economically, politically, and geo-physically.

The study, with 402 respondents, made use of survey, ground truthing, and remote sensing technology as its methodology.

The study reveals, initially, that majority of the respondents are currently working. A big number also have businesses, majority of which are into retail services and are home-based. The study found out that informal sectors converge in areas where economic activities and institutions are also located. The respondents revealed that they are exposed to natural hazards like rain and flood and it affects their livelihood because they are forced to suspend their economic activities. There are those who are also not aware of the possible hazards in their livelihood.

The study recommends that in designing or identifying settlement areas, the access to livelihood, should be considered, among other factors aside from geo-hazards and access to resources. The study also recommends that programs and intervention appropriate or suitable for home-based business be developed.

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