PostNL Village in Manila slum

PostNL is funding construction of 44 homes in the slums of the Philippine capital Manila.

The new buildings will house about 300 people now living in shacks made of corrugated iron. The housing project has its origins in the strategic partnership of PostNL Shore, part of Data & Document Management, with SPi Global. Since mid-2010, Vietnam and Philippines-based SPi Global is helping PostNL process mail items with handwritten addresses that cannot be read by PostNL's mail sorting machines.

Besides housing, both companies are also building a Youth & Development Centre, which will provide education and basic medical care. In Manila, PostNL is working together with the Gawak Kalinga foundation, a government-affiliated organisation that is buying the land and managing the project locally. The beneficiaries of the project themselves are also involved in building their new homes.