In April 2016, following a series of consultations between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the City Social Welfare and Development Office and other partners in Zamboanga, a profiling exercise for home-based internally displaced persons (IDPs) was conceptualized. The main purpose was to validate the relevance of existing lists and obtain up-to-date information from home-based IDPs who decided to take part in the exercise so that the government, as well as other humanitarian and development actors, can make informed and consultative decisions while designing and targeting their assistance programs, including protection interventions.
Following a piloting phase in June 2016, the full-blown profiling was conducted in July-August 2016 and reached 6,474 families from 66 barangays in Zamboanga. Of these, 1,135 families were assessed to be potential home-based IDPs based on the documents they presented. The profiling revealed that most home-based IDPs are living in barangays of Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, Talon-Talon and Rio Hondo.
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Unit of Analysis
v2.1: Edited, anonymous dataset for licensed distribution.
The survey conveys different information based on the household status.
All forms cover household demographics, available documentation, sources of income, access to education, access to safety and security, access to shelter, access to humanitarian services, access to durable solutions and access to information.
The profiling does not attempt to determine the exact figure of IDPs living among the host community or to identify how many are eligible for allocation in the government's permanent housing programme. The main purpose is to validate relevance of existing lists and obtain up-to-date information, including contact details, from home-based IDPs who decided to take part in the exercise, which would help inform the government and other humanitarian actors in designing and targeting their assistance programs, including protection interventions, and pave ways to establish channels for regular dialogue with home-based IDPs for more inclusive and consultative programming.
Emergency Shelter and NFI
Livelihood & Social cohesion
Gender Based Violence
Housing, Land and Property
Domestic Needs/Household Support
The profiling exercise was conducted in 66 barangays under the Seven (7) District Offices in Zamboanga City known to be hosting home-based IDPs. The current CSWDO master list and the results of profiling in December 2014, which made up the "consolidated master list", were used to help identify location of the IDPs.
All suspected households hosting IDPs.
Identification and verification of home-based IDPs during profiling were fully contingent on the presentation of following documentation by families approaching the profiling team: Family Access Cards (colored pink) issued by DSWD for home-based IDPs at the onset of the siege, Certification issued by CSWDO indicating the family as home-based IDPs, as well as National Housing Authority's (NHA) Tagging Form or Barangay Chairman endorsement provided that these two latter documents are presented together with a Family Access Card (colored pink) or CSWDO certification as home-based IDP.
Producers and sponsors
City of Zamboanga
The current CSWDO master list and the results of profiling in December 2014, which made up the "consolidated master list", were used to help identify location of the IDPs. Based on this consolidated master list, a total of 4,372 families was used as baseline data. This home-based IDP profiling activity was able to reach 6,474 families from 66 barangays.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
The data collection was made through a one-on-one interview with the head of the family, and if head of family was not available, with the spouse and/or oldest dependent. Data was collected digitally through an Open Data Kit mobile software to speed up the process.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees
City Social Welfare and Development Office
Three data collection questionnaires, namely Forms A, B and C, were developed for this activity in anticipation of various respondent scenarios.
Form A was intended for home-based IDPs whose names were already included in the consolidated master list and who had consistently showed up in profiling exercises since December 2014. Form B was intended for respondents who were not in the consolidated master list but were able to provide the documentation outlined above, confirming them to be home-based IDP. Form C, on the other hand, was intended for respondents whose names were not found in the master list, as well as those home-based IDPs who were assessed to have returned, awardees of permanent housing projects, and those who otherwise did not qualify under Forms A or B as they were not able to present the required documentation.
Forms A & B
The collected datasets from the field were processed and analyzed in Microsoft Office Excel platform using Power Query and Power Pivot. Each form was processed separately before processing the combined results of all forms.
There were two types of analysis for this re-profiling activity in relation to the stated objectives. Firstly, the analysis focuses on assessing the validity of the current government master list of home-based IDPs. The second type of analysis is the comparative analysis of the current and previous profiling to evaluate the trend and patterns of movement, and assess the protection condition of home-based IDPs.
UNHCR (2020). Zamboanga Home Based IDP Re-Profiling 2016. UNHCR microdata library: https://microdata.unhcr.org