IDRC has supported research in the Philippines since 1972. Work by the country’s strong universities, research institutes, and active civil society has resulted in significant improvements in agriculture, poverty monitoring, and forest management.
Some IDRC grantees have had a global impact. For example, the International Rice Research Centre has helped to improve the well-being of rice farmers and consumers across the developing regions of the world.
Fighting poverty with facts
A team based at Manila’s Angelo King Institute guides the work of the Community-based Monitoring System network that has developed a poverty monitoring system now used in 14 countries.
Piloted in the Philippines in 1994, community-based poverty monitoring provides municipal and provincial planners with current information needed to design effective anti-poverty programs. Now in use throughout the country, it is a low-cost way of collecting and analyzing household data with the active participation of the community. It helps governments and organizations develop policies and programs that meet the people’s most pressing needs. For example, a community-administered survey of the 400,000 residents of Pasay City, a congested part of Metro Manila, identified high school drop-out rates and youth unemployment as major problems. As a result, job fairs, training programs, savings schemes, and other pro-poor policies targeting youth were introduced.
Forests and people prosper
The Philippines’ once-lush forest cover has been reduced to about 18 % of the country’s total land area. With IDRC support, the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction has promoted forestry management by local communities.
Researchers found ways to include local residents’ viewpoints in national-level discussions to reform an overly complex system that gives local people the right to manage, use, and sell forest resources. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources used information from these consultations to draft new forestry guidelines. Working with communities, newly trained forestry officials are able to ease the pressure on the remaining forest while allowing communities to use resources in a sustainable manner.
Total IDRC support: 265 activities worth CA$44 million since 1972
IDRC support is helping:
Poor households participate in the wider economy
Vulnerable communities prepare for climate-related disasters
Migrant workers access reproductive health care
Filipinos benefit from modern communication technologies
People enjoy community Internet access
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Photo (right): IDRC / Zbigniew Mikolajuk
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