Building Action for Stability in Communities (BASIC) : Training for Community Planning (Philippines)

The Philippines is the second largest country in Southeast Asia after Indonesia, and its population is set to increase by 70% within the next 45 years. Already the population density per square mile is more than twice the average in the region, with consequences for the environment, the food supply and the health of the population. The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) informs people around the world about population, health and environmental issues, and empowers them to use that information to advance the wellbeing of current and future generations. PRB's publications present the latest data in language and formats that non-technical audiences can understand, while preserving the scientific basis of the material.

This grant will allow PRB to train a group of project managers, community leaders and local planners in West Visayas to better understand and manage the effects of changing population on the local environment using the Building Action for Stability in Communities (BASIC) approach. The BASIC approach combines demographic, health and environmental management tools to increase community stability and wellbeing. Following the training, the participants will undertake community population appraisals, environmental planning and health service delivery planning in their own communities. Two pilot communities in West Visayas will develop 15-year resource-use plans based on the results of the fieldwork.

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Start Date

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

End Date

Thursday, October 4, 2007


18 months

IDRC Officer

Sanchez-Bain, Walter Andres

Total funding

CA$ 29,900


Far East Asia, Philippines, Central Asia, South Asia, Indonesia


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Roger-Mark De Souza


Population Reference Bureau, Inc.

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