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CPAf launches books on the potentials of Palayamanan and on water policy in the Philippines

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by Stoix Nebin S. Pascua

Dr. Merlyne M. Paunlagui, chair of the Book Launching Committee, presented three publications authored by CPAf faculty and researchers together with various contributors from other UPLB colleges, UP constituent units, and government agencies. These publications are as follows: “Exploring the Potentials of Palayamanan: A Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) in Bicol, Philippines;” “Facilitator’s Manual on Palayamanan: Training Curriculum on Climate, Rice Farming, Vegetable Production, and Livestock, Poultry, and Fisheries Management;” and “Water Policy in the Philippines: Issues, Initiatives, and Prospects.”

The book “Exploring the Potentials of Palayamanan” contains the research results and experiences in using the CPAR approach in introducing the Palayamanan project, a diversified integrated rice-based farming system, to the rainfed and upland communities of Masbate and Camarines Sur, Philippines. Techno demo sites were established and climate field schools were used as extension delivery mechanism for the Palayamanan technologies. The book comes with a facilitators’ manual that contains modules on the following topics: climate, rice production, vegetable production, livestock production, poultry management, and small-scale fisheries management.

Meanwhile, the book “Water Policy in the Philippines,” published under Springer’s Global Issues in Water Policy (Vol. 8), describes the challenges in the policy and practices of the various water sectors in the Philippines that have led to water conflicts. Using perspectives from the biophysical and social sciences, the book maps and examines the current state of the water sector in the Philippines in terms of demand, supply, and uses; legal, institutional, and policy arrangements; sector performance (domestic, industrial, agriculture and fisheries, environment, and multiple-use sectors); initiatives for water supply sustainability and improved water demand management; and prospects to achieve water security.

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