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Ensuring Access to Basic Services, Enhancing Human Development

PRRM helps build capacities and innovative schemes to enable communities to address their social service needs. In areas of operation where the government has little or no presence, PRRM also facilitates the direct delivery of basic social services to address the immediate needs of the community.


Building community-managed health systems; training community health workers; community education on the preventive aspects of primary health care and responsible parenthood; establishment of health referral systems; health campaigns (e.g., on environmental sanitation); herbal gardening and herbal medicine preparation; establishment of botika sa barangay (village drugstores); developing community health financing systems.

Family and Child Development

  • Pre-school education program (establishment of pre-school facilities, training of community pre-school teachers, supplemental feeding for malnourished children) in Negros Occidental and Camiguin.
  • Pilot project for an integrated approach against child labor in small-scale mining communities of Camarines Norte (supported by the Finnish government through the International Labour Organisation-International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour or ILO-IPEC).

Small-Scale Infrastructure

Installation of potable water systems; community-managed light infrastructure (e.g., trails, foot bridges, livelihood support infrastructure) in remote communities; training of community technicians.

Sustainable Energy

Development of non-conventional (new and renewable) energy systems to provide electricity to remote villages not reached by commercial power gridlines.

Major Health, Infrastructure, and Energy Projects

  • Community-Based Family Planning and Reproductive Health Project: community-managed health systems models in Nueva Ecija, Bataan, Zambales, Negros Occidental, Camiguin and North Cotabato; supported by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) for four (4) years.
  • Responsible Parenthood Program (RPP): developed community-managed health systems models in Ifugao, Nueva Ecija, Negros Occidental, Camiguin, and North Cotabato; supported by the UNFPA for three (3) years.
  • Botika Sa Barangay (Village Drugstore) Project: implemented in selected barangays of Bataan and in Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya; supported by the Yamagata Taifukyo (Retired Women Teachers Association).
  • Community Health Financing Project: piloting of community health financing scheme in coordination with YAPAK, a people’s organization in one barangay in Nueva Ecija; supported by the Japan People-to-People Aid Movement (P2) for one year.
  • Community-Based Social Marketing for Women’s Health and Safe Motherhood: social marketing component of the Women’s Health and Safe Motherhood Program (WHSMP) of the Department of Health (DOH); implemented in 25 pilot sites in 18 provinces; funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) through Strategic Advantage, Inc. (SAI).
  • Community Based Health Project (CBHP): upgrading capacities of people’s organizations and community health workers in addressing primary health care needs through training and direct support (e.g., provision of medical kits, establishment of health data boards); implemented in Zambales, Albay, Quezon, Negros Occidental, and Nueva Vizcaya; supported by NOVIB.
  • Health and Family Planning Advocacy Project (HAP): aims to mobilize interest, commitment, and resources to ensure better family planning and health impact; a three-year project in eight (8) partner areas supported by the David and Lucille Packard Foundation.
  • Translate Resource Interest and Commitment (TRICOM) Project: a three-year follow-through project to the HAP implemented in ten (10) partner areas.
  • Community-Managed Expanded Potable Water and Infrastructure Project (CMEPWIP) in Negros Occidental and Nueva Vizcaya: supported by then German Agro Action (GAA), now Welthungerhilfe (WHH), for two and a half years.
  • Micro-hydro power projects: 15 units in 12 villages of Ifugao, benefiting around 150 households; supported by the local government units (LGUs) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
  • El Nido Solar Energy Pilot Project (ENSEPP) benefiting 300 households in Palawan, supported by the Spanish NGO IPADE.
  • Green/Renewable Independent Power Producer Project (GRIPP) in Negros Occidental.


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