This 11th Rapid Field Appraisal of Decentralization examines the results of decentralization nineteen years after the enactment of the Local Government Code of 1991. The Code was a landmark in the history of the Philippines, ushering in a revolution in governance by devolving authority and resources to local governments for basic health care, social services, agricultural extension work, and the management of the environment. To the Code have been attributed broad changes in local governance, the most important of which is the entrenchment of democracy in the Philippines since the People Power Revolution of 1986.
From 1992 to 2000, ten Rapid Field Appraisals (RFAs) were conducted to capture the trends and constraints of decentralization in the Philippines. The RFA was initially used by the Local Development Assistance Program (LDAP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to help set in motion the initial process for implementation of the Code in the early 1990s. As a monitoring tool, the RFA was subsequently used by the USAID-funded Governance and Local Democracy (GOLD) project to produce a wealth of information. The RFA gives decision-makers field-level perspective (rather than anecdotal viewpoints based on second-hand information) on what is happening throughout the country in the process of Local Government Code implementation.
|Source Institution||The Asia Foundation|
|Place of Publication||Manila|
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