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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 2 Rapid Rural Appraisal: lessons learnt from experiences in Palawan, The Philippines

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 2 Rapid Rural Appraisal: lessons learnt from experiences in Palawan, The Philippines Victoria Ortega-Espaldon and Leonardo M Florece east coast of Palawan. The total land area of · Introduction the barangay (settlement area) ranges from 400 to 600 ha. Sixty percent of the farms in Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) has become highly acceptable in government bureaucracies the three sites have 10-30% slopes and are amid their humble recognition of the gross found within the settlement areas while 40% of failure of traditional or top-down planning. The the farms have 30% slopes and lie below the appreciation of such methods springs from the forest zones. realisation of the importance of a quick method to gather information, for planning and The RRA formulating community projects (Lamug, 1985) and a method to elicit local community The specific objectives of the RRA were: participation at the onset of any development programme. As a methodology it is claimed to · to assess the biophysical and generate accurate and useful information on socioeconomic conditions of the three rural conditions in a more timely and cost sites; effective manner (Chambers, 1980 as cited by · to identify upland development issues and ...

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