Is there still a need to legislate? A water policy agenda for the Philippines


A. Contreras

Type of Document:
Research Brief


Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)

Date of Publication:

Place of Publication:
Makati City, Philippines


This paper Outlines the recommended policy agenda for water governance in the Philippines based on the various papers written under a joint research project on water management. Three main themes emerged from the papers despite differences in their approaches and focus. One, the papers are unanimous in declaring that there is a water crisis. Two, the water crisis, which is caused by a conjuncture of natural and anthropogenic events and rooted on destructive land-use practices, is aggravated by a flawed governance system characterized by a soft state. And three, while there is a need to strengthen national laws in order to address the water crisis, the need to empower

local government units (LGUs) and communities is clearly recognized. (Excerpts from brief)

Additional Bibliographic Information

Contreras, A. 2002. Is there still a need to legislate? A water policy agenda for the Philippines. PIDS Development Research News. 20(4): 1-4,7.

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