Monitoring the BALANCED-Philippines Project: Promising Results after only 18 Months

This report demonstrates the results and impacts from population, health and environment (PHE) initiatives in the Philippines. Since 2010, USAID/Philippines has supported the BALANCED-Philippines Project, which works in two geographic areas: the Danajon Bank (DB) Marine Bioregion in Bohol and the Verde Island Passage (VIP). Danajon Bank is described as one of only three double-barriers reefs in the Indo-Pacific region while VIP is considered the center  of the world’s shore fish diversity. 

This report compares the findings of surveys conducted in 2011 and 2013 to assess the results and impacts of the BALANCED-Philippines Project. Throughout the project, BALANCED-Philippines has delivered community-based family planning (FP) to municipalities in the DB and VIP with ongoing coastal/fisheries management activities in existing or maintenance sites and new sites.  BALANCED- Philippines provided the full packet of FP/Reproductive Health (RH) services including PHE advocacy; community-based distribution of FP products; peer education, behavior change communication that with integrated FP and environmental messages; and monitoring and supervision. This approach replicated the public-private PHE model that was developed and refined under a previous PHE project implemented by BALANCED Project partner Path Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PFPI).


The BALANCED Project
Pollnac, R., Andaya, M., Castro, J., Torell, E. and Elsner, B.