Community empowerment is high on the current policy agenda of the government. The Department OF Science and Technology is leading the drive to “enable more people to play an active role in the decisions that affect their communities”. Practical mechanisms are being introduced which it is hoped to contribute to community empowerment, such as industry development; health and nutrition; basic education and literacy; public safety, agriculture and fisheries. But we also need a comprehensive understanding of what community empowerment looks and feels like.
DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo said: “Community empowerment is about building active and sustainable communities”. He added “It is about changing structures to remove the barriers that prevent people from participating in the issues that affect their lives.”