Permaculture rooted occasionally in the Philippines as visiting Australian designers shared their thoughts with selective communities and individuals. Some Filipinos were able to get training abroad and started their own projects. Permaculture didn’t take root immediately. It slowly gained ground. Thereafter, organizations followed, such as the Center for Ecozoic Living and Learning (CELL), which blended the new story of creation with permaculture. In 2000, a Belgian national played a key role in setting up the Philippine Permaculture Association, a network and support group of individuals practicing permaculture.
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Bert is the leading force behind the Philippine Permaculture Association. He has been residing in the Philippines for twenty-seven years and has accomplished myriads of permaculture design projects in the country. Common Sense will contain reflections of Bert’s experiences as a permaculturist, who for most of his time immerses in various places, helping communities to design and start their ecological way of life. Permaculture Common Sense will also be the experience of many others, who struggle to get their sustainable agenda in order.
Cholita has been writing and editing materials for the Philippine Permaculture Association for about two years now. She is interested in learning about other people’s experiences with permaculture in the Philippines and in other countries, trying to live sustainably, and establishing the commons. Cholita is updating Permaculture Common Sense and PPA website.
Featured image by Bert Peeters