16th General Assembly highlights stories of hope

PEF Executive Director, Roberto R. Calingo, presented to the General Assembly (GA) the Foundation’s achievements in 2017 to bring the organization to its goal of creating sustainable households. “PEF focused on eight geographical areas for four priority agricultural crops – cacao, coffee, coconut, and cane sugar (collectively known as C4) that generated 107 prospects, and approval of 12 projects, which is equivalent to 12% prospective pipeline partners benefitting 1,620 households”.

For 2018, PEF will continue exploring effective models for scaling social impact on communities. Aside from C4, PEF will also explore potential partnerships in coastal resource management; build water system in Barili, Cebu; Calinan, Davao City; Surallah and Tiboli both in South Cotabato with Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines; and strengthen partnerships on Shari’a financing with Muslim communities in Mindanao.

For the first time, the annual meeting featured stories of two SE partners who shared their journey in dealing with challenges and opportunities, so that they can make a difference in their respective communities – Bohol’s chocolate princess Dalareich Polot and proud T’boli from Lake Sebu, Jenita Eko. With their entrepreneurial acumen, Dalereich and Jenita saw ways to help others, and in turn, created opportunities for the poor to cultivate wealth around them.

More of Dalareich’s story at Turning chocolate into gold.