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Rice farmers found help from an unlikely ally: ducks

In times of need, turn to your friends – including the feathered kind. Farming is life for most communities in the CARAGA region, and rice is the crop of choice. Nine out of every 10 farmers in this northeastern province of Mindanao are engaged in rice planting, with thousands heavily relying on this harvest as […]

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Finding sweet success by spreading chocolate

The best way to attain a goal is by working with others who share the same dream as yours. This belief sparked the idea for a group of farmers to put up the Subasta Integrated Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Subasta) in Calinan, Davao City. With its members heavily dependent on cacao farming for their livelihood, farmers […]

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Farmers went bananas – and happy about it

When the going gets tough, there’s nothing else you can do but “go bananas”. This is what residents of Magpet town in Cotabato did, and they’re just thankful they did so – literally. As revealed in statistics a few years ago, 97% of Magpet’s 1,600 households were living below the poverty line. That was almost […]

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Palawan’s other secret: liquid gold

When you’re already regarded as the world’s most beautiful island, what can you do next? Easy. Become the world’s sweetest too. Wild honey has long been part of Palawan’s culture and many of its indigenous tribes are seasoned gatherers of this natural product. The original honey cultivators were the Tagbanua, Batak, and Pala’wan tribes. After […]

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Life’s sweeter for sugarcane farmer

Kabankalan, where farmers are faced with poor yield and low income, could take signs from the success story of a farmer whose cane production increased by 40% with net income of PHP 33,000 by adopting the block farming approach.  Albert Domeo, a 53-year old cane sugar farmer, hails from Barangay Tapi, Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. After […]

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“Is doing good, good business?”

In a learning session organized by PEF, 10 of our social enterprise partners found out that putting integrity at the core of business practices can drive growth and sustainability. The one-day workshop was held on 07 June 2018, in partnership with the Foundation for Enterprise Management Innovations, Inc.

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Scoping Visit in Negros Occidental

Cane sugar farmers Benjamin de Guzman and Efren De Leon shared their successful crop diversification business model during the PEF area scoping in Kabankalan City Negros Occidental last June 2018. Mr. de Guzman and Mr. de Leon are Board Members of Occidental Negros Agrarian Reform Cooperative (ONARBCO).  

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Business and civil society leaders join PEF board

Mr. Senen C. Bacani first served in the PEF board from 2001 to 2008 as one of its founding trustees representing the business sector. Since then, he continued his active involvement as a member of the PEF Finance & Investments Committee. Apart from Mr. Bacani’s engagement in various organizations notably Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, Inc., […]

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Scoping for social enterprises in Samar

On May 10, 2018, PEF area officer Alberto P. Roslinda Jr. and SE Institute Manager Merlyn A. Francisco headed to Homonhon Island, a 3-hour boat ride from the Guiuan Eastern Samar port, to meet with calamansi growers (farmers) and local organizations engaged in calamansi processing. The team visited Brgy. Bitaugan where calamansi farming has been […]

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