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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 […]

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PEF approves P14M funding for coconut-based industry projects

Of the 55 approved projects of the Peace and Equity Foundation in 2017, five coconut-based industry projects made it to the list. Coconut social enterprises – Coco Husk Innovations Inc., Amazing Foods Corporation, Cocolife Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Coco Deli Coconut Products, and Coco Technologies Corporation – received funding for sustainability of VCO production, expansion, and working […]

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Davao declared PH Chocolate Capital

Home to world-class dark chocolates and supplier of at least 81 percent of the country’s total cacao production, Davao is now the official Cacao and Chocolate Capital of the Philippines. According to the Davao’s Regional Development Council resolution passed on June 9, 2017, cacao production in the region has been increasing since 2010 with an […]

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Turning chocolate into gold

“Five years from now, I’ll be making Bohol literally the island of Chocolates,” says chocolatier Dalareich Polot, manager of Dalareich Food Products and founder of Ginto Fine Chocolates.   A bean to bar chocolate handmade from cacao beans, Dalareich Food Products sourced its tablea, the local name for roasted, ground and molded nibs of fermented […]

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Scanning for opportunities on Shari’a financing

Shari’a-based microfinance has been slowly gaining more women advocates.  This, even as the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which mandates the promotion of Islamic banking, is still awaiting passage at the House of Representatives. At a learning exchange held on November 7, 2017 in Davao City, eleven Moro women leaders from five partner organizations* of the Peace […]

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Indigenous peoples as social entrepreneurs

Indigenous peoples (or IPs) remain one of the most vulnerable sectors in Philippine society. Marginalization, socio-economic injustice, political misrepresentation, and environmental degradation are some of the complex problems that they face. With the growing complexity of these issues and in order to uplift their socio-economic condition, various IP groups have implemented social enterprises (SEs) in […]

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The Women of Kape Maramag

Maramag, Bukidnon. A petite woman with nimble feet, that’s how some people see Lilibeth Puerto Galendez, 49, this empowered woman of the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) Kape Maramag, Inc. as she energetically guided a number of guests among coffee producers from other regions.  It could be this trait that has endeared her among her peers […]

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When North meets South – a Learning Exchange

At the sight of the bountiful green coffee berries, the visitors from the North who are mostly coffee growers could not believe their eyes.  So amazed they were that they could not seem to grasp how coffee trees could grow so low and yet bear so much fruit. What they saw was the coffee farm […]

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Coffee tasting for the enthusiasts at Good News Kapihan

Cupping is said to be a powerful tool for evaluating coffees and broadening our palates. Mr. Robert Francisco, Executive Director of Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (PCBI), not only educated participants about coffee but has given them the actual experience of coffee cupping, during the recent Good News Kapihan held in Commune Café in Makati City […]

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