The Perfect Cup of Coffee

The province of Benguet is known to produce up to 40 percent of vegetables in Luzon.  But in the town of Atok, the residents have set their sights on one agricultural product, coffee. Being part of the Cordillera Mountain Range, the coffee farmers trek through foothills to pick only the red-ripe coffee cherries from the […]

Benguet coop makes a mark in the coffee industry

The Autonomous Cordillera Region straddles the lush and mineral-rich Cordillera Mountain Range and is considered home to one of the best producers of coffee in the country. This recognition is galvanized when Benguet province won three of six awards in the Philippine Coffee Quality Competition in March this year. The cool and refreshing air in Benguet province is […]

Fisherfolks learn sustainable aquaculture practices

For coastal communities who depend heavily on fishing for their livelihood, protecting their marine area and conserving their mangrove forest are vital to sustain their main source of income. The same is true for Padre Burgos in Quezon province. The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), together with the Coalition of Municipal Fisherfolks Association of Zamboanga […]

Sweet success for cacao farmers

The inviting sweet aroma of ‘Sikwate’ or chocolate drink looks deliciously irresistible as it is slowly poured through a ‘batirol’ (a traditional wooden tool to make a chocolate drink), still steaming hot and mouth-watering greeted the visiting PEF team to the cacao processing and development center of Chocolate de San Isidro (CSI).  Without doubt, Sikwate […]

Where bitter turns sweet

Her childhood memory of the small hut where she and her four siblings lived together with her parents was still vivid in the mind of Jean Salazar-de la Torre, the eldest daughter of cacao farmers Ricardo and Erlinda Salazar. “Kung moulan gani, mahinumduman nako akong papa manguha og dahon sa Marang aron itapal sa buslot […]

PEF eyes more agri-aqua enterprises in Quezon province

PEF team, composed of Peter Nabong, Marieanne Itol and Alfred Escaño, joined Yakap at Halik Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) last May to assess the economic systems, available resources, and social services in three towns in Bondoc Peninsula – Padre Burgos, Agdangan and Unisan. The findings from the site visit will help PEF develop possible enterprises on […]

Water taps no longer run dry

With abundant sources of fresh water from most of the town’s rivers and watershed areas, water shouldn’t be scarce in Barili. Yet, according to Magdaleno Bargamento of Kauswagan Water Services & Sanitation Cooperative (KAWSSCO), the coop struggled to provide enough potable water to nearly 2,500 household consumers. “Ang Barili, way problema sa water source; ang […]

Learning Shari’a – compliant microfinance

Shari’a-compliant financing follows the doctrines of the Islamic moral and religious laws collectively called the Shari’a. A learning tour on Shari’a Financing was held in Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia on April 22-30, 2018 Indonesia to learn solutions and approaches in providing sustainable livelihood and services to rural and poor Muslim communities in Mindanao. Representatives from […]

PEF joins 1st World Coconut Congress Exhibition

The United Coconut Associations of the Philippines Inc. (UCAP) in partnership with Philippine Coconut Authority (PSA) organized the World Coconut Congress 2018 Conference & Exhibition on August 14-16, 2018 at SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines. Peace & Equity Foundation participated in the exhibition which gave its coconut SE (social […]

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