From hardship to relief

To add to the meager income she and her husband get from fishing, Myra Suarez Yopyop, 42, had to sell some of their catch to her neighbors. “Ginagawa ko po minsan, kalahating kilo na lang ang binebenta dahil wala talagang bumibili (kapag isang kilo),” she said. “Nung dumating sa’min yung project ng PEF, malaki po […]

PEF pours PHP 55 million worth of projects in Mindanao for 2018

The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) approved PHP 54.7 million for 22 projects in Mindanao for 2018, a 353% increase from the previous year according to its recently released annual report. Of these, 20 projects will support cacao, coconut, and coffee production and marketing, as well as basic social services in Mindanao. The biggest project […]

San Isidro farmers undergo farm practices trainings

The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), in partnership with Cocolink, spearheaded a series of agro-enterprise trainings in San Isidro, Davao del Norte last July 25-30, 2019 to boost farmers’ knowledge on best coconut farming practices. Fifteen (15) farmer-members of Laak Multipurpose Cooperative (LAMPCO) learned how to make vermicast organic fertilizers with hands-on demo on setting […]

Increase of income seen for fisherfolks in Padre Burgos

“Ang aking kita noon na PHP 200, ngayon PHP 500 (a day) na.”  Obet Ocampo, 55, is one of the 24 beneficiaries of fiberglass boats and fishing gears provided by PEF as a subsidized loan. He also manages the fishpond that produces grouper and lapu-lapu. “Dahil mayroon ng fishpond, mayroon kaming pinagkakakitaan kahit hindi kami […]

Farmers benefit from GAP, leadership training

Eduardo Gonzaga, chair of LAMPCO Management Consultative Council in Sawata, said the new ideas and practices learned in training will be adopted in his 2.6-hectare coconut and cacao farm. “Dapat pagdating mo sa farm galing sa training, nasa isip mo na dapat magamit mo ‘yung natutunan mo kasi kahit ilang beses ka pa sumama sa […]

Celebrating the Gift of Partnerships

Mr. Benjamin Abadiano (General Assembly, 21 March 2019, Microtel, UP Technohub, Diliman, Quezon City)  In the mountains of Himamaylan in Negros Occidental is a place called Tigbao where a community of Indigenous Peoples (IP) have been living in extreme poverty for many years. In 2018, the Peace and Equity Foundation and Assisi Development Foundation started […]

Educational, health and medical benefits for sugar farmers sought

In her desire to provide a “decent living” for the country’s 62,000 sugar farmers, Negros Occidental Rep. Ma. Lourdes “Marilou” Arroyo has batted for the expansion of the government’s socio-economic program to address their educational, health and medical needs. She said the government should strengthen the rights of the sugar workers by augmenting their income […]