Coffee farming fuels young IP’s quest to help her community

Sitio “Bagong Buhay” is the name of the village where Flushiela Mae Hupayan, 22, resides. Located in the upland area of Pangantucan, Bukidnon, the sitio is home to a sizable population of indigenous people’s (IP) community, including the Manobo tribe, where she belongs. Most of the households are engaged in farming, with coffee, abaca, and […]

Turning aspirations into reality: A young IP farmer’s journey

From his house in an upland neighborhood high above the mountains, Carlo Casenillas, 23, traveled by foot to his school in Pangantucan Bukidnon Community College. It is a 1.5-kilometer trek that takes about an hour. That was months ago, as he finally graduated in June 2022.  As a member of the Manobo tribe, one of […]

Young leader boosts competitiveness of farmer’s group

Because of its vibrant coffee industry, Sultan Kudarat is dubbed as the “Robusta Capital of the Philippines.”  While coffee farming in the province is powered by farmers who have been planting coffee trees for decades, a new generation of coffee growers are emerging to take the reins. One of them is the leader of an […]

Collaboration to boost Bukidnon’s coffee development

When it comes to local coffee, Bukidnon will always be known for its exceptional quality.  In March 2022, six farmers from Bukidnon won in the Philippine Coffee Quality Competition (PCQC). Five of them came from Bayanihan Millennium Multipurpose Cooperative (BMMPC) in Pangantucan while the other one is from MILALITTRA Farmers Agriculture Cooperative (MILFACO) from Talakag. […]

Collab eyed to sustain value chains in Sultan Kudarat

Collab eyed to sustain value chains in Sultan Kudarat

Situated in the southwestern part of Mindanao, the municipalities of Lebak and Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat are known for their rich natural resources. Their land is ideal for agriculture; it is seldom reached by strong typhoons; and these towns border the Moro Gulf, one of the major fishing grounds in the country.  Despite these advantages, […]

Annual Report 2021

The Peace and Equity Foundation is pleased to share highlights of last year’s successes in its Annual Report 2021. The Annual Report contains stories of PEF’s continuing efforts to support social enterprises and its celebration of its 20th anniversary of bringing Prosperity for Every Family.  To download PEF’s Annual Report 2021, click here.

Indigenous farmers find strength in numbers, defy pandemic

At this time when agriculture is bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, some 300 indigenous farmers in Bukidnon are earning more than ever. These farmers from the impoverished barangays of Dumalaguing, Guihean, Sayawan and Bontongon, locally known as “Dugus-B” in the town of Impasugong, are thriving through product consolidation and collective marketing. “We’re really […]

#CollabWorks: Ifugao coop gets coffee processing center to boost production

Asipulo, Ifugao – Coffee farmers of Hojap Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Hojap MPC) will soon yield higher coffee quality and boost production with the newly constructed Ifugao Coffee Processing and Marketing Enterprise Center. In partnership with the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) and the provincial government of Ifugao, the processing center will help Hojap MPC expand its […]

Annual Report 2020

The Peace and Equity Foundation is pleased to share highlights of last year’s successes in its Annual Report 2020. The Annual Report contains stories of its efforts to help social enterprises amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  To download PEF’s Annual Report 2020, click here.

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