Hope springs eternal in Kabasalan water project

For her family’s daily water supply, Melba Acotanza, a resident of barangay  Concepcion in Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, relied on the existing water system in their area for years. But water tanks are sometimes empty, which means they have to buy gallons of water from private suppliers.  “Kapag walang ulan ng isang linggo, nawawalan ng tubig. […]

Enabling innovation for Guimba farmers

In an endless expanse of gold and green along the plains of Guimba, rice farmers are working double time work on the fields. To them, the exposure to the sizzling summer heat is just a small price to pay for their long-awaited fruits of labor.  This cycle’s harvest is pivotal for the farmers: the current […]

Continuing Marissa Camacho’s legacy by empowering women

On its 21st founding anniversary on November 29, 2022, the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) awarded the Marissa Camacho Legacy Fund (MCLF) to Kabuhayan sa Ganap na Kasarinlan Credit and Savings Cooperative (KCOOP). The Marissa Camacho Legacy Fund is a Php22 million fund for advancing women entrepreneurship and supporting social enterprise innovation, youth leadership, and […]

Supporting cooperative’s push for food security

In an endless expanse of gold and green along the plains of Guimba, rice farmers are getting ready for the harvest. To them, the exposure to the sizzling summer heat is just a small price to pay for long-awaited fruits of their labor. The harvest season may have been a festival of sorts as imagined […]

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. […]

Bringing back the use of clean energy in Mindanao

In a report by the Department of Energy in 2021, 31% of installed energy capacity of Mindanao comes from renewable energy sources as of 2020. This was way lower than the 2011 data, where 65% of the total power generation mix in the island came from clean power. Over the years, the continued power supply […]

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