Carinderias boom amidst the pandemic

Carinderias boom amid pandemic

Aling Nila Serrano has been operating her carinderia (food stall) for 13 years.  She used to welcome an average of 100 customers daily, but since the coronavirus outbreak, the number of visitors dwindled to 25 to 30. “Noon, mga 10 a.m. pa lang, ubos na ang aming paninda. Dahil sa pandemya, humina ang benta namin […]

Volunteer-powered monitoring system points where relief is needed most

When the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was implemented in the National Capital Region (NCR) in March 2020, the government, private sector and civil society organizations (CSOs) quickly mobilized their resources to help the most vulnerable communities. Relief operations were initiated and the ‘bayanihan spirit’ of the Filipino people was tested.  But the severity of the […]

Nanays lead community-based monitoring in barangays

In the 2018 Philippine Statistics Authority report, the city of Caloocan has the highest poverty incidence in the National Capital Region (NCR). Thirty-two (32) out of 1,000 families do not have livelihood that could provide them income to meet food and non-food needs. What will happen if a crisis like a pandemic hits the poor […]

Health, economic experts open first #PEFtalks

Health, economic experts open first #PEFtalks

Since the onset of the COVID-19, the country has faced challenges that devastated the lives and livelihoods of the Filipinos widening the inequalities everywhere. In the first #PEFtalks organized by the Peace and Equity Foundation, former Department of Health Secretary Dr. Esperanza Cabral and Ateneo School of Government Dean, Dr. Ronald Mendoza talked about the […]

Emergent Learning

Learning through experience: PEF staff

The COVID-19 pandemic is not stopping the staff of the Peace and Equity Foundation from learning.  As the Foundation pivots to online remote work to ensure business continuity, staff learning and development initiatives continue to be a part of PEF’s holistic approach to improve work efficiency and productivity even at this time. Recently, the PEF […]

SEs from a millennial development worker’s point of view

Development work is entirely new to Alfred Escaño. From a knowledge process outsourcing company that deals with legal and financial markets, he now handles the coffee and coastal programs of the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF). Alfred, 25, is one of the youngest staff of the PEF. As a program officer, he identifies practices, standards, […]

Coops extend relief support to IP groups in Mindanao

According to a report from the United Nations*, COVID-19 poses a grave threat to indigenous communities throughout world. Already facing poor access to sanitation and technology, the indigenous people (IP) is one of the most vulnerable sectors in the pandemic. In Mindanao, some cooperatives have supported the IPs in lessening the impact of the pandemic […]

Inside Choco coops’ bittersweet response to pandemic

As the world celebrated Chocolate Day last July 7, the industry itself, like other consumer products was battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, because of restrictions on the supply chain after most of the countries resorted to lockdowns. In the Philippines, local producers were forced to stop or limit processing of cacao products after the declaration […]

Rory Tolentino is new PEF Vice Chair

Ma. Aurora “Rory” Tolentino was elected as the new Vice Chair of the PEF Board during the 86th board meeting on July 23, 2020. She will be filling the vacancy left by Carmencita “Carn” T. Abella until March 2022.  Ms. Tolentino was reelected as part of the Board in March 2019. She first served in […]

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