Preparing the next gen of social entrepreneurs

In 2011, twenty-six-year-old Jamir Ocampo founded the social enterprise (SE), Tsaa Laya to provide livelihood to mothers and women relocated from overpopulated Manila. The herbal plants and tea processing facility was established inside a resettlement area in Calauan, Laguna Jamir, now 33, is also the brains behind Roots Katipunan, a co-working space and lifestyle store […]

Learning cacao

Known to have the biggest chunk of cacao production in the country, Davao region naturally boast of active cacao stakeholders, some of whom gathered in a Cacao Learning Exchange in Davao City last 23-24 November 2018.  Facilitated by the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) that has been at the forefront in supporting social enterprises in […]

ZEP calls for partnerships, collaboration to help poor families

On 27 November 2018, Zero Extreme Poverty Philippines 2030 (ZEP 2030) held its General Assembly, following the launch of the network in 2015.  The event reflected the growing passion of its members to create a sustainable and long-term plan to help extremely poor families become self-sufficient.   ZEP 2030, a coalition of civil society-led movement […]

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 […]

Improving Coffee Quality in the Philippines

The Philippines has a rich history of coffee—in fact, it was one of the world’s top coffee-growing nations. Arriving in 1740, coffee spread throughout the Philippines in the ensuing decades, and by the 1860s was being exported to America. In 1880 the Philippines was the fourth-largest exporter of coffee behind Brazil, Africa, and Java, and […]

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