San Isidro to be the cacao capital of Davao del Norte

Local agricultural players pledged to make the municipality of San Isidro become the “cacao capital of Davao del Norte” in a stakeholders forum organized by the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) last June 19. Representatives from the local government, business sector, community leaders, farmers and PEF trustees as well as its program committee members met […]

New fishing boats, gears bring better income to fisherfolks in Quezon

The coastal communities in the Quezon province are gifted with rich natural resources, both in land and sea. It is a major coconut producer and fishing thrives in Tayabas Bay. Despite these advantages, the province still has the highest poverty incidence in Region IV-A. With the limited capital and skills, there is simply no means […]

PEF joins 1st World Coconut Congress Exhibition

The United Coconut Associations of the Philippines Inc. (UCAP) in partnership with Philippine Coconut Authority (PSA) organized the World Coconut Congress 2018 Conference & Exhibition on August 14-16, 2018 at SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines. Peace & Equity Foundation participated in the exhibition which gave its coconut SE (social […]

Preparing for Growth

Even social enterprises (SEs) that show great growth potential fail to make the most of existing market opportunities because of their limited capacity to expand. This is particularly true for SEs in the agriculture sector. Green Life Coconut Products Philippines Inc. started as a sole proprietorship in Quezon Province in 2001, and was incorporated in […]

Tapping the Coconut Tree to Green the Lives of Farmers

The Philippines is the second biggest coconut producing country in the world. Yet, around 60% of this agricultural industry’s farmers, workers and their families struggle for daily survival. Francisco Rubio, founder and chief executive officer of Green Life Coco Products, Inc. (GreenLife) in Tayabas, Quezon province, knows this reality pretty well.  The son of a […]


Coco Technologies Corporation: Community nets profit

In the 1990s, the dean of a small college learned to his dismay that his region of Bicol, although rich in agricultural resources, was among the poorest places in the country. Faced with dismal statistics, Justino Arboleda, dean of the College of Agriculture in Bicol University and an agricultural engineering graduate from the Tokyo University, […]

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