Livelihood program set for T’bolis in South Cotabato

Seven entities signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide livelihood opportunities and markets to coffee and abaca farmers from upland T’boli communities in South Cotabato. The partnership among the Peace and Equity Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Industry (PFIDI), United Maligang Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Joscual Trading and the […]

Young trainer helps farmers improve their income

Young trainer helps farmers improve their income in coffee

While the agriculture sector is suffering from a shortage of young workers in the industry, Darly Joy Puguon, 22, has decided to pursue her passion and study Bachelor of Agricultural Technology at the Ifugao State University. “Gusto ko talaga magturo sa ibang mga farmers natin para makatulong at kumita sila,” she said. Now a trainer […]

Expanding potential for profit

With the farm practices he learned from the tour in Sagada’s Ola Farms, Philander Miguel, 51, will try to expand planting coffee from half hectare of his coffee farm to one hectare. “Talagang ngayon magtatanim pa kame ng mas marami. ‘Yung farm ko ngayon kulang pa sa asikaso,” he said. To address this, Miguel said […]

Rejuvenating the coffee industry in Cordillera Region

While most farmers in Asipulo, Ifugao, have yet to embrace the practice of rejuvenating coffee trees for better productivity, Ramon Bistol Jr., 48, has decided to cut down the stems of his old trees on February 2018, hoping it would yield better results. “Nagkaroon kami ng learning trip sa Batangas, kung saan ko natutunan at […]

Social enterprises go green

The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), in partnership with Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Region XI, organized a green productivity training last September 20 in Davao City to ensure environmental preservation while maintaining profitability of social enterprises. The training emphasized to 11 social enterprises from Mindanao the threats of climate change and how to […]

Farmers learn best practices in coffee farming

For the coffee industry in Ifugao to be commercially viable, farmers must increase production and upgrade coffee quality first. This is according to the certified Arabica Q grader and trainer, Jennifer Rimando during the two-day technical learning tour at Ola Organic Coffee Farms in Sagada, Mountain Province. Fifteen coffee farmers of Hojap Multipurpose Cooperative (HMPC) […]

PEF pours PHP 55 million worth of projects in Mindanao for 2018

The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) approved PHP 54.7 million for 22 projects in Mindanao for 2018, a 353% increase from the previous year according to its recently released annual report. Of these, 20 projects will support cacao, coconut, and coffee production and marketing, as well as basic social services in Mindanao. The biggest project […]

Thriving Bukidnon coffee industry gets a boost from public and private sectors

Bukidnon is not only the leading coffee producer in the country. The province is also well-known for its world-class coffee beans. On April 13- 14, Lorna Libante, a farmer member of Bayanihan Millennium Multipurpose Cooperative (BMMPC), showcased her Robusta coffee at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Boston, Massachusetts. It’s no wonder why the coffee industry […]

Sweet scent of success for Hojap coffee

Hojap Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Hojap MPC) manager Shirley Tagtag shares how the cooperative grew to become one of the leading coffee producers in Asipulo, Ifugao, through the hard work and determination of its members. “We started as a sari-sari store na ang binebenta namin ay basic needs ng mga tao,” Tagtag said. In 2002, the cooperative […]

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