Beating the pandemic the online way

The effect of COVID-19 pandemic to the economic activity of the country is staggering. Twenty-six percent of businesses closed down based on the survey of the Department of Trade and Industry last July, resulting in more than seven million unemployed workers according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. Despite these alarming figures, one social enterprise is […]

Going nuts against COVID-19

Going nuts against COVID

Quezon – With the sudden high interest for virgin coconut oil (VCO) because of claims to its ability to strengthen the immune system, other coconut products are also gaining prominence for its health benefits and other uses. In Quezon, considered as the country’s coconut capital, consumer products such coco sugar, tuba (coconut wine), vinegar, coco […]

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, […]

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