Learning exchange opens alternatives to coconut farmers

Learning exchange opens alternatives to coconut farmers

The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) spearheaded a learning exchange in Quezon province last August 30 and 31 for coconut players to discover alternative products to market aside from copra that is suffering from low farm gate prices.  Ten participants from the provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Zamboanga del Norte, and Padre Burgos […]

Social enterprise boosts livelihood opportunities to Davao region

Making sure that all stakeholders benefit from businesses through participation in income generating projects in the community is at the heart of a coconut social enterprise (SE) in the Davao region. Lao Integrated Farms, Inc., (LIFI) a major exporter of coconut organic syrup and coconut aminos seasoning to countries such United States, Canada, and Germany, […]

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 […]

San Isidro farmers undergo farm practices trainings

The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), in partnership with Cocolink, spearheaded a series of agro-enterprise trainings in San Isidro, Davao del Norte last July 25-30, 2019 to boost farmers’ knowledge on best coconut farming practices. Fifteen (15) farmer-members of Laak Multipurpose Cooperative (LAMPCO) learned how to make vermicast organic fertilizers with hands-on demo on setting […]

Thousands to benefit from water system rehab in SouthCot

Around 3,000 residents in the municipalities of T’boli and Surallah, South Cotabato will now enjoy 24/7 access to potable water thanks to the rehabilitation and expansion of water systems in four (4) barangays. The existing water system in barangays Lamhaku and neighboring Talufo, T’boli have long suffered from neglect and deterioration, decreasing the time of water […]

Embracing faith and development

When Typhoon Glenda struck the province of Quezon in 2014, the office of Yakap at Halik Multi-Purpose Cooperative 2 (YHMPC2), fondly called as Yakap, was razed to the ground, not even office documents and other important files were spared. “Nawash-out yung files. Pati ‘yung soft copies (nawala),” General Manager Armel Amparo recalled. Despite this calamity, […]

Enterprise opportunities for Padre Burgos’s Bantay Dagat

With the continuous destruction of marine resources and the corresponding loss of livelihood, a group of 13 fisherfolks banded together in 2009 to protect the municipal waters of Tayabas Bay from illegal fishing. Called Ipil Action Group (IAG), the group relentlessly pursued fisherfolks who engaged in illegal and destructive practices such as dynamite fishing and […]

Inclusive growth key to peace and prosperity in Mindanao

An inclusive atmosphere in business is necessary to maintain the gains of peace and continue the enabling environment for prosperity in Mindanao. This was emphasized by Dr. Annette Pelkmans-Balaoing, Escaping the Middle-Income Trap: Chains for Change (EMIT C4C) convenor, during a workshop in UP Diliman on July 12, 2019. “In the context of conflict and […]

The light that LAMPCO brings to farmers

As a liaison officer in San Isidro municipal hall, Loreto Davis, 57, hopes to retire early so he can focus on managing his 1.7-hectare farm with trees of cacao and coconut. With the falling prices of copra, Davis, a member of Small Coconut Farmers Organization (SCFO) in San Isidro, Davao del Norte has been planting […]

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