Farmers and fisherfolks: Ensuring food security in the time of pandemic

While the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, a sector in the rural frontlines are silently working to ensure that food will always be on every Filipino families’ table: our farmers and fisherfolks. On May 25, the Department of Agriculture formally declared the national observance of Farmers and Fisherfolks Month to pay tribute to the […]

From co-working space hub to e-commerce platform:Young entrepreneurs go online

With the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila, most businesses have to suspend their operations, or their employees have to work remotely at home. The restrictions also forced many to go digital in their everyday lives: from working, to paying bills and buying necessities. It is no wonder that web stores and […]

PEF joins efforts to help urban poor affected by lockdown

According to the World Bank, the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic can push 49 million people into extreme poverty by 2020. (https://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/covid-19-will-hit-poor-hardest-heres-what-we-can-do-about-it) In the Philippines, poor households struggle to find food on their table each day. What more if a pandemic is halting people from working? Such is the plight of the urban poor, most of […]

Coop extends help to Ifugao town amidst COVID-19

Asipulo, Ifugao – While the whole of Luzon remains under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) because of the coronavirus pandemic, the economic activities of the people are still limited: most businesses are closed, and public transportation continue to be suspended. In the rural areas, supply of essential goods such as food can be in danger of […]

Serving the heroes of pandemic

Davao City – Our modern-day heroes who are fighting Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue to be in the frontlines risking their lives to protect us. As of April 27, the Department of Health has recorded 1,245 COVID-19 infected medical personnel while 89 police personnel were infected according to the Philippine National Police. It is no wonder […]

Supporting social enterprises in the time of COVID-19

The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) joins the development sector’s efforts in battling the threats of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) that has affected the country. To alleviate the impact this pandemic has brought to social enterprises, PEF allotted PHP 8 million for relief efforts to its partner communities in different provinces affected by the crisis. […]

PEF, ACDI-VOCA unite for Sultan Kudarat coffee farmers

PEF, ACDI-VOCA unite for Sultan Kudarat coffee farmers

The coffee industry in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat gets a boost with the partnership of the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) and the Agricultural Cooperative Development International-Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA) to increase production and improve quality of coffee beans in the municipality. During the meeting at the Municipal Agriculture Office of the town on […]

women of kalamansig coffee

The women of Kalamansig coffee

The town of Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat is a haven of economic opportunities. The Moro Gulf, where a variety of fish can be harvested such as tuna and bangus (milkfish), serves as the major fishing ground of the coastal communities facing the Gulf.  Both upland and lowland areas are considered agricultural hubs, with corn, banana, […]

Discovering models for inclusive agricultural value chains in Zamboanga Sibugay

As part of the joint action research on agriculture value chains, study teams from PEF and the UP Center for Integrative Development Studies (CIDS), visited the fisherfolk organization Kapunungan sa Gagmay ng Mangingisda sa Concepcion (KGMC) in Zamboanga Sibugay in November. KGMC Chair and community leader Roberto “Ka Dodoy” Ballon presented to the team their […]

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