The PEF Story

In 2001, the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO), in its quest to eradicate poverty in the Philippines, founded Peace Equity Access for Community Empowerment Foundation Inc, or Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) through a donation of Php 1.34 billion from the sale of Poverty Eradication and Alleviation Certificates (PEACe Bonds). Guided by its social […]

Getting urban communities up and running again

Getting urban communities up and running again

Due to the economic downturn from the pandemic, poverty and unemployment rates continue to rise. With no jobs and incomes to provide for their needs, families, both in urban and rural communities, are forced to rely on government subsidies and relief packages. One organization has stepped up, seizing the opportunity to make an impact. The […]

Enhancing collaboration with the local government

As PEF pursues its strategic directions in the next three years, collaboration with different stakeholders, particularly the local government, will be vital for the success of its mission. In a webinar held on May 21, 2021, former Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Austere Panadero and former Kalamansig Mayor Ronan Eugene Garcia discussed how […]

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Bringing opportunities to indigenous communities

The municipality of Impasugong is a first-class municipality in Bukidnon. Known as the province, tribal capital, the town is home to different indigenous groups, primarily Higaonons, and other tribes like Talaandig and Umayamnon. While indigenous culture flourish in the town, poverty persists, with 47% poverty incidence reported by Philippine Statistic Authority in 2015.[1] With farming […]

PEF joins conversation on women’s role in entrepreneurship

For 20 years now, the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) has been supporting women-led enterprises. At Impact Hub’s Women NOW, PEF Executive Director Robert Calingo shared that since 2011, more than 50,000 households benefitted through PEF’s support worth P71 million to 19 organizations run by women leaders throughout the country. Women NOW, a webinar about […]

#StopTheSpread: Beating COVID with right information

While the world is currently experiencing the worst surge of the COVID-19 disease, another battle is being fought in social media and other news outlets: “Infodemic” or pandemic of misinformation and conspiracy theories about the virus and vaccines. Infodemic is spreading rumors, unverified videos, and fake news, making people complacent in following minimum health standards […]

Lighting up Sultan Kudarat communities

Lighting up Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani communities

Thousands of off-grid households in the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani are set to gain access to electricity, thanks to the 3,000 solar home system units coursed through South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative (SOCOTECO II) under the Strengthening Off-grid Lighting with Appropriate Renewable Energy Solutions (SOLARES) project on April 19, 2021. During the ceremonial […]

Mapping hazards, enhancing resilience

Mapping hazards, enhancing resilience

When COVID-19 pandemic hit the country, Bagong Silang in Caloocan City was heavily affected, with the highest number of positive cases in the city. Bagong Silang is the biggest barangay in the Philippines in terms of area size and population (246,515 as of 2015, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority) “Sa patuloy na pagtaas ng […]

Cracking the code of collaboration

“Trust building is important. You have to generate goodwill with different stakeholders.” In a learning session on stakeholder collaboration, Liza Lim, PEF board member and Chairperson of the Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas, cited that a good strategy to start collaboration is through partnerships with the local government. As […]

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