Stories

I knew my family wouldn’t starve

December 15, 2023

When disaster strikes, what could be better for the affected communities than a speedy emergency response? One that’s already happened. That’s the idea behind a new approach to cyclones and other hazards that are possible to predict: distributing cash in advance in the communities that lie in harm’s way.

Palawan folk fight for future as world scrambles for critical minerals

December 6, 2023

Moharen Tambiling, an indigenous Palaw’an, was once a supporter of a nickel mine on their ancestral land in southern Palawan. He was initially drawn in by the miner’s promises of job opportunities and development. 

Fulfillment in helping others

August 21, 2023

Maricar Eranista has worked as a barangay health worker (BHW) for 13 years. She and the other BHWs are the front liners in their community regarding health concerns in Umiray, Gen. Nakar, Quezon.

Recovering from Noru: The Dumagat Tribe of Quezon

August 21, 2023

When Super Typhoon Noru hit the provinces of Quezon and Aurora on September 25, 2022, several communities suffered significant damage to infrastructure and homes despite implementing emergency protocols and disaster preparedness and mitigation actions. 

Instilling community ownership

August 21, 2023

Community Organizers Multiversity (COM) is a non-government organization based in Mindanao. Because of its extensive experience in providing humanitarian assistance in difficult-to-reach areas, the CO Multiversity has become one of the reliable partners of Oxfam Pilipinas in implementing its humanitarian programs on the ground.

Sigay: Shining on women’s lives and communities

July 21, 2023

Sigay is a Maguindanaon word which translates to “light” or “liwanag” in Tagalog, and this is exactly what the Sigay Women’s Association, Inc. radiates in their enterprise and their community in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao. 

Collective action towards collective growth

July 19, 2023

More than anything, collective action pushed the M’ranao women of Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur to organize themselves towards social and economic empowerment.

From gardening to dressmaking: A success story

May 12, 2023

Established in 2015, Sugod Multi-sectoral Women’s Association was organized in barangay Sugod Proper, Marawi City with the support of Al Mujaadila Women’s Association (AMWA).

To be empowered is to be financially independent

May 12, 2023

About nine kilometers north of Marawi City lies the Municipality of Saguiaran, where a group of M’ranao women farmers from different barangays organized themselves and established the Saguiaran Turmeric Organization.

How a woman gained the respect of her community

May 12, 2023

The Bamboo Landers Multi-sectoral Rural Workers Association is a multi-sectoral organization with ten active women members based in Buadiposo Buntung, Lanao del Sur.