TUBA, Benguet – Alagang Kapatid, a program that airs on TV5 every Saturday at 2:00 pm, will feature Philex Group Foundation’s livelihood program: KapeBuhayan.
Ms. Cheryl Cosim, the show’s program host expressed a keen interest in the entire process involved in the coffee business. She walked through the stages involved: from farming to roasting and cupping of coffee products. Ms. Cosim, an avid coffee drinker, appreciated understanding the method involved in bringing the coffee to the household.
KapeBuhayan is a livelihood program geared towards farmers in the outlying communities of Philex mines in Tuba, Benguet. PGFI has provided training on Arabica coffee growing, farm rehabilitation, harvesting, and processing to five partner-farmers. The harvested beans are bought by Philex Group Foundation’s social enterprise: Px Community Foods & Marketing, Inc. for roasting and marketing.
The Foundation has also established a roasting facility, which operates as both a business and training center. The coffee are roasted and packed by PxCFMI’s operator-trainers, who are graduates of another livelihood program implemented by PGFI.
Alagang Kapatid will showcase how KapeBuhayan has impacted the socio-economic lives of the partner-farmers and operator-trainers.
Philex Group Foundation, Inc. is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Philex Mining Corporation. As such, the Foundation serves as another avenue for the Company’s CSR.
The Foundation implements programs geared towards sustainable socio-economic development of its partner-communities.
PGFI is accredited and licensed by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification and the Cordillera Office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, respectively, and a member of the League of Corporate Foundations.
By Dexter A. See