ZEP has been present in the province through its individual members, notably the Del Monte Foundation Inc. (DMFI) which has implemented the ZEP way in Sumilao town. Aiming to deepen the work in the province, DMFI convened national and local NGOs to bring ZEP into other municipalities.
- 73,442 poor families (2018)
- Poverty incidence slashed in half to 22.3% in 3 years
- High vulnerability: 52% of poor lost incomes during COVID19
- Del Monte Foundation convened 16 organizatons to form the Bukidnon Convergence
- “Adopt-a-town” strategy to accelerate spread of ZEP
- DMFI, other local NGOs part of local development councils in key Bukidnon LGUs
Visualization of Available Poverty Data
According to the ZEP-UNDP COVID Pulse PH Survey, 52% of the Covid Pulse PH respondents in Bukidnon expressed in Q1 2021 that their income worsened compared to the previous year, and a noticeable 18% claimed to have improved income. Meanwhile, 36% have lost their jobs or were forced to close down their businesses. Despite the decline in income, few respondents have expressed a certain level of recovery from the pandemic, and reasons for improvement were attributed to receiving support from the government, going back to their previous jobs, and having sideline work/businesses. What remains to be the main obstacle to economic recovery is the irregularity of income due to prevailing COVID-19 restrictions.
COVID Pulse PH Survey Findings
Success Stories from the Field
It is hard to imagine how a province known as the food basket in the Northern Mindanao region was considered one of the poorest in 2015. Bukidnon, with its majestic mountains spanning the Kitanglad Mountain Range and large swaths of land teeming with native pineapples and bananas, is undoubtedly rich in natural resources. But despite this seeming abundance, poverty incidence in Bukidnon was at its highest at 54.1 percent not more than six years ago.
Then came a dramatic shift in 2018 when the poverty rate in Bukidnon fell to 32.1 percent. The government attributed the decline to the increase in government spending and investments in infrastructure and social protection programs for the poor. While that may have been the case, there may be other factors at play, invisible hands working on the ground to help push for pro-poor programs and services for the communities who need them most.
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Map of Local Convergence Members
ZEP Bukidnon Convergence Members
Del Monte Foundation, Inc. (DMFI)
Dole Philippines, Inc. (Dolefil)
Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC)
Forest Foundation Philippines
Foundation for a Sustainable Society, Inc. (FSSI)
Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE)
KAANIB Foundation, Inc.
Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF)
Samdhana Institute Philippines
Kasilak Development Foundation, Inc.
Mahintana Foundation, Inc.
Xavier Science Foundation, Inc.
ZEP Bukidnon in the New Normal
To collaborate with the ZEP Bukidnon Convergence, reach out to Love Escobido of DMFI at firstname.lastname@example.org