Heifer The Philippines

Live in Rural Areas

Rely on Agriculture

Live Below the Poverty Line


Approximately 55 percent of the Philippines’ population live in rural areas. The World Bank reports that 32 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods and 42 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes.

Philippines ranks 117 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). About 18 percent of its 100 million people live below the poverty line, or $1.25 a day,
and 20 percent of its children under 5 are malnourished.

5756 Families
Were Assisted in FY2014

Livestock Placed In FY2014

Our Work In The Philippines

In the Philippines, we are at the forefront of eliminating hunger and poverty. We recently launched a 10-year program aimed at moving 200,000 Filipino families out of poverty by 2023. We have already assisted farmer-led cooperatives and more than 20,000 small-scale farmers achieve higher incomes and productivity through community development programs and value chain improvement. We also integrate community managed disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in all projects, enabling communities to participate in disaster risk analysis, plan development and make preparations to mitigate the effects of natural disasters.

Godofredo Bacalso with his daughter and his mother
Godofredo Bacalso with his daughter and his mother discussing the loss of their house after Typhoon Bopha.
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Leadership training, Business acquisition

  • Increased Income

    High-quality livestock, Post-harvest processing, Animal management, Value chain development

  • Social Capital

    Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Cooperative development

  • Nutrition

    Vegetable gardening, Nutrition training

  • Environment

    Natural resource management, Agroecology, Climate change adaptation, Disaster risk reduction

Programs and Projects

  • Developing Sustainable Livelihoods for Food Security and Self Employment of Small Farmers In Leyte
  • Developing Dairy Zones for Smallholder Farmers in the Philippines
  • Strengthening Communities & Local Government Units for Sustainable Economic Development and Climate Change Adaptation
  • Resilience Initiatives through Sustainable Enterprises and Upgrade of Community Preparedness Project (RISE UP)
  • Improving Productivity and Organizational Capacity of Rural Communities for Self-employment and Sustainable Enterprises Project
  • Raising Income of CCT Families through Sustainable Agribusiness (RICSA) Pilot Project
  • Building Resiliency and Sustainable Agribusiness in Typhoon-Damaged Areas of Central Philippines (BRESA- Haiyan Rehab)

Project Partners


  • National Dairy Authority (NDA)
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
  • Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
  • Organization for International Cooperation on Development Projects (DISOP)
  • Fundacion Dessarollo Sustenido (FUNDESO)

Local Implementing Partners

  • Calubian Livelihood Assistance for Development, Inc (CLAD)
  • Mag-uugmad Foundation, Inc (MFI)
  • South Pacific Integrated Area Development Foundation, Inc (SPIADFI)
  • Rural Development Institute-Leyte (RDI)
  • International Association for Transformation (IAT)
  • Community One Resources Development Inc (CORD)
  • TOUCH Foundation, Inc
  • Luntiaw Mindanaw, Inc. (LMI)
  • Propegemus Foundation, Inc (PFI)
  • Human Economic and Ecological Development Inc.(HEED)


Heifer International Philippines

Heifer International Philippines

Unit 307 Energyopt Building Prime St., Madrigal Business Park 2 Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines

T: 63-2-6594182

F: 63-2-6594183

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