John Francia



John Francia is the President of Woven. He is also the Executive Director of the Social Economy and Action Research Foundation (SEARCH), which specializes in planning, implementing, and documenting community-based enterprise initiatives.


When super-typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013, he was tasked to visit Samar and create an area development plan for the devastated towns - a project spearheaded by ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya. It was there that he met the famous banig weavers of Basey. Shortly after, he became a Jesuit volunteer and spent a year in the community, helping the weavers earn a living from their craft. When he came back to Manila, he co-founded Woven with Trish Lim to continue the work he had started.

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The Bahay Kubo Program: Food Sustainability for Rural Communities

The technical term for the bahay kubo style is integrated and diversified farming, and this is something that SEARCH has been pushing for in other areas. It is a way for farmers to survive and even thrive regardless of their income level or the state of the national economy. And with the economic downturn caused by the much needed quarantine, our rural communities need to practice farming for self-sustenance more than ever.

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