Feb 20 2016

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The PAR movement in Eastern Mindanao is growing faster than we have anticipated. PAR Bukidnon now have their own coffee buying and processing operations complete with all equipment. Because of this, more coffee farming communities are joining the Coffee For Peace network.

Meanwhile, a number of people’s community organizations are working together towards inclusive development in the areas of various livelihood initiatives, such as: vegetable farming and marketing; bamboo product manufacturing; and, brick-making using silts and palay hull. These are all framed in Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Principles — that is harmony with the Creator (spiritual transformation), with one’s being (psycho-social transformation), with the other (socio-political transformation), and with creation (economic-ecological transformation).

So, our team came to train 14 more PAR community organizers and inclusive development workers from the tri-people of Mindanao. Lumads, Muslims, and Christians articulated and presented Peace and Reconciliation Principles from their respective worldviews, value systems, and behavior patterns.

We also shared hearts and minds with the elders of the PAR Community in Bukidnon about the various inclusive development initiatives.

About the author

Lakambini Mapayapa

Joji Pantoja is beginning to use her Tagalog tribal name -- Lakambini Mapayapa -- as a way of identifying with the struggles of the Indigenous Peoples. Joji’s initial training was in Food Service Administration from the University of Santo Tomas (B.Sc., 1979). She also studied International Relations at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines. She moved to Canada in 1986 and since then developed a successful career in the investment and financial industry. After 20 years, she decided to return to the Philippines, realizing that a sustainable economic development is crucial to our people’s search for just-peace. She believes that genuine, effective peace advocacy must be economically-sustainable. Joji is our Chief Operations Officer at PBCI. She serves concurrently as the Board Chair & CEO of Coffee For Peace, Inc.

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