Lakan & Lakambini

Dann (Lakan) & Joji (Lakambini) are peacebuilding missionaries commissioned by Mennonite Church Canada. They are assigned to the Philippines to lead a team of inclusive development consultants whose various tasks are framed in Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Principles and Practices. Their work is embodied in a non-profit organization called PeaceBuilders Community Inc. They also co-founded CoffeeForPeace.Com, a for-profit business corporation, to help indigenous farmers in the Philippines produce, process, and market their products in accordance with inclusive and sustainable development principles.

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PEACE AND RECONCILIATION THROUGH INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Like eagles with renewed wings in our 60s, we feel re-energized as we were signing up for a new three-year term as church-based peacebuilding workers. We did a content analysis of our current work as partners in this ministry, as married couple, and as fellow professionals in our respective fields. The dominant terms that floated were Peace and Reconciliation, Inclusive Development, and Social Entrepreneurship. Once more, we’re able to define and to clarify the basic concepts and activities involved in our Covenant of Service (2021-2024) with Mennonite Church Canada Witness. We are grateful for this blessing and are excited to be entrusted with an exciting set of field responsibilities.

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Permanent link to this article: https://peacebuilderscommunity.org/2021/05/peace-and-reconciliation-through-inclusive-development-and-social-entrepreneurship/

FOUNDING LEADERS OF KAPEYAPAAN FARMERS ASSOCIATION IN ALEGRE START THEIR TRAINING

The founding leaders of Kapeyapaan Farmers Association in Barangay Alegre (KFA-Alegre), Bansalan, Davao del Sur started their six-month training. This program happens from January to June 2021. The participants are among the strategically qualified group of farmers. We have secured proper coordination with government authorities and the provincial tribal leadership regarding our purposes, objectives, and operational procedures, especially our compliance with public health safety protocols.

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Permanent link to this article: https://peacebuilderscommunity.org/2021/01/founding-leaders-of-kapeyapaan-farmers-association-alegre-start-their-training/

FOR US, THE ADVENT EXPRESSES OUR JOURNEY IN CHRIST-CENTERED PEACEBUILDING

We join the Christians around the world in celebrating the Advent or Coming of Jesus. During the four Sundays preceding Christmas, we lit the candles on our Advent wreath. Hope. Love. Joy. Peace. Then on Christmas Day, we lit the Christ candle. For us, this progressive lighting of candles symbolizes our journey in Christ-centered peacebuilding. This expresses our sense of expectation. This is our witness and a declaration of the coming of the Prince of Peace – Jesus Christ!

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Permanent link to this article: https://peacebuilderscommunity.org/2020/12/for-us-the-advent-expresses-our-journey-in-christ-centered-peacebuilding/

PBCI ORGANIZES FOR IMMEDIATE AND LONG-TERM DISASTER RESPONSE IN CAGAYAN VALLEY

We are raising funds for the families and communities affected by Typhoon Ulysses that caused floods and destruction of homes among thousands of families here in the Philippines. PBCI will focus on Northern Luzon, specifically Tuguegarao City and the heavily flooded Cagayan Valley. As of Saturday, 14 November 2020, the Tuguegarao Command Center reported that the whole city was submerged underwater, affecting 30,332 families, submerging the home of 28,676 families, with only 536 evacuated into LGU evacuation centers.

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Permanent link to this article: https://peacebuilderscommunity.org/2020/11/pbci-organizes-for-immediate-and-long-term-disaster-response-in-cagayan-valley/

OUR COMMUNITY CELEBRATES AS SIHAYA AND ALDREN EXCHANGE MARRIAGE VOWS

18 November 2020 — Earlier today, Aldren Banal and Sihaya Ansibod exchanged their marriage vows before the Creator and before a limited number of family members and friends. The wedding was held at the Ascension of the Lord Parish in the Archdiocese of Davao. There were only 25 people who were invited due to the necessary public health protocols. However, the rest of the family and the community joined later and celebrated the new united life of Aldren and Sihaya.

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Permanent link to this article: https://peacebuilderscommunity.org/2020/11/our-community-celebrates-as-sihaya-and-aldren-exchange-marriage-vows/

WE STARTED A DIALOGUE WITH TESDA-XI TOWARDS A JUSTICE- AND PEACE-BASED FARMERS’ TRAINING PROGRAM

We started having a dialogue with Regional Director Lorenzo G. Macapili of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Region XI (TESDA XI). Today, Monday, 28 September 2020, he visited the Malipayon Peace Hub, our post-harvest processing plant. He laid down the requirements and processes towards TESDA’s accreditation of our farmers’ training programs. While firmly standing on our spiritual convictions and ethical principles, we will seek to comply with all the requirements and procedures shared with us.

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Permanent link to this article: https://peacebuilderscommunity.org/2020/09/we-started-a-dialogue-with-tesda-xi-towards-a-justice-and-peace-based-farmers-training-program/

‘COFFEE FOR PEACE CAFE’ REOPENS WITH APPROPRIATE PUBLIC HEALTH SAFETY PROTOCOL

We’re happy to announce that Coffee for Peace Cafe, our social enterprise in Davao City, is now open again. This coffee shop had been closed for five months due to CoViD19 lock down. After reconfiguring our operations and integrating public health safety protocol, we’re ready to serve you. Welcome back!

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Permanent link to this article: https://peacebuilderscommunity.org/2020/08/coffee-for-peace-cafe-reopens-with-appropriate-public-health-safety-protocol/

PBCI-CFP FAMILY GIVES BIRTH TO WOMEN’S SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INITIATIVES AS A RESPONSE TO COVID19 REALITIES

The message of Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) is articulated and demonstrated even in the midst of CoViD19 public health crisis and the growing unjust governance in our land. This is particularly made possible by 7 budding women entrepreneurs who are being mentored by the PBCI-CFP Tribe. They are Mary, Sihaya, Annie, Wanay, Mandy, Bennette, and Diane. They are developing their own micro-enterprise and have been marketing their products and experiencing encouraging results.

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Permanent link to this article: https://peacebuilderscommunity.org/2020/07/pbci-cfp-family-gives-birth-to-womens-social-enterprise-initiatives-as-a-response-to-covid19-realities/

WE’RE GEARING OURSELVES UP TO FACE THE PANDEMIC THREAT AS THE NEW NORMAL

We have to accept and face the new reality. The on-going threat of a global pandemic is the ‘now normal’ and we’ll learn how to be resilient as we live with it. No, this is not a defeatist attitude. We’re being like normal Filipinos. We face some 20 typhoons a year that devastate our lives and livelihood. After each typhoon, we get up. We count our loses—lives and properties. We receive relief. We rebuild. We move on. Then we get ready for the next typhoon. This is life. We cry. We get angry. But we also make jokes about this life and laugh about it.

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Permanent link to this article: https://peacebuilderscommunity.org/2020/04/were-gearing-ourselves-up-to-face-the-pandemic-threat-as-the-new-normal/

OUR PRAYER FOR THE EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR FRAGILE CAPACITY TO SERVE THE URBAN POOR DURING COVID19 CRISIS

We, PBCI-CFP Tribe, are praying and seeking for justice and peace among the poor even in the midst of the CoViD19 crisis. While at work, we’ve assigned workplaces for each team member in our center and we’ve encouraged everyone to stay there unless it’s really necessary to crossover. All our field operations and travel plans are suspended indefinitely.‬ This is our small way to help #FlattenTheCurve.

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Permanent link to this article: https://peacebuilderscommunity.org/2020/03/our-prayer-for-the-effectiveness-of-our-fragile-capacity-to-serve-the-urban-poor-during-covid19-crisis/

WE’RE BLESSED TO BOND WITH IP PARTNER COMMUNITIES DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

It has been our joy to bond with our farming partners among the Bagobo Tagabawa Indigenous People in the Province of Davao del Sur who are affected by earthquakes. We delivered 3 water filter sets in Purok Balutakay, Barangay Managa, Bansalan last 21 December. Last 27 December, we delivered 5 sets of water filters in Barangay Almendras, Municipality of Padada. Then last 28 December, we distributed relief packs to 127 families in Purok Malipayon, Barangay Bansalan and another 65 packs to affected families in Barangay Binaton, Digos City.

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Permanent link to this article: https://peacebuilderscommunity.org/2019/12/were-blessed-to-bond-with-ip-partner-communities-during-the-christmas-season/

PAR VALUES WORK IN OUR INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURIAL TASKS

Our Inclusive Development and Social Entrepreneurial endeavors are framed in Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Principles. PAR is the heart of all our field activities and the energizer behind the enthusiasm of our employees and volunteers. PAR is the set of values that brings cohesion and sustainability among the community leaders, farming partners, and organizations with whom we’re working. PAR is the motivating factor behind the awards and recognition we’ve been receiving as PBCI-CFP Tribe.

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Permanent link to this article: https://peacebuilderscommunity.org/2019/10/par-values-work-in-our-inclusive-development-and-social-entrepreneurship/

OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

We are sent by Mennonite Church Canada Witness in partnership with our international community.