OUR MANGYAN FARMING PARTNERS VISIT DAVAO FOR PAR AND INCLU-DEV TRAINING

The inclusive development dream started with Carina Calata Pe, a business entrepreneur in the field of information technology, and her daughter, Danielle Patricia, who is a social psychologist. They both participated in one of the Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Seminars conducted by my Ama, Lakan Sumulong, in Manila in 2017. “That PAR seminar disturbed me in my own comfort zone,” testified Carina. “And I started praying for God’s leading to apply what I’ve learned.”

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MINDANAO PEACE ADVOCATES GATHER FOR HOLISTIC HEALING

The Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW) and the All-Out Peace (AOP) Network, with the leadership of the Initiatives for International Dialogue(IID), spearheaded a solidarity gathering of Mindanao survivors, defenders and healers last 23-25 January 2019 in Davao City. Dubbed as Healing the Past: Mindanaw Survivors Solidarity Assembly, the invitation states that this is “a solidarity gathering and consensus building exercise of Mindanao survivors of the armed conflict and human rights violations — past and present.”

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JOJI SERVES AS PLENARY SPEAKER AT THE 2019 LEARNING CONFERENCE

Last 15 January 2019, Joji served as plenary speaker at the Learning Conference 2019 which was held at the Mary Hill Retreat Center, Taytay, Rizal. This conference was organized by the Asian School of Development and Cross-Cultural Studies (ASDECS) in partnership with Kabalikat Para sa Maunlad na Buhay, Inc. The conference theme was “Conspiracy of the Wise Builders” — it’s about building sustainable, regenerating, and transformational communities.

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ENDING THE YEAR 2018 WITH A POSITIVE NOTE

A sense of hope, more than being merry, characterized our Christmas celebrations. We’ve counted our blessings and realized how much we have been blessed for the whole 2018. There were so many positive events and opportunities to serve the people that led us to be grateful to the Creator and to our partner communities.

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MAY THE CHARACTER OF THE PRINCE OF PEACE BRING HOPE THIS CHRISTMAS 2018

Christmas may not be merry among most Filipino families. These children sleeping on street islands reflect the suffering of most Filipinos because of soaring prices and a weakening economy — the result of greed-oriented policies and corrupt system of governance. But we still shout, with much conviction, that in the midst of these painful realities, God is with us. Immanu El! The Creator chose to visit us as a human being. The Eternal One chose to dwell with us as a mortal. This is Hope Incarnate!

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RESPONDING TO EO 70 WITH OUR IMAGINATION OF ‘INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE PEACE’

Executive Order 70 will surely affect our active, nonviolent field operations as Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) workers. EO 70 uses novel terminologies such as ‘whole-of-nation approach,’ ‘inclusive and sustainable peace,’ ‘end local armed conflict,’ and ‘national peace framework.’ And yet Martial Law in Mindanao continues. How do we proceed with our work in the context of an increasingly militarizing PAR mission field?

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LISTENING IS THE FIRST ACT OF LOVING, AND BUILDING PEACE WITH, OUR NEIGHBORS

Love necessarily involves listening. Listening is the first act of love. We listen because we love and worship a Creator-God who listens. We listen because it is the initial action we need to demonstrate as we seek to love, and to build peace with, our neighbors.

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ECONOMIC-ECOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION AND BIOSPHERE CONSCIOUSNESS

Economic-ecological transformation is the process of profound and radical change that orients our means of livelihood and our management of creation in a new direction — towards biosphere consciousness. And this consciousness needs to be guided and be energized by the values of the Rule of the Great Creator — like spiritually-rooted hope, justice-based liberation, patient activism, and unconditional love.

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‘COFFEE FOR PEACE’ IS CHOSEN AS PART OF THE INNOVATION FOR SOCIAL IMPACT PARTNERSHIP

Coffee for Peace, Inc. has been chosen as one of the 10 out of the 280 social enterprises who will be part of the Innovation for Social Impact Partnership (ISIP) — an initiative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in partnership with Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev). This 6-month program aims “to support promising innovative social enterprises in the Philippines to collectively contribute to the achievement, acceleration, and sustainability of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

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BLESSED HOPE COFFEE ASSOCIATION COMPLETES PHASE TWO OF PBSL’S SOUTH PEACE EQUIPPING PROGRAM

PeaceBuilders School of Leadership (PBSL) started its new SouthPeace Equipping program focusing on developing individuals and groups who are ready to be trained as social entrepreneurs. The two-year program consists of Entrepreneurial Introspection & Ideation; Introduction to Inclusive Development; Basic Social Entrepreneurial Skills; and, Proposal Writing for Social Business. These skills are imparted to the participants along with a set of ethical values we call Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Principles and Practices.

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WOMEN LEADERS FROM UNITED IP COMMUNITIES ORGANIZE PEACE FORUM

The Kamalitanan Te Matigasalog, Manobo, Kalumanen Tribes Ne Megsabeka (KMMKM) or United Women of Matigsalog, Manobo, Kulamanen Tribes organized a Multi-Stakeholders Peace Forum and Dialogue last 24 October 2018 to provide an opportunity for members of indigenous communities in the tri-boundary of North Cotabato, Bukidnon and Davao City to meet and dialogue with government, the military, and peace advocate groups.

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MARAWI: LIBERATION THAT TURNED OUT TO BE AN OCCUPATION

“October 17, 2017 was supposed to be liberation but it turned out to be liberation for another occupation. Occupation in the sense that people are continuously demanding for safe and dignified return. Occupation in the sense that rehabilitation’s framework is not IDP-centered. Occupation in the sense that rehab start is continuously being postponed. Occupation in the sense that military is occupying the ground zero and there is ongoing construction of a military garrison.” ~ Dr. Tirmizy Abdullah, Professor of History, Mindanao State University, Marawi City.

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OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

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