Our daily operations are managed by competent people who are motivated by love and joy to help transform our land and peoples towards justice and peace.
aka REV. DANN PANTOJA
The “Rev.” before Dann’s name refers more to his being a “revolutionary” than being a “reverend.” Dann Pantoja is beginning to use his Tagalog indigenous name — Lakan Sumulong. This is a statement that our indigenous identities can be a redeeming factor in healing our ‘being’ (that is — who we are as a people); help symbolize our determination to contribute what we ought to be ‘doing’ as a nation (that is — active, non-violent, radical transformation); and, determine how we will prioritize what we will be ‘having’ (that is — inclusive growth and national development based on justice and peace). As As President and CEO, Lakan is our lead dreamweaver and lead learning facilitator in this movement.
Lakan serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer
Asked how he looks at his current journey as a peacebuilding missionary: “My current spiritual journey has led me to commit my energies to help in the transformational development of the people of the Philippines based on a Peace Theology. Submitting to God’s sovereignty and motivated by the love of Jesus Christ, I envision to contribute to the salaam-shalom between various people groups representing different cultures and ideologies in this beautiful land.”
aka LAKAMBINI MAPAYAPA
Joji manages the finances of PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. She runs the business aspects of PBCI both as a living organism and as a set of connected organizational parts forming a complex whole. She turns a vision from an abstract concept into a concrete, efficiently operating structure. She represents PBCI to our global family and partners. Joji is relational, like a mother; but she is very professional, like a competency-based executive. In October of 2017, Lakambini completed her Master of Entrepreneurship in Social Enterprise Development, Ateneo de Manila University – Graduate School of Business. Joji is the lead global connector in this movement.
Joji serves as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Asked what her objective is in running PBCI: “God willing, I’ll grow PBCI as a sustainable peace and reconciliation consulting firm. Growth is my passion. That’s the story of my life — that is, growing holistically in my personal life; growing in marriage with the man I love; growing three little children into responsible entrepreneurial adults; growing in my profession and career; and, growing this community of peacebuilders.“
TWINKLE ‘TALA’ BAUTISTA
Tala is the Pilipino term for ‘star.’ She is a proud member of the Kalinga First Nation and celebrates the fact that she belongs to the Indigenous People (IP). She’s a graduate of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. In 2020, Tala completed her Master of Arts degree in Conflict Transformation at the Eastern Mennonite University—Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Tala is the Chief Operating Officer (on leave) at PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. and also Senior Vice President at Coffee for Peace, Inc.
Tala serves as Director of Partnership Development.
Asked about her dream contributions as a next-generation leader in this movement : “To challenge stock stories; to help in the liberation of our peace and development movement from dependence on external funding; to help concretize what it means to decolonize and localize justice-based peacebuilding; to articulate, among academics, the intersections of peacebuilding and social entrepreneurship; to help us move away from human-centered peacebuilding framework to a holistic framework that includes spirituality and ecology; to develop a beautiful example of learning from practice — praxis; to lead us on an on-going reflection on ‘practice’; to enhance our skills in the use of indigenous research methodology.”
aka JOBELYN P. BASAS
Jobee obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Development from Southern Christian College, Midsayap, Cotabato. She is a proud Erumanen ne Menuvu — one of Mindanao’s indigenous peoples. Her tribal name is Sihaya Ansibod — “The Enlightened One”. Prior to coming to PBCI, she served as a psycho-social worker in an organization advocating and working for children’s rights. She has good working skills in dealing with various kinds of situations, proficient in working with computers, works effectively with PBCI office and field teams, and flexible in adapting changes in new settings. Sihaya is the lead values transformation facilitator in this movement.
Sihaya serves as Director of Field Operations
Asked about her experience working with PBCI staff: “Working with PeaceBuilders is an opportunity to learn new things and also having this unique experience of working with people I consider as family and friends. My co-workers at PeaceBuilders are my family — they love me, appreciate me, and motivate me. They are also friends who accept and respect me. I am happy that I belong to this community.”
MARIA LIGAYA JOSEFINA MOYA ROJO
We call her June for short. She has been serving as a local church pastor for more than 10 years. We got to know her when she served as a volunteer with PBCI for a year. We noticed June’s effective and efficient field leadership. Her community organizing skills have been remarkable. So, the PBCI Management Team agreed to invite her to become one of our field staff members, coordinating our Eastern Mindanao Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) operations.
June serves as PAR Partnership Facilitator and Inclusive Development Mentor
Asked how she’s adjusting from pastoral ministry to peacebuilding ministry: “Peacebuilding ministry puts into action what I have been preaching for years about getting involved in holistic ministry and about being a church outside the walls of the church building.”
MARIECRIS S. DOCDOC
Cris became part of the PBCI-CFP Tribe through the recommendation of her spiritual cell group. There, she’s known as a “woman of deep faith,” “a trustworthy person,” and someone who is “diligent in accomplishing her task.” In 2000, Cris completed her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education from the Northern Mindanao College of Arts, Sciences, and Technology. Before joining PBCI-CFP Tribe, she worked as a teacher and later as a cashier in an international school.
Cris serves as Administrative Officer in our Davao Office
Asked about her expectations as a worker at PBCI-CFP Tribe: I want to see myself serving God and people effectively by doing my best in my office tasks. At times, I would love to join the field operations to see how my office work help them in the field.
He is called Kuya Freddie. He fixes everything at the PeaceBuilders Community Centre. He makes sure that our workplace is a peace and reconciliation workers’ haven characterized by peace, beauty, order, and cleanliness. He’s also our in-house roaster who maintains that our office is flowing with 100% Arabica coffee from 9AM to 5PM. Kuya Freddie has been serving with us since 2007.
Freddie serves in our CentreCare Team – Maintenance
Asked what makes him so enthusiastic about his work at PBCI: “This is my second family. I enjoy being appreciated as I make sure that peacebuilding workers experience being at home when they come back from the field. I also enjoy our daily lunch together as a family.“
FRANI D. CATUA
Frani is a proud Ata Manobo and grew up with PBCI. She started serving with the Pantojas in January 2006 when she was still a teen-ager. When PBCI opened a centre in 2007, she was one of the first full-time employees. She was sent to study hotel and restaurant management at the Philippine Women’s College of Davao. Now a mother of two, she continually surprise us with her healthy, delicious dishes served during our daily community meal, and within our budget.
Frani serves with our CentreCare Team – Food Services
Asked what working with PBCI means to her: “Love. Patience. That’s what I have been experiencing as a spiritual daughter growing up in this community. It’s not just working. It’s being raised up spiritually while serving other people.“