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.
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 serves with our CentreCare Team – Food Services
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.
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.“
PAULA ANDREA J. GANCERO
Pau is our in-house artist, finance and administrative person in the office. She is quiet and passionate young lady whose dream is “to become a successful entrepreneur that could help introverted people like me to have a safe place to work and enjoy what they like.” In 2020, Pau earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from the College of Development Management at the University of Southern Philippines, Davao City. What impressed us most about Pau is her high standard of personal integrity. “Learning and understanding morality for me,” she asserts, “is necessary to live a life aligned to any culture because having good morals could make a better change for yourself and for others.”
Pau serves as Administrative Officer, PBCI-CFP Inclusive Development Team.
Asked what part of her life-journey that prompted her to be a part of an inclusive development team: “My college education gave me the idea of having a business that can promote our local farmers’ businesses, and it has given me the idea of enhancing our farmers’ knowledge by guiding and teaching them through a simple partnership program with the help from an organization.“
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, Eastern Mindanao
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.”
aka SIHAYA ANSIBOD
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 (On Maternity Leave)
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.”
TWINKLE “TALA” BAUTISTA
Tala is the Pilipino term for ‘star.’ She is a proud member of the Sumacher First Nation in the Kalinga Province and celebrates the fact that she belongs to the Indigenous People (IP) of this archipelago. 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, USA.
Tala serves as Director of Partnership Development.
Asked about her dream contributions as one of the next-generation-leaders 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.”
JOSEPH ASTROPHEL ‘KA BOYET’ ONGKIKO
Joseph is known among pastors and Christian leaders in the Philippines as an effective leadership development teacher. He’s ‘Ka Boyet’ to his family and friends. He completed his bachelors degree in Development Communications and masters degree in Development Management from the University of the Philippines. He was the former Director for Transformational Development at the Asian School of Development and Cross-Cultural Studies (ASDECS).
Ka Boyet serves as Executive Vice President – Organizational & Program Development
Asked about his perspective of our relationship and harmony as human beings, he said: Wherever we are and regardless of what we are into, we share the same heart – created in God’s image – with inherent value and dignity as human beings. Our lives are joined together and we share each other’s joy as well as each other’s pain.
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. In 2020, she was chosen as one of the three Honourees of the prestigious Oslo-based Business for Peace Awards.
Joji serves as our Executive Vice President – Business and Finance
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.“
aka REV. LUIS DANIEL “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 the visionary and founder of this organization, Lakan is our lead dreamweaver and lead learning facilitator in this movement.
Lakan is our Founding 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 the Creator’s sovereignty and motivated by the love of Jesus, I envision to contribute to the salaam-shalom between various people groups representing different cultures and ideologies in this beautiful land.”