Joji (aka Lakambini Mapayapa) graduated from the University of Santo Tomas (B.Sc., 1979). She also studied International Relations at the University of the Philippines. She moved to Canada in 1986 and since then developed a successful career in the investment and financial industry. She returned to the Philippines in 2006. As CEO of Coffee For Peace, Inc., she became the Women Entrepreneur Winner of CitiBank-Business in Development Network, Philippines in 2010. She also received, in 2015, an N-Peace Award from the United Nations Development Program – Impact Investment Exchange Asia (UNDP-IIXAsia) in behalf of the women who comprise the 80 percent of the farming farmers of Coffee For Peace, Inc. She was invited for the N-Peace Awards Ceremony at One UN Hotel, New York, NY. In October of 2017, Lakambini completed her Master of Entrepreneurship in Social Enterprise Development, Ateneo de Manila University – Graduate School of Business.
Asked why she left her career in Vancouver, Canada for Mindanao: “I can’t imagine having a summary of my life printed on my tombstone as: ‘Spent her life managing rich people’s money.’ I want to be remembered as: ‘A person who walked with the people as they find dignity through sustainable economic development.’”
Two of the young inclusive development leaders we’re training — Sihaya Ansibod (Erumanen Menuvu, North Cotabato) and Twinkle Alngag Bautista (Sumacher, Kalinga) — represented CFP at the BPI Sinag Accelerate 2017’s final social entrepreneurial booth camp. Last 10 November 2017, they competed with other leading young entrepreneurs from across the country. Their business plan made it to the Top Five Winners with a cash prize of PhP500,000 (around C$12,000).
SIHAYA ANSIBOD (aka JOBELYN P. BASAS)
Jobee obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Development from Southern Christian College, Midsayap, Cotabato. She is a proud Aromanen Manobo — 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.
TWINKLE ‘TALA’ BAUTISTA
We call her Tala — the Pilipino term for star. Tala is a proud member of the Sumacher Tribe in Kalinga province and celebrates the fact that she belongs to the Indigenous People: “I’m an IP!” She’s a graduate of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. At an early age, she dreamed to be a missionary. Now that she’s part of PeaceBuilders Community, she testifies with much excitement that she is a Peacebuilding Missionary!
“BPI Sinag,” according to their website, “caters to entrepreneurs of all ages looking to make a difference. Created to discover, equip, and empower social entrepreneurs who can help uplift Filipino communities, this year’s BPI Sinag will focus on enabling these entrepreneurs to scale-up and expand, so they can further deepen their impact in community development. With this in mind, BPI Sinag Year Three will go beyond holding an enterprise competition and bootcamp, and move into building a social enterprise ecosystem.”
Based on Sihaya’s and Tala’s business plan, the award money will be used as part of Coffee For Peace’s capital to expand our post harvest processing plant among the Bagobo-Tagabawa tribal community in Barangay Managa at Mt Apo.
I’m so blessed to be called ina (mother) by these gifted women. They have been undergoing inclusive development and entrepreneurial management training with me for the past two years.
They are seen being recognized for their accomplishment in the official video of PBI Sinag Foundation (13:25) below.
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It is my joy to lead the staff, farming partners, barista partners, post-harvest processing partners, field training partners, and all the investing partners of Coffee For Peace, Inc. Because of everybody’s smart work and hard work, other institutions have noticed our team performance.
Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) cited CoffeeForPeace.Com as one of the inclusive businesses helping to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs) in the Philippines.
We express our gratitude first of all to the Great Creator, as well as to our farming partners, post-harvest processing partners, quality grading partners, packaging and marketing partners, coffee shop operating partners, impact investing partners, and the product consuming-appreciating partners!
Nothing is impossible!
Coffee for Peace has improved the lives of indigenous communities, Muslims and migrant workers through its peacebuilding and economic development activities. By enhancing their coffee-growing practices, local farmers command higher prices for their specialty coffee. The company aims to increase the income of farmers it works with by 300 percent and establish long-lasting livelihood opportunities. These farmers then mentor other farmers and set up local coffee kiosks to raise consumers’ awareness of the unique taste of Philippine coffee, helping communities take pride in local produce. Given the high demand for high-quality coffee globally, Coffee for Peace is planning to scale up its Inclusive Business model to more regions.
New Horizons: How Inclusive Business is Helping Achieve the SDGs in the Philippines (Philippine Business for Social Progress, p. 35)
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I and Maimai Lim pose with Secretary Jess Dureza (Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Government of the Philippines), Novy Afidchao (Public Information Officer, Mountain Province), and Malou Alngag (PeaceBuilders Community – Kalinga). Forum on Cordillera Regional Autonomy: “Pioneer Cordillera Champions Coming Together”. 23 April 2017, Mount Data Hotel, Mount Data, Mountain Province.
My friend, Maimai Lim, was with me. She offered to drive her 4X4 sports utility vehicle. Maimai is one of my classmates in the graduate course on social entrepreneurship I’m currently taking. She became interested in our peacebuilding work among the indigenous people, especially among the Bangsamoro Muslims in Mindanao. Maimai is now our partner in propagating Peace and Reconciliation principles and practices in the Province of Antique, where her family is among the respected leaders of the province.
Prior to this meeting at Mount Data, my husband Lakan and his Peace-and-Reconciliation (PAR) team have been building relationships with the leadership of the CPLA.
Father Conrado Balweg (aka Ka Ambo) speaking before the Cordillera people. Taken around 1978.
The CPLA is a militant organization based in the Cordillera region in the Philippines founded by Father Conrado Balweg, a Catholic priest. Their goal was to fight for the self-determination of the people of Cordillera. In 13 September 1986 the CPLA and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) made a “sipat” or cessation of hostilities in Mt. Data Hotel, in Bauko, Mountain Province. The agreement between the two entities was dubbed as the “1986 Mount Data Peace Accord.” In 1999, the organization’s founder, Fr. Balweg, was assassinated. A closure agreement between the Humiding Faction of the CPLA and the GPH was signed on 04 July 2011 at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace. The agreement calls for the disarmament of the group, the reintegration of the militants into mainstream society and the conversion of the militant group into a socio-economic organization. However, the original members of the CPLA told us that, as far as the wider constituency of the Cordillera People is concerned, there was no CPLA-GPH closure. For them, the so-called closure of July 2011 was hastily done by GPH with a small faction of CPLA for the purpose of political image-building.
This Mount Data meeting where Maimai and I recently attended was a review and a clarification meeting between the CPLA and the GPH — that there was indeed no closure yet in this peace process. Until the Cordillera People actually enjoys their right to self-determination and the governance-stewardship of their ancestral domains, the peace negotiations will have to continue.
Maimai and I left the meeting praying that the present administration would sincerely support the passage of House Bill 5343, An Act Establishing the Autonomous Region of the Cordillera which was filed recently in Congress. This would be a significant step towards the Cordillera Peoples’ enjoyment of their right to self-determination in their beautiful Ancestral Domain.
PeaceBuilders Community is committed to support the CPLA in their struggle to attain regional autonomy.
PBCI JOURNEY WITH THE CORDILLERA PEOPLE
:: In 12-16 April 2010, my husband, Lakan Sumulong, felt a need to travel to Tabuk City, the capital of Kalinga Province, to get to know the Kalinga people. There, he was given a whole morning to dialogue with the Matagoan Bodong Consultative Council (MBCC), which, according to Arlene Ethel Odiem of the city mayor’s office, was “the peace and reconciliation elders of the Kalinga people.” Lakan was also aware that his colleague, Jonathan Rudy of Mennonite Central Committee, had already been there and had, in fact, conducted a series of peacebuilding seminars among those leaders. But still, Lakan strongly felt “there is something existential that connects PBCI and the Kalinga people” which he was not able to describe at that time.
:: In June 2010, we met Hart and Ginny Wiens, a Canadian missionary couple to the Philippines who served with the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL). Hart and Jenny were from a Mennonite background. They lived with the Kalinga people for 20 years and helped translate the New Testament in a Kalinga language. In the last week of January 2011, the Wiens led the us through a nine-hour hike to Asibanglan, a Kalinga community where the Weins used to live. There, we were invited by the tribal elders to start a coffee livelihood program within the PAR framework. After a few months, PBCI sent Kriz Cruzado to conduct an introductory seminar on PAR and Coffee For Peace.
:: In 26-29 August 2014, Tala invited me to Barangay Bulo in Tabuk City, where families from the Sumacher tribe in Upper Kalinga established their city dwellings together. Tala’s family and tribe adopted me as one of their daughters. When the sisters were putting the welcome necklace, I was almost in tears for their open arms. During that time, the Sumacher Tribe expressed their desire to become the initial PAR Community in Kalinga.
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