Dann Pantoja

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). Asked what fuels his positive outlook in life: “It’s the influence of Jesus, a first century Palestinian carpenter who was executed by the imperial power of his time. He said: ‘Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.’ Jesus defied the ultimate negative factor in our cosmos--death.”

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OUR FIELD OPERATIONS TEAM STRENGTHENS PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS

10-13 September 2019. Sihaya Ansibod, our Director of Field Operations, invited me to travel with her team. First, we met with our partners among the Erumanen Ne Menuvu tribe on Mt. Agkir-Agkir. Then we visited the Iranun coffee farmers in Alamada who invited us to market their coffee. Afterwards, we responded to an invitation of a Maguindanao farming community who envisions to develop a Robusta coffee plantation near Ligawasan Marshlands. Finally, we sealed our partnership with the Obo Bagobo coffee farmers in Ilomavis at the foot of Mt. Apo.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/09/14/our-field-operations-team-solidifies-partnership-with-local-community-leaders/

JOJI HELPS IN FOSTERING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT THE NEW MUSLIM AUTONOMOUS REGION

Last 15-17 August 2019, Joji represented PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) and Coffee for Peace (CFP) at a social enterprise policy forum held at the Office of the Chief Minister, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Cotabato City. She made a presentation before key members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), other social enterprise practitioners, and academicians.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/08/28/encouraging-new-social-entrepreneurs-in-the-new-bangsamoro-autonomous-region-in-muslim-mindanao/

MY GRANDCHILDREN MOTIVATES ME TO COMMIT TO PAR-BASED CLIMATE JUSTICE ACTIVISM

Peace and Reconciliation ministry is ultimately motivated by my love to the Creator, my service to Christ, and my submission to the Comforter. Yet, I have filial motivations for these vision, mission, and activities to which I’m committed — they are my family, especially my grand-children. What I’m doing now is a grandfather’s attempt to contribute to the care and sustainability of this planet for their future.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/06/15/my-grandchildren-motivates-me-to-commit-to-par-based-climate-justice-activism/

THE GARBAGE THAT SPOILS PHILIPPINE-CANADA RELATIONS: A PEACEBUILDERS’ PERSPECTIVE

Five years ago, a Canadian company sent 103 containers labeled “recyclable plastic” to the Manila International Container Terminal. I, a Filipino-Canadian working as a peacebuilder in the Philippines, am so embarrassed that a Canadian company considers used adult diapers, household garbage, and other wastes as “recyclable plastic.” This garbage is hurting the relations between Canada and the Philippines.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/05/24/the-garbage-that-spoils-philippine-canada-relations-a-peacebuilders-perspective/

PURSUING PEACE AND RECONCILIATION AMIDST THE CHALLENGING POLITICAL REALITIES WE’RE FACING

Peace and justice advocates are facing great challenges and difficulties as the government intensify their anti-insurgency campaign. In 30 March,14 farmers were killed by the police and military in Negros Oriental. Last 04 April, the president made a public threat to arrest critics and declare a ‘revolutionary war.’ A UN rapporteur testifies that there is a silent war being waged on Philippine indigenous communities. As faith-based peace-and-justice field workers committed to active nonviolence, how should we respond to these challenges?

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/04/06/pursuing-peace-and-reconciliation-amidst-the-challenging-political-realities-were-facing/

JOJI SHARES HER ‘COFFEE FOR PEACE’ STORY AT A WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

Last Thursday, 28 March, the provincial government of Davao Occidental invited Joji to be the keynote speaker at their 2019 National Women’s Month Celebration. Speaking on the theme “We Make Change Work For Women,” Joji emphasized both the reproductive and productive roles of women as community leaders. She shared her journey as a mother and the story of Coffee For Peace to illustrate the main points of her speech.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/03/30/joji-shares-her-coffee-for-peace-story-at-a-womens-conference/

WE REAFFIRM AND CELEBRATE OUR KINSHIP WITH THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF MINDANAO

My friendship with Datu Migketay “Vic” Saway has been a significant spiritual blessing. Our partnership in peacebuilding is based on kinship. “Peace is within our reach,” he says. But this peace “largely depends on our willingness to treat each other within the bond of kinship!” This has been his yearly call to various leaders of Indigenous Peoples, Moro, and Settlers — to gather together to affirm our kinship.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/03/10/we-reaffirmed-and-celebrated-our-kinship-with-the-indigenous-peoples-of-mindanao/

OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

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