The PBCI Information & Communications Team is a group of volunteer writers and web designers at PeaceBuilders Community Incorporated (PBCI) who are working from different parts of the globe. Their task is to document all the activities initiated by the various communities and groups belonging to PAR Philippines — a national peace and reconciliation movement doing inclusive development initiatives, social entrepreneurial training, multiplication of effective peacebuilding workers, conflict transformation consulting, and restorative justice processes. PBCI is a community of missionaries who are dreaming and working together for a just, radical, and active non-violent transformation of our beautiful land.

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IP COMMUNITIES IN MINDANAO WELCOME EAST ZORRA PARTNERSHIP TEAM

08-17 January 2020. Three Indigenous Communities in Mindanao welcomed the visit of 12 Canadians from Southern Ontario. This is part of PBCI-CFP Inclusive Development Team’s initiative to facilitate the connection between the coffee farming communities and prospective impact investors and market representatives. This relationship-building and social entrepreneurial partnership is based on justice, peace, and reconciliation.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2020/01/20/ip-communities-in-mindanao-welcome-east-zorra-partnership-team/

TRIBAL COMMUNITY PURSUES COFFEE ‘FARMERPRENEURSHIP’ TO RISE FROM EARTHQUAKE DEVASTATION

Since October 2017, we have been in communication with the Corporate Social Responsibility Department of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) and the Obo Manono Tribal Council for a joint inclusive development project among the Indigenous Peoples in this side of Mt. Apo. Last 06 January 2020, we met together to assess the situation of the farmers after the series of earthquakes. The 10 families unanimously expressed their determination to pursue with coffee ‘farmerpreneurship.’

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2020/01/07/tribal-community-pursues-coffee-farmerpreneurship-to-rise-from-earthquake-devastation/

WE VISITED EARTHQUAKE-AFFECTED FAMILIES JUST BEFORE NEW YEAR

It has been our joy to bond with our farming partners among the Bagobo Tagabawa Indigenous People in the Province of Davao del Sur who are affected by earthquakes. We delivered 3 water filter sets in Purok Balutakay, Barangay Managa, Bansalan last 21 December. Last 27 December, we delivered 5 sets of water filters in Barangay Almendras, Municipality of Padada. Then last 28 December, we distributed relief packs to 127 families in Purok Malipayon, Barangay Bansalan and another 65 packs to affected families in Barangay Binaton, Digos City.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/12/30/we-visited-earthquake-affected-families-just-before-new-year/

PBCI BOARD ESTABLISHES GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND STRATEGY TO RESPOND TO EARTHQUAKE DISASTERS

The Board of Trustees (BOT) participated in the PBCI-CFP Tribe’s initial response to the needs of the earthquake-affected families in Sitio Malipayon, Barangay Managa, Municipality of Bansalan, Province of Davao del Sur. The primary objective is to listen directly to the voice of the people on the ground. This will help the BOT to sharpen their policies and sensitivity as PBCI-CFP Tribe implement relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction responses that are contextually appropriate.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/11/18/pbci-board-establishes-guiding-principles-and-strategy-to-respond-to-earthquake-disasters/

CHURCH AGENCY RESPONDS TO THE NEEDS OF 1,000+ EARTHQUAKE-AFFECTED IP FAMILIES

07 November 2019. The Field Operations Team of PeaceBuilders Community, led by Sihaya Ansibod, accompanied the team from the Philippine Relief And Development Services, Inc. (PhilRaDS) and delivered 1,000+ SphereStandard Relief Packs to the earthquake-affected families in Ilomavis who mostly belong to the Obo Manobo Indigenous People from Sayaban area. This is in response to the call of Datu Federico Sia of the Obo Manobo Tribal Council and Divina Silyador of the Mahomanoy Mountain Resort.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/11/08/church-agency-responds-to-the-needs-of-1000-earthquake-affected-ip-families/

THE OBO MANOBO TRIBAL COUNCIL INVITES US TO START PAR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WITH THEM

The Obo Manobo Tribal Council, in partnership with the Corporate Social Responsibility Division of Energy Development Corporation, invited the PBCI-CFP IncluDev Team to conduct a series of training seminars in Inclusive Development, Financial Management, Sustainable Agricultural Enterprise, Quality Coffee Processing, and Coffee Marketing framed in Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Principles. The participants in this 6-month program are key farmers, forestry specialists, and traditional tribal leaders.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/09/27/the-obo-manobo-tribal-council-invites-us-to-start-par-community-development/

TAGABAWA TRIBAL LEADERS WELCOME PBCI-CFP INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

The Tagabawa Tribal Council of Barangay Alegre welcomed the Inclusive Development Team of PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) and Coffee For Peace (CFP) to establish a model coffee farm in their area. We went through the process of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as required by law. The municipal, provincial, and national authorities protecting the Indigenous Peoples’ rights gave their respective affirmations and blessings to this project.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/08/23/tagabawa-tribal-leaders-welcome-pbci-cfp-inclusive-development-team/

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