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A YOUNGER SET OF LEADERS ARE BEING EQUIPPED TO SPEARHEAD PAR MOVEMENT IN THE NEXT DECADES

We are mentoring the next generation of leaders in this Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) vision and mission  for which we’ve been sent as missionaries. This PAR Movement is now being carried by three ‘organizational vehicles’ — PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI), Coffee for Peace Corp. (CfPC) and AJM Planning and Design (AJM). These young leaders are organizing themselves to run a social enterprise to sustain this PAR Movement.

Seeking points of convergence of three organizations. PBCI, CfPC and AJM are legally distinct from each other but are exploring the possibility to function as one inclusive development consulting group.


 

PBCI is a non-profit organization that trains peace and reconciliation leaders and field volunteers — like conflict transformation specialists, restorative justice practitioners, and inclusive development leaders — who are dreaming and working together for a just, radical, and active non-violent transformation of our beautiful land. PBCI normally works in partnership with religious institutions, civil society organizations, political fronts, business corporations, and government agencies.

 

CfPC is a for-profit corporation. While doing profitable business, CfPC addresses social issues that concern our farmers, our environment, and the peace situation in our land. CfPC is committed to multiply justice-oriented social enterprises in the coffee industry. CfPC is also the primary social enterprise model in this PAR Movement.

 

AJM’s mission is to create positive impacts on society and the environment through landscape architecture. Through landscape architecture, site planning, urban design, environmental graphics, and digital media, AJM seeks to communicate and demonstrate peace and reconciliation messages as people enjoy public parks, campuses, resorts, camping sites, business centers and other public places throughout the country.

 


 

Mentoring new leaders. Starting this year and in the following years to come, we will invest most of our time and energy equipping and empowering a new generation of leaders through the PeaceBuilders School of Leadership (PBSL). PBSL is the continuing education program for current PBCI staff, consultants, and selected volunteers; it is also the training and qualifying program for PBCI’s prospective Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) seminar facilitators, consultants and new staff candidates.

Meet the new members of our senior leadership team who are going through basic and advanced programs at PBSL:


 

Twinkle Alngag Bautista. We call her ‘Tala’ — the Pilipino term for star. In her own words, she desires to be “a Tala that points toward the Prince of Peace; a star that reflects only the Prince of Peace; to shine pointing to the Shalom.” Tala 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 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’! At PBCI, Tala is our most qualified partnership designer and seasoned inclusive development mentor. At CfPC, she serves as vice president for community development.

 

 

Sihaya Ansibod. Her christianized name is Jobelyn Basas. Sihaya obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Development from Southern Christian College, Midsayap, Cotabato. She is a proud Erumenen ne Menuvu — one of Mindanao’s indigenous peoples. The meaning of her indigenous name, Sihaya Ansibod, is “The Enlightened One”. Her gifts of spiritual discernment and wisdom are being demonstrated in the delicate tasks she’s doing in the field — community organizing, conflict transformation, inclusive development initiatives. 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.

 

 

Aiza Wanay Baluyan. Aiza is ‘Wanay’ — a proud indigenous woman from the tribe of Banao in the Province of Kalinga. She is a Registered Nurse with specific expertise on health advocacy. Along her professional journey, she gained skills on systems administration, event coordination as well as community-based learning facilitation. She is also a dedicated environmental activist. Her dream is to continue her passion to help her people in the area of community-based health care and inclusive development initiatives — such as coffee farming, processing, and marketing. While learning peace and reconciliation with PBCI and CFP, she is also dreaming to rejuvenate the coffee plantations in their tribal lands in Kalinga, starting with the properties her family owns. While finishing her PBSL program, Wanay will serve as systems administrator at the CfPC office.

 

 

Bennette Grace Tenecio-Manulit. Bennette holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. She served as PBCI’s director of support operations for several years. She made sure that our field workers — both paid and volunteer staff — were adequately cared for through her administrative and financial management skills. In those times of emergencies due to war and natural disasters, Bennette and her team proved to be efficient and effective in their logistical operations. Her advanced leadership and management skills brought her to lead a national project of the Philippine Relief and Development Services, the relief and development arm of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches. At present, she’s running her own inclusive business with her husband, Norman. Bennette also serves as vice president for public relations at Coffee for Peace Corp.

 

 

AJ Moldez. AJ is a graduate of the University of the Philippines—College of Architecture, with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. He has worked with the pioneers of landscape architecture in the Philippines and since has worked on projects ranging from high end residential projects to masterplanned developments. Right now, he’s the principal at AJM Planning and Design — a collaborative and faith-inspired design studio that is committed to using landscape architecture as a vehicle for peace and reconciliation advocacy. He joined PBCI a year ago and since then have directed his business and professional activities in support of peace theology and inclusive development. While going through his PBSL program, AJ also serves as vice president for innovation planning and design at Coffee for Peace Corp.

 


 

Inclusive development consulting group. As we are getting deeply immersed in divided communities because of unresolved conflicts, the more we are becoming aware of the need for inclusive economic development as a critical aspect of our peace and reconciliation mission. Inclusive Development is based on three pillars:

  • high, sustainable, regenerating development and growth to create and expand economic opportunities;
  • broader access to opportunities to ensure that members of society can participate and benefit from development; and,
  • social safety nets to prevent extreme deprivation.

A number of people’s community organizations with whom we are working together are moving towards inclusive development. They are actively involved in the areas of various livelihood initiatives, such as: vegetable farming and marketing; bamboo product manufacturing; and, brick-making using silts and palay hull.

These inclusive development activities are all framed in Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Principles — that is harmony with the Creator (spiritual transformation), with one’s being (psycho-social transformation), with the others (socio-political transformation), and with creation (economic-ecological transformation).

Because of these emerging needs expressed by our field partners, we are prompted to organize ourselves into an integrated inclusive development consulting group. All the talents, expertise, years of experience, and resources of PBCI, CfPC, and AJM are now being evaluated, hopefully to become inter-operable, to serve our clients better.

 

 

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THIS YEAR, WE’LL FOCUS ON ESTABLISHING PAR COMMUNITIES IN PANAY ISLAND

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

What a journey we had in 2016! Here’s a bunch of stories we shared to our accountability partners here in the Philippines.

 

Our focus in the year 2017 is to establish Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Communities in the five provinces of Panay Island. In the last quarter of 2016, we have initiated PAR community organization in the Province of Capiz. We are also praying and working on organizing and establishing PAR Communities in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, and Iloilo.

 

For the past 5 years, we’ve been praying to start a PAR movement in Western Visayas. We have assigned Twinkle ‘Tala’ Alngag Bautista as our lead person and field manager for this specific task. Tala is a seasoned field team leader who successfully established PAR communities in Bukidnon, Mindoro Occidental, and Kalinga.

 

This is a part of a protracted, active, nonviolent, radical transformation.

 

 

PAR PHILIPPINES: VISION 2020

 

Imagine.  By December 31st, 2020, each of our provinces will have a circle of leaders called Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Communities!  They would serve as the catalysts to organize PAR Teams in their municipalities or cities.  These PAR Teams, in turn, would serve as radical transformation volunteers in their respective families, churches, neighbourhoods, barangays, cities or municipalities.  The PAR Teams would also get involved in PAR Programs that are relevant to their specific context.

 

We are operating in 33 out of 81 provinces in the Philippines as of January 2016 — 20 in Mindanao, 4 in Visayas, 09 in Luzon.

 

 

These PAR Communities and the PAR Teams they have organized would be the backbone of a national PAR Movement.  Then we can see, and we can count on, a well-equipped, efficiently-organized, and effectively-mobilized Peace and Reconciliation constituency.

 

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

 

For now, let’s work on how we can establish at least one PAR Community in each of the 81 provinces in our country.

 

So, how do we get there from here?

 

1. Find a Person of Peace in the province. Many would claim themselves to be the person of peace in the whole province.  Beware of that person!  He might want to use us in his or her personal interest, be it amassing material wealth or gaining political power.  We are simply looking for a person of peace.

 

This principle is from Jesus’ instruction to the seventy people he sent out:
“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.  Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.” (Luke 10:5-7 NIV)
A person of peace must be discerned and would have the following characteristics:

  • Prioritizes Kingdom values in her or his life.  Righteousness, justice, peace, and mercy are very important to this person.
  • Earns the respect of people.  This person’s family and community regard him or her as trustworthy.
  • Accepts and welcomes strangers.  This person is hospitable.
  • Cares about your safety and security.  This person becomes your protector.
  • Expands your connections to a network of key leaders.  This person serves as your ‘public relations officer’.

 

The person of peace who practice a set of biblical leadership ethics must also be discerned communally. The discernment process will be done in consultation with each province’s fellowship of pastors and Christian leaders.  PAR Leaders are respected women- and men-of-peace who are actively modelling a person who demonstrates

  • a heart of a servant;
  • a soul of a teacher;
  • a mind of a manager; and,
  • the strength of a leader.

 

2. Arrange an exploratory meeting with a group of leaders in a given province. These leaders must be endorsed and gathered by the PAR Leader who is also our trusted Person of Peace.  The objectives of this meeting are:

  • to present the Vision 2020 to the leaders in a given province
  • to get a commitment from those leaders to organize themselves as a PAR Community
  • to get a commitment from the new PAR Community to gather a minimum of 25 interested participants to go through PAR Seminar Series

 

3. Facilitate PAR Seminar Series among the leaders. The PAR Community will have to provide the food, lodging and transportation expenses for the PBCI training team of 3-5 people, the seminar venue, participants’ food and lodging, and the cost of training materials. Copies of the Peace and Reconciliation Resource Manual can be ordered from the PeaceBuilders Community by emailing our PAR Consulting Team (par@peacebuilderscommunity.org).

 

4. Facilitate the organization of PAR Communities in every province under the leadership of the PAR Leader or the person of peace. These PAR Communities are groups of community leaders—church leaders, local government leaders, non-government organization leaders, or any mix of these—

 

5. Assist the provincial PAR Communities in organizing municipal or city PAR Teams. PAR Teams are composed of local volunteers from various communities who are trained for 8 months to be an on-going, rapidly-mobilized teams who will implement their PAR Communities’ programs. The general objectives of PAR Teams are:

  • to promote peace and reconciliation in our land by giving skilled, courageous support to communities experiencing various conflicts
  • to inspire various parties-in-conflict to discard violence in favor of nonviolent action as a means of settling differences
  • to provide various communities with first-hand information and resources for responding to situations of conflict, and to urge their active involvement
  • to interpret a nonviolent perspective to the media and to our nation as a whole

 

6. Develop PAR Program. PAR Communities are encouraged to discern — through prayer and research — the most important and urgent need of their province.  This can be done consultation with the Body of Christ and local government units in their province.  The output of this discernment process would be a project proposal that can be submitted to appropriate prospective funding partners from the donor community.  Examples of PAR Programs include:

  • Community Organization
  • Peace Education
  • Armed Conflict Area Survival Training
  • Fact-Finding Missions
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Trauma Healing
  • Inter-Faith Dialogue
  • Cross-Cultural Communications
  • Fair Trade Initiatives

PAR Programs are best implemented by PAR Teams in their own local contexts.

 

7. Initiate field testing of the new PAR Teams. The PAR Teams will be deployed on the field to test their newly-acquired training.  This will be done through the supervision of the the PAR Community. PBCI would serve as technical consultants.

 

8. Facilitate Training of Teachers to expand PAR Program. Based on the evaluation and learning from the field, PBCI would conduct a Training of Teachers’ Seminar.

 

9. Encourage the new PAR Community to start a PAR Community in a new province. We need to reach all 81 provinces in our country by 2020. We believe that through faith, prayers, dependence on the Holy Spirit, and exponential qualitative training of PAR volunteers, this will become a reality.

 

10. Repeat the above process 1-9 in each province. May God bless the spread and multiplication of this PAR Movement.

 

 

 

 

 

A NON-VIOLENT, RADICAL TRANSFORMATION

 

God willing, by January 01, 2021, the PAR Communities in all the provinces of the Philippines would advance as a Peace and Reconciliation Movement with an integrated framework for peace-building, who are organized in partnership with various parts of the People of God, who are mobilized to do ministries of justice and peace in the name of Jesus, and who will lovingly serve all the peoples of our land unconditionally regardless of religion, ethnicity, or political ideology, to the end that our land will experience holistic, radical transformation!

 

 

Using an integrated framework for peace-building, PBCI will serve each PAR Community to be equipped in spiritually-energized social discernment and analysis.

 

1.  We will serve each PAR Community by equipping them with certain spiritual discernment skills and social analytical tools to help them understand the issues causing the crises they are facing in their particular province.  By having a clear discernment and analysis of their situation, they can make relevant and effective crisis intervention.

 

2.  We will encourage them to look beyond their current crises and to envision a future when there is genuine peace and reconciliation in their particular province.  This vision is characterized by the kind of social structures and relationships they would desire.  Such long term vision will help them discern the root causes of the crises they are facing and will also help them look through the taken-for-granted facades of social realities that keep the cycle or recurrence of their crises.

 

3.  We will walk with them, in each ‘level of response’ and through ‘the time frame of activity,’ as they move from their crises to their desired change.  We will offer how our understanding of shalom transformation (spiritual, psycho-social, socio-political, and economic-ecological) would guide their journey towards their desired future.

 

May this vision be counted as one of the many prayers for the transformation of our beloved country.  May God bring genuine peace and reconciliation among our people and in our land!

 

 

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PRIVILEGES AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN RELATIONSHIP-BUILDING

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Twinkle Alngag Bautista is the full-time missionary sent by PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. to establish Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Communities in the Cordillera Region. She is also tasked to manage the Coffee For Peace operations in this region as the inclusive development component of PAR.

Two Kalinga tribes — the Sumacher Tribe and the Naneng Tribe — have invited Joji and me to become a ceremonial part of their people. This is equivalent to becoming both a spiritual member of the tribe and becoming a ‘naturalized citizen’ of the community.

 

Being embraced by the loving and caring tribal community is both a privilege and a responsibility. The Alngag Clan from the Sumacher Tribe extended their invitation two years ago. Twinkle Alngag Bautista, one of their daughters, introduced us to her immediate family. When her grandmother embraced Joji as part of the family, we became a part of the clan through a sort of ‘matriarchal declaration’. That opened the door for Twinkle to bridge the development of a personal relationship between us and her uncles and aunts.

 

My most previous trip to Kalinga was like a biblical ‘koinonia’ where life and resources have been mutually shared in the power and energy of the Spirit. I will not forget a conversation between me and Twinkle in front of her family while planning for a 1,100 meters above sea level hike up to their tribal village.

 

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These beautiful people are part of the Alngag Clan from the Sumacher Tribe in Upper Kalinga. We were having family dinner in a hotel restaurant in Tabuk City.

 

“You know, I left my jacket and sleeping bag back home,” I said, with a bit of anxiety.

 

Her answer was so assuring: “But you’re here. This is your home. We have all your needs in Kalinga!”

 

I’m home in Kalinga! What a privilege!

 

And as in any other cultural contexts, being home is also a responsibility.

 

One morning, I was having breakfast with another member of PAR Kalinga. His name is Pullan Albert. (Yes, Albert. Their American surname which they got during the American attempt to occupy the Cordilleras, is another story in another blog.) Pullan and I gradually became like brothers in the two years since he attended our PAR Seminar. He made a proposal during our breakfast: “Kuya Dann, would you consider becoming a part of Naneng Tribe through a traditional ceremony.”

 

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Joji and I were welcomed by Pullan and Chayong Albert in their home at Patiking, Tabuk City, Kalinga. They showed us how to put on their traditional attire to help us experience Naneng hospitality.

 

“What would that normally mean?” I respectfully asked.

 

“You would be regarded as a member of my clan and the tribe will embrace you as really one of us,” he answered.

 

“During the time when the Naneng Tribe is at war against another tribe,” I continued, “what is expected of me?”

 

He paused for a moment. Then he said, “You will have to be loyal to our tribe.”

 

“That means I have to fight Naneng’s enemy tribe, right?”

 

“Yes. But you can also be Naneng Tribe’s peace negotiator,” he replied. “You are still considered loyal to the tribe if you negotiate on our behalf.”

 

“So no one would force me,” I was expecting to be assured, “to use weapons against an enemy tribe?”

 

“If that becomes a part of our elders’ understanding about your becoming a member of the Naneng Tribe, yes,” he tentatively assured me, “no one would force you to use weapons of war against our enemy tribe.”

 

I gave my conditional ‘Yes’ until I hear from the elders.

 

Peacebuilding is relationship-building. And relationships always entail both privileges and responsibilities.

 

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PBCI-CFP Davao and Bukidnon invited both representatives of the Alngag and Albert families to Davao for PAR training and coffee business training. Here, we were enjoying lunch together in a beach resort in Samal Island, Davao del Sur.

 

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