BUDDING MINDANAO ENTREPRENEURS VISIT COFFEE FOR PEACE

Coffee For Peace Bistro hosted the Social Enterprise Ideation campers during their learning tour last Thursday, 30 November 2017. We presented various concepts that was consistent with their theme: “Local Changes: Ideas to Impact Social Enterprise”.

This ideation camp is facilitated by the CSO SEED Philippines and was supported by the European Union in the Philippines and British Council – Philippines in partnership with Office of the Regional Government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ORG ARMM) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI ARMM).

Bayan Academy managed this 6-day social business ideation camp.


Mission of CSO SEED Philippines
 

Strengthening Civil Society Participation in Social Enterprise Education and Development or CSO-SEED aims to improve civil society participation in policy reforms to develop an environment conducive to decent work, job creation and small and medium enterprise (SME) development. The project does this by using social enterprise a s development pathway.

With a project duration of three years, CSO-SEED’s focus is the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao or ARMM, along with other Bangsamoro areas in Mindanao. These are areas affected by conflict and underdevelopment for over four decades.

Led by the British Council and co-funded by the European Union, CSO-SEED seeks to build a stronger SME sector through the promotion of social enterprise, considered a sub-category of SME. The focus on social enterprise development delivers an innovative approach to respond to issues around decent work and job creation.

Social Enterprises offer a sustainable and empowering way to support inclusive economic development, reducing barriers to economic security, particularly for vulnerable groups.


WE RECEIVED ASEAN’S 2017 PRIVATE SECTOR LEADERSHIP AWARD ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY ERADICATION

Jobelyn ‘Sihaya’ Basas and ‘Tala’ Alngag Bautista (3rd and 4th from left) receive the ‘ASEAN Leadership Award on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication–Private Sector 2017’ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 06 October 2017.

Coffee For Peace was given the ASEAN Leadership Award on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication–Private Sector 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Representatives from the Balutakay Coffee Farmers Association (BaCoFA) receive the honor at a simple fellowship at Coffee For Peace Bistro.

Congratulations to our farming partners, barista partners, post-harvest processing partners, investing partners, coffee drinking partners, supplying partners, and management team!

Our barista partners — Redd, Tere, Chacha, Kim, and Edward — were honored during a simple recognition at Coffee For Peace Shop.
Our barista partners, Mark and Jobel, were honored during a simple recognition time at Coffee For Peace Bistro.

Your labor of love and dedication are appreciated by Southeast Asian people and corporations who are with us in advancing rural development and poverty eradication–one community at a time.

We are grateful to Ms Liza Maza of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) who nominated CFP into this Southeast Asian awarding institution.

Ms Liza Maza was the person who nominated Coffee For Peace to this 2017 ASEAN Leadership Award on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication–Private Sector. Ms Maza is a Filipina activist who is the lead convenor of the National Anti-Poverty Commission. She was a member of the Philippine House of Representatives, representing the Gabriela Women’s Party. She stands here with Sihaya and Tala who were representing Coffee For Peace, Inc.

Kudos to the CEO of Coffee for Peace, Joji Felicitas Pantoja, for an excellent job of leading and inspiring the whole CFP Team. Once again, we honor our Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) field training facilitators — Clay & June Rojo, Twinkle ‘Tala’ Alngag Bautista, Byron ‘Bee’ Pantoja, Jobee ‘Sihaya’ Basas, Aiza ‘Wanay’ Baluyan — with this award. We express our gratitude for the administrative work of Tyron Ortiz and Chacha Denila Homez. Thank you Tala and Sihaya for representing the whole CFP Team in this event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As all our endeavors are for the farmers, we again dedicate this award to all the farmers in this land. We will continue to pray for your liberation from all kinds of oppression. We will continue to listen, to serve and to work, with your guidance, towards the advancement of justice for the peace of all the families toiling the land.

For this humble, initial victories for the coffee farmers, we give back all the glory to the Great Creator and Provider of all humanity!

COFFEE FOR PEACE IS THE INCLUSIVE BUSINESS WINNER FOR THE PHILIPPINES AT THE ASEAN BUSINESS AWARDS 2017

We are so encouraged to receive another citation from the Asean Business Awards 2017:

ASEAN BUSINESS AWARDS 2017
NATIONAL WINNER, PHILIPPINES
Inclusive Business Category

Coffee for Peace is a social enterprise in the areas of Mt. Apo, Bukidnon, and the Cordillera Administrative Region which envisions Peace Communities practicing relational harmony and enjoying quality life by engaging in a sustainable coffee value chain. It incessantly seeks various ways to economically allow marginalized communities in Mindanao and the Philippines become sustainable. This is not only an approach to sustaining peace efforts but also to give a better alternative to armed struggle and other destructive environmental practices just to bring food on the table.

We dedicate this award to all the farmers in the Philippines.

We will continue to pray for your liberation from all kinds of oppression.

We will continue to listen, to serve and to work, with your guidance, towards the advancement of justice for the peace of all the families toiling the land.

We honor our Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) field training facilitators — Clay & June Rojo, Twinkle ‘Tala’ Alngag Bautista, Byron ‘Bee’ Pantoja, Jobee ‘Sihaya’ Basas, Aiza ‘Wanay’ Baluyan — with this award. We express our gratitude for the administrative work of Tyron Ortiz and Chacha Denila Homez.

Coffee for Peace is also a finalist all over Southeast Asia in the ‘Inclusive Business’ category.

Our CEO, Ms Joji Felicitas Pantoja, shared the story of Coffee for Peace, Inc. before the participants at the Inclusive Business Summit, ASEAN Business Awards 2017. Marriott Hotel, Manila, Philippines. 06 September 2017.

 

‘CFP HELPS ACHIEVE U.N. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS,’ SAYS PBSP

Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) cited CoffeeForPeace.Com as one of the inclusive businesses helping to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (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)

FINAL BUILDING PLANS AND RELEASE OF FUNDS HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR ‘KAPEYAPAAN’ IN VALENCIA CITY

An architect’s perspective of the building plan that will house the Peace and Reconciliation movement in Eastern Mindanao

In behalf of Coffee For Peace, Inc. (CFP), I’m happy to report that I have signed the final plans of a small structure to be built in Valencia City. This is made financially possible through an impact partnership with GiversTrust, Inc.

I’m grateful for the release of this fund to start the building construction next week. This building is expected to be completed within six months based on a Memorandum of Agreement between Coffee For Peace, PeaceBuilders Community, GiversTrust, and our architects, Swito Designs.

Architect Gloryrose Dy Metilla, principal at Swito Designs, presents the final building plans to me.

This simple structure will be the home of Kapeyapaan Coffee KioskPeace and Reconciliation (PAR) Movement in Eastern MindanaoKalinaw Youth Movement, and BeyondBorders Christian Community.

Kapeyapaan is a division of Coffee For Peace, Inc. for our low-cost shops yet serving high-quality coffee.

Joji Felicitas Pantoja, CEO
Coffee For Peace, Inc.

BACOFA EXPORTS FIRST BATCH OF GREEN COFFEE TO THE U.S.A.

The representatives of Mount Apo coffee farmers are delivering two tons of their fresh, hand-picked coffee cherries. 20 October 2014. Coffee For Peace Processing Yard, Davao City.

Our Mount Apo farming partners are one of the community-network of well-trained and justly-treated farmers who supply us with their premium 100% arabica coffee paid at fair traded prices.

We’re so happy to see the Balutakay Coffee Farmers Association (BaCoFA) from Mt. Apo grow from being coffee cherry suppliers, to becoming post-harvest coffee processors, and now they have become green coffee bean exporters.

BaCoFA grew from 15 families to 75 farming households in 4 years.

These coffee sacks are their initial export quality products. And they are determined to produce more! These BaCoFA folks are indeed developing into being effective, self-sustaining “farmerpreneurs”.

A NEW PARTNERSHIP BEGINS BETWEEN COFFEE FOR PEACE AND D’ CUP COFFEE REPUBLIC

L-R Donnie Friolo, Dann (Lakan), Adette Purto, myself, Elizabeth Bantican-Quevedo, Ramon Quevedo: The Koinonia Group introduced Coffee for Peace to D’ Cup Coffee Republic. 22 April 2017, D’ Cup Coffee Republic, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.

Last 22 April 2017, Elizabeth Bantican-Quevedo — along with her husband Ramon Quevedo and our mutual friend, Donnie Friolo — introduced us to Adette Purto, Chair of D’ Cup Coffee Republic in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila. After exchanging our stories during that initial meeting, I felt Adette has been a long-time friend and sister! The similarities and diversity of our dreams are so complimentary! I felt we, at Coffee for Peace, found a partner and a sister company.

A NOTE FROM D’ CUP COFFEE REPUBLIC

D’ Cup Coffee Republic is a book cafe and events venue in Mandaluyong City inside Pioneer Street  Market. It has a spacious dining area that can comfortably accommodate 80 persons, plus a book lounge area good for 20 persons, and an enclosed function hall good for up to 100 persons, making it a perfect venue for meetings, workshop classes, special gatherings. View our venue and function hall which you can reserve online. We also invite you to visit our site regularly for workshops, classes, and other events. [Facebook Page]

When Elizabeth arranged the meeting between us and Adette’s team, we were simply expecting to sell our coffee brand to this coffee shop. Our presentation was scheduled for only an hour. After our 45-minute story-telling and presentation, she kept asking questions — deep, penetrating questions that went beyond the quality, price, and origin of our coffee. Her questions focused on peace and reconciliation, on the dream about contributing to a God-centered, radical, nonviolent, transformation of our people and our land.

The meeting went beyond two hours.

We didn’t say good bye. We immediately talked about “What’s next?”

Adette and I felt we have been friends for a long time even though this was our first time to meet each other; we’re now sisters-in-vision. 22 April 2017, 1800H-2100H, D’ Cup Coffee Republic, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.

Koinonia Group. Elizabeth, Ramon, and Donnie are part of the leadership of the Koinonia Group.  I’m grateful to these faithful friends and partners whom we consider as our long-time community. Koinonia Group started in 1982 when Dann and I were serving as community organizing workers in the City of Olongapo. I was raising our little children and Dann was a young social science teacher at the Columban College. A group of outstanding students became regular visitors in our apartment. Elizabeth was one of them. We soon became a fellowship of followers of Christ working for justice and liberation of our people from the oppressive dictatorial regime of Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. We referred to our liberation-oriented activist band as Koinonia Group.

Ramon and Elizabeth met in a workplace abroad, got married, and returned to the Philippines to continue their careers, and later started an entrepreneurial endeavor in Metro Manila.

Donnie was Dann’s fellow leader at the Koinonia Group since our days in Olongapo.

We’re now scattered all over the world. But we’re still connected. The long-distance connections grew stronger because of social media. We all update each other of our lives, family development, career development, and respective ministries.

Coffee for Peace’s journey with D’ Cup Coffee Republic. Our relationship with Adette and her team at D’ Cup Coffee Republic has been growing fast. Last 12 May 2017, she and her team visited us in Davao and observed the operation of our coffee processing yard. We also compared notes on the similarities and differences of our respective coffee shops based on our differing contexts.

As I write this blog, both of our teams are talking on how our social businesses can work together to advance Peace Reconciliation (PAR) principles and practices together so we can establish at least one PAR community in each of the 81 provinces in this country.

In 12 May 2017, we were visited by our partners from D’ Cup Coffee Republic, led by their Chairperson, Adette Purto. Here, we took some moments to capture their visit to the Coffee for Peace Bistro in Davao: L-R Sihaya, Tala, Elysse, Arlyn, Adette, myself, and Lakan (Dann).

Joji “Lakambini Mapayapa” Pantoja, CEO
Coffee For Peace, Inc.

JOJI PANTOJA, OUR CEO, HAS BEEN AWARDED AS ONE OF THE ‘2017 INSPIRING FILIPINA ENTREPRENEURS’

L-R: Ramon M. Lopez, (Secretary of Trade and Industry), Salvador Medialdea (Executive Secretary, Office of the Presidernt), His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte (President of the Republic of the Philippines), Joji Felicitas Pantoja (Coffee for Peace), and L. Daniel Pantoja (PeaceBuilders Community) — during the awarding ceremony of Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2017. 30 March 2017, Malacanang Palace.

We’re inspired by the life and work of Joji Pantoja, our CEO at Coffee For Peace, Inc. (CFP) and our Ina (a term of respect for ‘mother’) at PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI).

The partnership between CFP and PBCI in advocating Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) principles and practices was once again affirmed last 30 March 2017 when Ina received an award from the President of the Philippines as one of the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2017. The awarding ceremony happened at the Malacañang Palace. There were 26 women throughout the Philippines who received similar awards for their “capacity to be catalysts for change and progress.” Ina was one of the two in the ‘social business’ category.

Joji Pantoja, our Ina, poses with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte after the awarding ceremonies.

According to the brochure published by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship, this annual tradition aims to recognize women and their capacity to be catalysts for change and progress. The qualifications are:

  1. May or may not have come from humble beginnings;
  2. A Filipino who embodies the following traits: passionate, positive, and panalo (‘can do’) attitude;
  3. Must have an innovative business model (products/processes);
  4. Must show the ability to genuinely care for the community and stakeholders and must have the potential to share time and talent to help spread the entrepreneurship advocacy;
  5. Must be well-respected by their peers.

The statement in Ina’s Certificate of Recognition reflects the above qualifications:

“For engendering peace through the innovative use of coffee as source of livelihood, community-building and conflict reduction. Her unwavering commitment to improving the plight of farmers and establishing peacebuilding mechanisms in conflicted areas of Mindanao through her business Coffee for Peace has brought inclusive growth to the region.

The award is given to Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs who emulate the modern-day successful Filipina with an enterprising attitude, passion beyond measure, an innovative outlook on doing business, and heart for contributing to the inclusive growth of our nation.”

This story was published in a national newspaper from the perspective of Mindanao.

COFFEE FARMERS FROM SOUTHERN MINDANAO VISITED CFP PROCESSING YARD

Thirty-four (34) coffee farmers from the municipality of Maasim, Sarangani Province, and from the municipalities of Kalamansig and Lebak, Sultan Kudarat Province visited our processing yard and bistro in Davao City.

Joji Felicitas Bautista Pantoja, CEO of Coffee For Peace, Inc., gave the farmers a half-day overview on coffee planting, post-harvest processing, quality grading, packaging, and marketing. We hope to continue this engagement with these farmers until a mutual initiative for long-term partnership between us is developed.

They were brought here by Pasali Philippines Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization from General Santos City. This is part of their project called “Reducing Rural Poverty through AgroEntrepreneurship,” in partnership with PinoyMe Foundation.

OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH KALINGA PEOPLE AND LEADERS GETS DEEPER

Lakan Sumulong, our CFP StoryTeller, visited our friends and partners in Kalinga last 28 January – 02 February 2017. He renewed and strengthened our relationship —

  • With the Alngag clan where Tala, one of our inclusive development mentors, belong. We’re especially grateful for Malou Alngag who shared her vision and enthusiasm to advance peace and reconciliation (PAR) principles and practices in Kalinga through her professional skills and expertise in the field of Public Administration.
  • With Aiza, our field worker in Kalinga; it was great to get to know her family and tribe through our StoryTeller — especially his father, Gilbert Baluyan — in Barangay Talalang, Balbalan, Upper Kalinga.
  • With the local religious and spiritual leaders there and the precious time of conversations to deepen our understanding of their worldview, value system, and customary laws.

  • With the leadership of the the Cordillera People’s Liberatìon Army (direct core group of the late Father Conrado Balweg), especially for the generous hospitality of Ma’am Chupan Chulsi, their Chief of Staff.
  • With Johnny Sawadan, a former deputy general secretary of the Cordillera People’s Alliance, and who is now volunteering to help establish PAR communities in the Cordillera Region.
  • With the local government officials, for giving us the chance to formally present the inclusive development consulting services of PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. and the economic-ecological transformation initiatives of Coffee For Peace Inc.