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Vancouver, 29 May 2016. Dann and Joji Pantoja, founding leaders of Coffee For Peace (CFP) and PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI), met with a group of graduate students from the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), University of British Columbia. This class is led by Dr. Leonora C. Angeles, Associate Professor, SCRP.

This class of 9 graduate students are doing their Masters in Community and Regional Planning. They will be visiting both our Davao and Kalinga operations to┬álearn more about CFP and other programs at PBCI which utilize alternative development and sharing economy through volunteerism. Their learning could be part of a research and capacity building service they can provide by documenting CFP’s history, mapping our organizational development, and assessing program process and outcomes. This practical work-study is part of a Philippine Planning Studio field course which Dr. Angeles is offering.

These UBC grad students, along with Dr. Angeles, will be leaving for a July field research and study in the Philippines, and will be visiting Kalinga and Davao in the 2nd and 3rd week of July 2016.

It was good for Dann & Joji to meet with the leaders of this group at the home of Dr. Angeles in Vancouver during their pre-departure session. In this meeting, the Pantojas shared with them how to understand more the context of fair trade coffee in relation to the sharing economy and alternative development work that CFP and PBCI are doing.