Nine graduate students from the University of British Columbia – School of Community and Regional Planning (UBC-SCARP), led by their professor, Dr. Leonora Angeles, chose to do their field research among Coffee For Peace (CFP) partner communities in Kalinga. They were hosted by Twinkle Alngag Bautista, our PAR Missionary in the Cordillera Region. They were also welcomed by Juanita Chulsi, the Chief of Staff of the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) which is based in Camp Conrado Balweg, Kalinga.
The UBC-SCARP objectives were to learn about our Coffee for Peace field operations and to get acquainted with certain programs of PeaceBuilders Community which utilize alternative development and sharing economy through volunteerism. The learning from this field work would be part of a research and capacity building service that their graduate students can provide by —
- documenting CFP history,
- mapping CFP organizational development, and
- assessing CFP program process and outcomes.
This practical work-study is part of a Philippine Planning Studio field course that UBC-SCARP is offering.
Last 29 May 2016, Dann and Joji Pantoja, founding leaders of Coffee For Peace, met with these UBC-SCARP students at the home of Dr. Angeles during a pre-departure session to understand more the context of fair trade CFP is doing in relation to the alternative development and sharing economy on which the students want to do in-depth research.
The UBC-SCARP students left Vancouver, Canada in July 2016. Upon arrival in the Philippines they visited Baguio and Davao in the 2nd and 3rd week of July.
We’re so excited for the short- and long-term impact of this partnership with UBC-SCARP.