Last 15-17 March 2018, our Inclusive Development Consulting Group (IDCG) travelled to the Municipality of Lambunao, Iloilo Province —
- to continue the on-going landscape architecture consultation between AJM Planning and Design and the local government; and,
- to facilitate an inclusive development workshop among coffee farmers, buyers, and traders there.
The IDCG was composed of Tala Alngag Bautista, AJ Moldez, and Lakan Sumulong.
AJ Moldez, principal at AJM Planning and Design, presented its schemes for the urban design and landscape architecture of the municipality of Lambunao. “Investing in green public spaces,” according to AJ, “has been a priority of Mayor Jason Gonzales.”
It was AJ who introduced Coffee For Peace to be a part of this inclusive development consortium who are now serving this town as consultants. AJM has adopted the Peace and Reconciliation Principles and Practices as framework of his landscape architectural projects. “Through design,” he asserts, “the goal is to achieve socio-economic, socio-political and socio-cultural transformation.” He is praying that this IDCG would “journey with more public officials and municipalities in order to make cities in the Philippines beautiful and prosperous places to live in.”
During our initial meeting, Mayor Jason Gonzales shared his vision to rejuvenate the coffee industry in his town. Lambunao used to be Panay Island’s highest supplier of coffee in the 1970s and 80s. Within the Champion Farmers Program of Mayor Gonzales and his team, Coffee For Peace has been invited to explore and to journey with the local government on how Lambunao’s coffee quality and quantity would be improved and be known as a world-class specialty coffee.