Ms. Dee Dimaisip Bat-og has been mentoring a group of young farmers belonging to the Moro and Indigenous Peoples from PALMA municipalities. They dreamt of starting a social entrepreneurial initiative through coffee. They organized themselves and formed PeaceCreed Philippines. They found it best to learn social entrepreneurship and quality coffee production framed in Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) principles. They called PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. and Coffee For Peace to help them.
PALMA Alliance — an economic cooperation among the North Cotabato municipalities of Pigcawayan, Pikit, Aleosan, Libungan, Midsayap, and Alamada — supported their initiative and appointed representatives to learn the PBCI-CFP approach in producing world-class quality coffee, framed in the values of relational harmony.
Last 07-08 February 2019, the PALMA Alliance representatives, along with Ms. Dee and leaders of PeaceCreed Philippines went through the initial training at the PeaceBuilders Inclusive Development Learning Center in Managa, Bansalan, Davao del Sur.
We’re hoping that this would be the beginning of a possible partnership between PBCI-CFP and the PALMA Alliance through the bridging leadership of Ms. Dee and the PeaceCreed Philippines.
Sihaya Ansibod, PBCI-CFP Director of Field Operations, developed the Farm Visitation Program to get first-hand and up-to-date information on the state of our farming partners’ lives, wellness, farming successes, farming challenges, and aspirations. We’re passionate about holistic and inclusive development. We’re very careful not to impose coffee farming if it’s not appropriate in a given social, cultural, or geographical context. We, at PBCI-CFP Tribe, believe that this Farm Visitation Program, an aspect of our on-going Participatory Action Research (PAR) around Mt. Apo, would help us to be true to our philosophy of development — from the ground up.