16-17 September 2021. After the six-month Inclusive Development Training, the Bagobo Tagabawa community in Barangay Binaton, Digos City begins a long-term partnership with the PBCI-CFP Tribe. This partnership involves community-based, culturally contextualized Social Enterprise Development framed in Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) principles and practices. Because 80% of the participants in this program are women, we are giving greater emphasis on indigenous women’s leadership development. We are sharing the aspiration of the Bagobo Tagabawa Indigenous People to realize and enjoy their right to self-determination and to protect their ancestral domain.
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.
We were invited by the Sumacher Tribe of the Upper Kalinga to explore an inclusive development partnership with them starting with coffee production and marketing. This is part of our long term relationship with the Kalinga people that started in 2010. Twinkle Alngag Bautista, or Tala for those who are close to her, is the […]
The conflict is about 3,000 hectares of rich, arable land around Mount Kalayo in the Province of Bukidnon. The parties are the Central Mindanao University (CMU) and the Talaandig Tribe. CMU firmly takes the position that they legally own the land based on Torrens Title. The Talaandig Council of Elders insists they own the land […]
Kriz Cruzado (CFP Research & Development Coordinator) facilitated the meeting of various tribal representatives in Mindanao who are involved in fair coffee production and trading. They come from three different First Nations in Mindanao–the Dulangan Manobo from Lebak, Sultan Kudarat, the Talaandig from Mount Kitanglad in Bukidnon, and the B’laan from Mount Matutum in South […]
Joji Pantoja (CFP Chief Operating Officer) and her staff started a dialogue with Maragusan town Mayor Cesar Colina (first photo, seated behind his desk). The two initial meetings led to an agreement to explore an Arabica planting program to help the Indigenous Peoples in the Compostela Valley (ComVal) Province in Southeastern Mindanao. ComVal is so […]
Coffee For Peace (CFP) has been working with the office of the Hon. Thomas A. Killip, the Presidential Assistant in the Cordillera Administrative Region (PA-CAR), in advancing Fair Trade Principles among the coffee industry players in his region. Dann Pantoja, CFP’s Fair Trade Advocacy Director, met with Mr. Killip last January 28, 2008 in his […]
Coffee For Peace is feeling the need to increase our supply of coffee beans. Because we’re committed to serve fair-traded coffee only, we have to explore direct growers in Mindanao. Through the introduction of a local spiritual leader, we met a group of farmers in Barangay Sibulan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. These coffee farmers […]