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Date CreatedNovember 30, 2021
Date UpdatedNovember 30, 2021
Nominator NameEfraim Tendero
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Nominator Gender
  • Male
Category of nomination qualificationAn intellectual, spiritual, or cultural leader
Nominator Phone+639177922190
Nominator OrganizationWorld Evangelical Alliance
Nominee NameLuis Daniel Pantoja
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Nominee Gender
  • Male
Nominee Phone+639088888017
Nominee OrganizationPeacebuilders Community Inc.
Nominee Achievement Brief

Luis Daniel Pantoja is a peacebuilder who understands the importance of a wholistic approach to peacebuilding. Quoting their organization’s website, his framework of peace embraces spiritual transformation, psycho-social transformation, socio-political transformation, and economic-ecological transformation. His approach is genuine listening to people, seeking to understand their worldviews, culture and history. In his peacebuilding engagements, Mr. Pantoja starts with a relationship grounded on transparency and respect. He founded Peacebuilders Community Inc., (PBCI) after living with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that was then in an armed conflict with the Government of the Philippines (GPH).

Through his leadership, PBCI bridged the relationship between the MILF and the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches at the height of the armed conflict. This relationship started dialogues between Muslim and Evangelical Christians in the Philippines. When the political climate turned against the peace agreement with the MILF, PCEC remained one of its staunchest supporters until it was signed into law in 2018. Furthermore, Mr. Pantoja spearheaded the institutionalization of a Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Committee in the PCEC which focuses on peace and justice issues in the country. Mr. Pantoja also bridged the relationship between the PCEC and the Mindanao Peaceweavers (MPW), a coalition of peacebuilding organizations that played an important part in the dialogue of the MILF and GPH. The presence of PCEC in MPW contributed to the latter a strong base of support in Luzon, the Philippines’ main island. This support was crucial especially when the GPH-MILF peace talks was stalled in 2014.

Aside from supporting the formal peace talks, Mr. Pantoja remained active on the ground by dialoguing with soldiers of both sides to help reduce the skirmishes, training community members in peace and reconciliation, doing fact-finding in conflict zones, providing relief aid and psycho-social support for conflict-affected areas, and building understanding by connecting Christian and Muslim families.

He also bridged an indigenous community and a multinational company that were in conflict for decades. Through a restorative justice approach, the process resulted into reparations for the indigenous communities living on the land where the company is based. A sustainable agreement was crafted grounded on indigenous spirituality and culture.

At present, Mr. Pantoja is now leading his team in listening to different indigenous communities and upon their invitation, helping create social enterprises grounded on their culture and identity. The social enterprises are part of a wholistic approach to peacebuilding especially in contexts where basic needs are not met and armed revolution is an option to address poverty.

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Letter to prove your eligibility:2021_1129-Confirmation-Bp-Efraim-Tendero.pdf
Letter of endorsement:Pantoja-Zayed-Peace-Nomination.pdf
Nominee's current curriculum vitae or Bio:LakanCurriculumVitae2021.pdf