Planting Falcata trees
The irrigation system in the area around the Children's Village has been out of order for a while due to a problem with a local dam. For many local rice farmers this is a disaster, as the growing of rice is very water-intensive. The Children's Village's farmland is also one of the affected and can no longer be used to farm rice. Thus the management decided to use this area to grow Falcata trees, which are less water intensive. Their wood is in high demand by two companies in Davao in order to produce paper. MARIPHIL workers, volunteers and the children were happy to help to plant the trees. Now we have to be patient until the 1000 baby plants have become bigger!