It will also be quieter for us, because after the payment of the 13th Monday salary, which is compulsory in the Philippines, the staff will take a little time off and we will pick up our desks, because the Davao City Office has to be ready for handover on 27 December 2021, as we reported earlier. From January 3, 2020, we will be based on Samal Island. Our mangrove plantings are completed for 2021. We have planted around 435,000 for the Malizia project and 9,500 for click-a-tree. Our plantings are being supervised by Dr Lea Jimenez and her students, who are preparing the second evaluation of the reforestations early next year. From January, we will go into the next round, because we want to quickly break the 500,000 mark for Malizia.
Because our collaboration with the State University is not only a benefit for nature, but is also done with mutual respect and in harmony, we took a boat trip to our „workplace“, Pujada Bay, to Pajada Island on 8 December. Besides having fun, the next steps were on the agenda, but also our dreams of a Malizia showroom and a floating laboratory for the students. Our motto also applies to dreams: We are working on it. Things are also a little quieter in the timber department. We are currently negotiating with the environmental authority to obtain a new area for afforestation with endemic trees. Here we will follow a tried and tested pattern to convert fallow land back into forest. We only look after the seedlings for three years. After that, they have to stand on their own roots. After a start, a forest can develop on its own, because no human being knows how to shape a forest better than nature.
In Monkayo, the first mahogany trees are felled. It‘s sad, but if you love wood as a material, you have to accept that trees will be felled for it. We have wooden tables, window frames, but also chopping boards and stirring spoons made of wood. Wood is a wonderful building material with the advantage that it always grows back, and we will never run out of it if we always plant it in time. At this point, I would once again like to recommend our savings program. It starts at 10 Euro a month.
I don‘t want to take any more of your time than necessary. Please also note our four bestsellers. Although these will no longer be on the gift table due to time constraints, occasions for these gifts are not necessary. They simply always fit. Until next year
Your Mama Earth Team