At the timber yards with the band saws, where most of the construction timber is sawn, the workers very often live with their families on the site or nearby. So it happens that whole families work with the processing of the logs and the resulting wood waste.
The men stand at the band saws where the logs are cut to the right size. A lot of waste is produced in the process. Much of it is turned into fruit and vegetable boxes by the women of the families. Other leftovers become firewood for bakeries, restaurants and also for private consumption.
You see women at the circular saws cutting the unused slats to size for banana and tomato crates, and others nailing them together. Often the older children in the family help out to contribute to the livelihood. Meanwhile, the older women look after the youngest. Very often, the wood and sawmill yard becomes a children’s playground.
In the community of Tagoloan, in Misamis Oriental, in Northern Mindanao, there are some of these wood yards. We were there with the camera:
By the WOODEN BOX MAKERS of TAGOLOAN