Letter from an OFW wanting to help build a farm in the Philippines falling on the same problems many face.

Got inspired again in farming after reading your story. btw i’m a Filipino. i have a small farm in pangasinan in which i planted it with 80 carabao mango trees. and there are about 15 cashew trees which is already there when i bought the land. and was planning to have some pigs and goats too. i have beautiful and high expectations on the farm i bought, but instead got a big headache. well my biggest problem are my farm neighbours.they are just fond of stealing, and wrecking things in the farm. i have fenced it but they still let their goats and carabao graze in my land. it’s alright with me but their animals kept on eating my 5 ft. tall mango trees. i have already invested a lot of money to the farm that’s why i’m really pissed off. i have tried to do a lot of act of kindness to them but it did’nt work. they would pull the cyclone fences down.and after repairing it after one month it would be in a wreck again.i even let them use my jetmatic pump. but they easily got it busted. and
after spending money to have it again , they would wreck it again. got really fed up with those people taking advantage of me. i even let them harvest the fruits of the cashew nut trees and leave the two trees to me. but instead they would take all of it… got really tired of thinking what to do with these people and i’m planning to totally give up on the farm, but instead read your story and told myself these foreigners are dealing really good with them, the fact that they are foreigners. and me, a Filipino, giving up? so the hell with those thieves in the farm! i’m going to continue my plans until they get tired of stealing!

5 comments for “Letter from an OFW wanting to help build a farm in the Philippines falling on the same problems many face.

  1. Paul33noodles
    January 19, 2011 at 6:44 am

    ahh you are a ofw.. try airsoft pellets..

  2. January 19, 2011 at 6:47 am

    If it was me I would fence it in completely and get one or two big ferocious dogs. That should stop them knocking down the fences and stealing.

  3. Dave deakin
    January 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    You need to be tough on them make them aware they are on your land and its all got to stop. In the Philippines people respond to kindness with theft and disrespect. Get angry and make them leave your land, fence it off and make them aware if you catch any animals on your lot again you will leave poision for the animals as they shouldn’t be there. The only nice person in the Philippines is a fool, Filipinos don’t respect it and see it as a sign of weakness treat them like dirt and they will respect the fact your not having any more of their crap anymore.

  4. Mchristine077
    January 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Agree. Stop being nice. I hate to say this, but there are many, many Filipinos who would take your arm when you offer a hand. I don’t know what it is, maybe different generations? Signs of an increasingly difficult times? I would do as Dave suggested, poison the animals but don’t tell them you’d do it. Feign innocence.

  5. Tropicalpenpals
    January 21, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Its getting the neighbours to take responsibility for their actions. I know of people who have simply given up on the Philippines as OFW’s they own land and it could be farmed but due to the fact they are no longer in the country and their caretakers are nothing but stupid thieves the lands sit empty and the caretakers sit jobless.

    There is something badly wrong with the mentality of many people when it comes to property ownership taking the quick theft over a future for themselves and their children.