Residents of Barangay Buluan in Kabacan, North Cotabao earn a living by producing charcoal from ipil-ipil trees and from tree stumps floating in Rio Grande. A sack of charcoal is sold at 150 pesos at farm gate. MindaNews photo by JULES L. BENITEZ
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