Save the Sierra Madre
Save the Sierra Madre
Save Sierra Madre
For good reason, the Sierra Madre is known as Luzon's backbone. Apart from acting as a spine along the eastern coast of Luzon, holding the nation upright, its true function is to act as nature's shield against the danger of strong typhoons and heavy flooding.
The Sierra Madre is the country's longest mountain range and our best chance for overcoming the Philippines' numerous natural disasters. It protects the 50 million people in Luzon by spanning ten provinces and three regions. Although it cannot deter typhoons in their tracks, it can weaken them and withstand the worst of them. This is home to hundreds of wildlife animals, many of which are endemic to the Philippines, such as the Philippine eagle and golden crowned flying fox, as well as indigenous populations such as the Agta.
Global warming has always posed the most significant threat to the earth, and the Sierra Madre is no different. Illegal — and legitimate — mining, logging, and development on its property are steadily eroding Luzon's largest environmental shield. Inside the vast mountain range are about 20 nature reserves and forests, including La Mesa Watershed Reservation and the Upper Marikina River System.
The multibillion-peso Kaliwa Dam Project would also have a negative impact on human lives and families, but would also ruin the environment and destroy the habitats of hundreds of vulnerable endangered species in the Sierra Madre mountain range, including the Highly Threatened Philippine Eagle. Sierra Madre is one of the most biodiverse regions on the globe, as well as the country's only existing region of rainforest.
With this in mind, we continue to condemn the building of the Kaliwa Dam, which will be built near the Sierra Madre and will impact communities in the Rizal and Quezon provinces. It would necessitate the removal of trees not only where the dam will be built, but also where the roads leading to the dam will be built. The Kaliwa Dam, which was promoted as a way to increase water demand on the Angat Dam and reduce reliance on it, would undoubtedly do more harm than good. When will we ever learn? This petition will not only benefit the Sierra Madre, but it will also benefit the people who live there, as well as the rest of Luzon, as it is the backbone of the country.