“Like the popular hugot memes Nagmahal, Nasaktan…, Sierra Madre loved us, without hesitation shared its bounty to the people that are dependent to her.
Pangatlo (3) na ngayon ang Pilipinas sa pinakamalaking pinagkukunan ng ginto sa buong mundo, pang-apat sa pagmimina ng copper, pang-lima sa nickel at pang-anim sa chromite.
While the group welcomes the move of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to order a moratorium to some mining industry operations, “it is imperative to do the same to other destructive business ventures like forest-land conversion that paved way to making Sierra Madre as a spot to Eco-Tourism projects.
Permits are still given to few big logging concessionaires those rampantly cutting trees even at the heart of the forested area, while Greening programs prioritize plants like rattan, jathropa, kamoteng-kahoy, yellow corn for bio-diesel, and used as raw materials in lined with industries’ demands instead of planting native variety of trees,” Mark Almazan – chairperson of STEP-SM lamented.
“Sierra Madre, like all other natural environment has its’ carrying capacity.
And at this point, it already reached its limit,” says Almazan.