SSMESI

Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society is a church-IPs oriented born on May 1 1996 at DRT, Bulacan.

Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society News

  • Alvarado Stop Cutting Trees At Angat Watershed

    While thankful that the repair and strengthening of the nearly 50-year-old Angat dam is now underway, Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado has urged contractors of the Angat Hydropower Corporation (AHC) to refrain from cutting trees at the watershed area.

    At a meeting with AHC engineers led by Russel Rigor and officials of the Sagip Sierra Madre Environment Society headed by Bro. Martin Francisco at the Capitol the other day, Alvarado was shocked that 924 trees had been cut to give way to heavy equipment working on the dam.

    Pointing out that many of these trees were decades-old, he told th ...

  • Volunteering On A Black Saturday

    Part of its mission to inspire and initiate leadership opportunities for its members, Children International Manila Alumni Association (CIMAA) regularly conducts community service project. This year on a Black Saturday, eight members of CIMAA (including our family and with a guest volunteer) helped build an earth dome for the Dumagat (indigenous community) in the mountains of Angat in Norzagaray, Bulacan. The said earth dome is part of an experimental project for the possible ecotourism project of the Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society together with the Dumagat in the community.

    Under ...

  • Lower Sierra Madre Grantees Hold First Hub Conference

    SGP grantees from the Lower Sierra Madre recently participated in the Lower Sierra Madre Hub Annual Conference held at the Central Luzon State University, Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija, from 7-9 September. The Conference was organized by Tanggol Kalikasan (TK), the SGP hub for Lower Sierra Madre.

    More than 50 participants attended the event which aimed to provide a venue for sharing of experiences and lessons learned by project beneficiaries and selected civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Lower Sierra Madre (LSM) hub.

    Atty. Rodolfo Ferdinand N. Quicho, Jr., GEF SGP5 Country P ...

  • Only 3000 Trees To Fall In Angat Dam Rehab DENR

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has allowed more than 3,000 trees to be cut at the Angat watershed in Bulacan province, not 26,000 trees as earlier reported.

    The trees stand in the way of the old quarry from where the Hanjin Heavy Industries (HHI) would mine rocks as stabilizing materials for the rehabilitation of the 49-year-old Angat Dam, which supplies 97 percent of Metro Manila's potable water.

    HHI was the contractor commissioned by the Angat Hydropower Corp. (AHC) to undertake Phase 2 of the P1-billion rehabilitation project.

    "The actual number approved ...

  • Bulacan Students Tapped For Angat Watershed Reforestation

    Student power in one of Bulacan province's biggest universities has been tapped to reforest part of the 62,000-hectare Angat watershed that has been sustaining the Angat Dam, Metro Manila's primary source of potable water.

    Students and teachers of Bulacan State University (BulSU) will start planting thousands of trees, including fruit-bearing species, in 25 hectares of the watershed on Nov. 5, following the signing of a memorandum of agreement to conduct the Angat watershed rainforestation project.

    The university has 30,000 students.

    The project, initiated by BulSU president Cecilia
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  • Protected Sierra Madre Means Life For IPs The Whole Nation

    According to the Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance Inc. (SSMNA), citing a 2004 study by Eken, et al. and a 2007 study by Langhammer, et al. key biodiversity areas (KBAs) are identified nationally using simple, globally standardized criteria and thresholds, based on the needs of biodiversity requiring safeguards at the site scale.

    The Sierra Madre has at least 201 species of mammals, 556 species of birds, over 85 species of amphibians and 252 species of reptiles, of which 48 percent are endemic, with many of these near-threatened, critical, vulnerable and endangered.

    According to SSMNA, ...