Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society is an Environmental group that monitors and documents the status of the Sierra Madre mountain region, specifically Ipo and Angat watershed dam.
Last Earth day, April 22 2014, the group went to monitor illegal activities that are being done in the mountains. This includes forest fire burning and illegal logging.
To counteract such activities that undermines the health of the mountains, awareness campaigns are done online.
Sierra Madre is home to the Dumagat tribes, one of the many indigenous people living in the Philippines. Part of Earth’s Day activity is to raise awareness of the mountain’s current state to the tribes. Alternative livelihood projects to these tribes were also conducted, specially that some planting activities such as planting of rice are banned in the area. This is difficult for the tribes, which, even if natural resources are abundant, they still often go hungry.
Computer and drawing classes were also taught to the young people of the tribe so they can be updated with current technology… who knows, these young people can also have facebook in the future. But for now, they first need to have electricity and flowing water (despite being very near Angat Dam).
Initial idea for an eco tourism project is also being discussed, this has a great potential but will take time to develop. For details, donations and project collaboration, kindly contact Bro Martin Francisco at 09175503182 for Globe or 09399124711 for Smart