WALL against the storm or ‘stormwall’. That’s the name of the Sierra Madre mountain range.
It is almost 540 kilometers long, spanning ten provinces in the eastern part or ‘eastern portion’ of the Philippines, and its highest peak is at 1,915 meters. It covers ten provinces from Cagayan to parts of Rizal and Laguna and has an area of 1.4 million hectares.
Sierra Madre once again proved its invaluable service to Filipinos, when it destroyed Super Typhoon “Karding” last week. Sierra Madre weakened Karding before it passed through Metro Manila and Central Luzon and eventually exited the Philippines.
At the same time as Karding was whipped, netizens’ comments and warnings flooded social media. If I only had a peso for every “sana” posted on socmed, I might be a millionaire by now.
I hope we take care of the Sierra Madre. I hope we don’t destroy his forests. I hope that Sierra Madre’s environmental services such as water flow, habitat for animals and insects, absorption of dirty ‘carbon dioxide’ from the air and emission of clean ‘oxygen’ will continue. Hope the rivers stay clean. I hope the natives will not be evicted from the land inherited from their ancestors. I hope you don’t let the forest go bald.
But with the amount of money the Sierra Madre wants to make, maybe within a generation, the mountains will no longer be able to bear the burden of him. There is illegal logging, mining and quarrying. Kaliwa Dam and projects of residential subdivisions. Big hi-ways and diversion roads in the middle of forests. Even tourism attractions have a negative impact on the entire Sierra Madre.
We were shocked by the reported floods in Pampanga, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Laguna and Rizal. If the condensation of the Sierra Madre continues, the damage and disaster we will see in the next super typhoon will be doubled.
May that not happen, with you, Sierra Madre.
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