ENVIRONMENTAL ALERT: Pico de Loro is burning!! The Nasugbu side is full of burnt forests and fallen trees



Dear friends, I’m on hospital duty right now but I wish to inform you of the most shocking thing we saw yesterday when I climbed with the Born to be Wild crew of GMA-7 led by Kiko Rustia, himself a mountaineer, and members of various mountaineering clubs (UP Mountaineers, San Beda Mountaineering Society, UP ORG, my old hiking friend Sai Sicad) up Pico de Loro to do a small clean-up and environmental assessment climb. The whole panorama of the Batangas side of Pico de Loro is full of burnt areas, whole hectares of them. Imagine our shock when we expected to document a small campsite fire, only to find ourselves confronted with a problem of shocking proportions!

The campsite fire is just the tip of the iceberg. Is this a forest fire or an illegal logging operation? Is this what you call a “DENR Protected Landscape”? What is going on in Pico de Loro?!?!

Pictures taken by Jacob Sarreal of the San Beda Mountaineering Society.
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31 Comments on "ENVIRONMENTAL ALERT: Pico de Loro is burning!! The Nasugbu side is full of burnt forests and fallen trees"


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Anonymous
7 years 8 days ago

DENR in Cavite is very busy in their land grabbing activities so they cant protect our mountains.even mt palaypalay which is also a protected area has a big quarry site.

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Anonymous
10 years 5 months ago

kung si ATIENZA pa rin ang DENR sec. e hindi sya atin KASI WALA NAMANG GINAGAWANG MAKAKATULONG e. kay PAQIUAO maari, pero sa totoong tungkulin nya bilang sec. DENR, e mayron ba?
e kahit noong nag vice at nag mayor yan ano bang ginawa nyan sa maynila, ang maynila ginawang GUBAT sa dami ng pinayagang maglagay ng kung ano ano sa BAY walk. na halos hindi lugar ng pasyalan kundi GIMIKAN. kasi that is where the money is
ngayon kabundukan naman ang gustong gawing syudand na parang manila noong hindi pa sya nanugkulan at ngayon na wala na sya.
bago lang ang lola nyo dito sa site na ito at sa mga nabasa ko e parang magandang magluksa sa mga nangyayari sa atin kalikasan na buong pagmamahal na ibinigay ng DIOS sa tao. kung bakit ang mga taong (mukha lang) e magagaling sumunod da demonyo ng mga utak nila na sirain ang natural resources na dapat e tao ang nakikinabang.
sorry mga anak at apo at naging ganito salita ko. pag palain ang mga tulad nyo na hindi lang nagmamahal sa bayan kundi nagmamahal din sa atin lupang kalikasan

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Anonymous
10 years 5 months ago

oo lahat tayo dapat kumilos pero sino ba yun me duty at me budget from ur taxes, denr pa rin.
palitan kasi ng totoong me pagmamalasakit sa kalikasan yun nasa denr from cenro to especially yun department secretary na naka floral shirt pero ngpapaputol ng old trees sa manila, at akala yata ang duty nya ay magpa photo ops sa laban n pacqiuao

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Mary Anne Alarcon-Olan
10 years 11 months ago

hmmm… i've asked CENRO/ DENR for a list of denuded forests and mountains in batangas, kasi our company is planning to have a tree-planting activity. but they couldn't give me any list. they just mentioned an area in a barangay in Lobo. Good thing i came across this website. Yah, i remember i've watched that Born to be Wild episode about Pico de Loro. I guess i'll check out the area myself and see what i can work out about our activity. Kung sino man sa inyo ang may pede pang irefer sa akin na denuded areas in batangas na pedeng pagtaniman ng mga puno, kindly send me useful details thru irbfi@bangkokabayan.com. Salamat po, and let's all do our part to save our Mother Earth.

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Anonymous
11 years 1 month ago

tsk tsk tsk.. sana active talaga denr at bantay gubat.. pero wala pa ko nasasalubong na ganun sa bundok.. ha-high-five ako if i see one.