President Aquino Declares September 26, as "Save Sierra Madre Day" - Proclamation No. 233

The Sierra Madre is the longest mountain range in the Philippines which forest habitat has been threatened because of logging and coal-making.

In view of this alarming situation, President Benigno S. Aquino III declared September 26, 2011 as "Save Sierra Madre Day" through Proclamation No. 233 which was signed on August 10, 2011 by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. to step up efforts for “the rehabilitation, reforestation, protection and conservation of the Sierra Madre Mountains.”

The President noted that most of the flooding can be attributed to the continuous deforestation of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

“On September 26, 2009, “Typhoon Ondoy” brought upon our country continuous heavy rains that caused flooding in major cities and also took the lives of many of our countrymen,” the President said.

President Aquino said the proclamation will help boost awareness among the general public on the importance of preserving the forest as well as protecting the natural resources of the country.

The Save Sierra Madre Day coincides with the day the deadly typhoon Ondoy brought devastation to Metro Manila and other nearby provinces.

The range of Sierra Madre starts in the province of Cagayan and ends in the province of Quezon, just east of Laguna de Bay.

To download full Proclamation No. 233, click here. For other news from the Office of the President of the Philippines, visit the official website @

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