SMC steps up cleanup of Tullahan, Pasig Rivers

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    San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is targeting to dredge a total of 700,000 tons of garbage from the Tullahan river and Pasig river annually.

    The company said clean-up operations to remove 600 tons of garbage daily resumed with the lifting of restrictions in June.

    SMC said the P1-billion clean-up and dredging project will also benefit other major rivers and water tributaries in Bulacan that lead to Manila Bay and aid in flood mitigation initiatives.

    Ramon Ang, SMC’s president and chief operating officer, said a hydrology study identified the Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando river system as one of the major tributaries leading to Manila Bay that will need constant dredging.

    The Malolos stream acts as a spillway for water coming from Angat and Ipo Dams.

    An average of 600 tons of silt and solid waste from the initial 5.25-km part of the Tullahan from Bagumbayan South in Navotas City to Barangay Catmon in Malabon City is being extracted. As of September 14, more than 29,000 metric tons of dredged soil and solid waste were already collected from the river.

    “We are looking to complete the Navotas-Malabon section in two years and we are expecting to dredge a total of 1 million cubic meters from this section alone. From there, we will move to the Valenzuela and Caloocan section of the Tullahan River,” Ang said.