San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has set aside P1 billion in funding for the rehabilitation of Pasig River, which is scheduled to begin this May.
The business conglomerate has partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to undertake the clean-up project – with the hope of reviving the historic body of water.
“San Miguel Corporation (SMC) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will commence the cleanup of the Pasig River before the end of May as the company commits to spend P1 billion for the initiative the boldest and most recent attempt at reviving the biologically inactive river,” the company announced on Wednesday (May 12).
The plan will include the dredging of the Pasig River, which will see sediments and debris from below excavated. This, in turn, will help unclog the major waterway.
Once the project commences, it will extract 50,000 metric tons of silt and waste every month from the ‘biologivally inactive’ river. That’s a total of 600,000 metric tons per year.
According to SMC President and CEO Ramon Ang, the Pasig River Rehabilitation Project is a necessary step in creating a balance between the economy and the environment.
Ang stressed that river pollution leads to the compounding of problems for Filipinos, which needs to be immediately addressed.
“Like traffic, congestion, and smog, pollution of our bodies of water is one of the many issues that have made life difficult and less than ideal for all of us these past couple of decades,” he said.
“While many of us may not immediately notice it, we are paying a big price for these compounding problems. Our advocacy is to take action and undo some of the damage and rescue and rehabilitate our rivers,” Ang added.
Last year, SMC launched a similar project for the Tullahan River. The same strategy will be adopted for the Meycauayan River in Bulacan – as part of SMC’s flood mitigation program in the city.
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