The river and flood clean-up initiatives organized y the government and the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) in Navotas, Malabon, and Valenzuela are starting to bear fruit. 

Communities reading near the Tullahan River are now reaping the benefits of the flood mitigation efforts – more so now that the monsoon season in Luzon and Metro Manila is at hand. 

Through the administration’s construction of a river wall, the non-stop operation of pumping stations, and the ongoing Php 1-billion worth river dredging and cleanup project of SMC, flooding caused by this week’s recent rainfall in the areas mentioned earlier quickly subsided.

The measures also prevented water from rising to dangerous levels – a feat that happened often before they were in place. 

“With the heavy rains brought by Typhoon Fabian and the southwest monsoon the past few days, we closely monitored the flooding situation at critical sections of the Tullahan River. Despite the heavy rains even during the high tide period, there was no river overflow and the flash floods at nearby areas quickly subsided in a few hours,” SMC President Ramon Ang said.

Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian also praised SMC’s dredging efforts, which significantly reduced flooding in his city.

“The floodwaters disappeared quickly. Yesterday, it was gone after five hours. Before it takes the whole day,” Gatchalian said. 

At present, Ang reported that SMC has already extracted 332,192 metric tons (MT) of silt and solid waste from the river, which were then moved to government-approved disposal centers.

According to Ang, the Tullahan-Tinajeros River System Cleanup Project is part of SMC’s wider set of sustainability goals. It includes planting more than 7 million trees nationwide, the move to renewable energy sources, cutting off its utility water use by 50 percent, and more.

Watch SMC’s project update below.

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