Asian conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) extended the reach of its P1-billion Tullahan-Tinajeros river system cleanup to 11.5 kilometers (km), close to halfway of the entire 27-km. stretch, to further complement ongoing flood mitigation measures in the cities of Navotas, Malabon and Valenzuela, before the start of the rainy season.
SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has approved the company’s dredging plans for sectors 4 and 5 of the river system, covering the length of the river from Tinajeros Bridge to Potrero in Malabon and Valenzuela cities.
The section represents an additional 6.3 kilometers of dredging area, in addition to the initial 5.25-km Sectors 1 to 3 from the Manila Bay in Navotas, to the Tinajeros Bridge in Malabon, which SMC had been working on.
Cleanup shifts to high gear
“We are making all the necessary preparations now to move into the next phase of our river cleanup and flood management initiative. We’re investing in new equipment, and hiring more people. We are fully committed to our advocacy of cleaning up major rivers and helping our cities with flood mitigation,” Ang said.
“We thank the DPWH for approving our plans for this new stretch, which will benefit Valenzuela and upstream portion of Malabon. As soon as we acquire the special equipment, we will start work on these sections by early April, while simultaneously maintaining our dredging operations from Manila Bay in Navotas to Tinajeros Bridge, or sectors one to three,” Ang added.
Ang said aside from cleaning and increasing the depth of the river to accommodate more rainwater, especially during the typhoon season, the DPWH has required the widening of portions of the river.