SMC to start Pasig River cleanup in April

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 8) — San Miguel Corporation will begin cleanup operations of the Pasig River in April, aiming to extract approximately 600,000 tons of garbage per year for the next five years.

In a release on Monday, SMC said it would work with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Public Works and Highways, among others, to clean up the waterway with the target to remove 50,000 tons of waste per month.

"Through the years, Pasig River has become narrower and shallower because of accumulated silt and waste," SMC president Ramon S. Ang said. "By cleaning and widening it, we will be able to increase its capacity to keep water flowing within its banks especially during heavy rains."

Ang added that an assessment of the river revealed there were portions where water was only one meter deep.

"These are the most critical portions of the river that cause widespread flooding," Ang pointed out.

SMC is currently undertaking a major river cleanup as part of its five-year initiative to dredge the 27-kilometer Tullahan-Tinajeros River System. which benefits other flood-prone areas such as Malabon and Navotas.