San Miguel Corp. pledges P1 Billion for Tullahan River cleanup

San Miguel Corp. pledges P1 Billion for Tullahan River cleanup

Manila Bay is a gem of a natural wonder awaiting to be cleaned.
Government initiated efforts has attracted a lot of volunteers just to make it happen.
As for the private sector, San Miguel Corporation , the country’s leading producer of beer has made its intention known to help Manila Bay clean and this is by cleaning the Tullahan river which flows out into the bay.

SMC Pres. Ramon Ang and Pres. Duterte (photo credit to owner)

San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has pledged P1 billion for the cleanup of the Tullahan River system which will directly benefit the Manila Bay rehabilitation project.
In a prepared statement, SMC has inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to implement a comprehensive dredging and cleanup of the 59.24-kilometer tributary- that is the Tullahan river.
Tullahan river starts from the La Mesa Reservoir and traverses the cities of Valenzuela and Malabon, before reaching the mouth of Manila Bay through Navotas City.
"Yes, SMC will support DENR," SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang said.
"The cleanup of the Tullahan River, like other river systems going out to Manila Bay, is crucial to bringing back the glory of the Manila Bay," said Ang.
"We are proud to partner with the DENR on this project. In the last couple of months, we have seen what can be done when our government has both political will and a clear understanding of what can be done to make a difference," he elaborated.
Under the MOA, SMC will be :
- in charge of the implementation of a dredging and cleanup plan provided by the DENR to reduce solid wastes and floating debris;
- It will also lend equipment, manpower, and funding for equipment operations, and assist in the community mobilization activities of the DENR; and
- tasked to install a trash trap, transfer dredged materials, and install signages in relation to the rehabilitation program.
"Despite our best efforts to make the Tullahan a living, vital waterway, and even as we have managed to lessen the flooding during the rainy season by removing silt and garbage, the problem is too big," Ang said,taking note that the clean up must be in direct collaboration with the concerned government agencies.

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