SMC's P1 billion Tullahan River project to boost Manila Bay rehab

SMC's P1 billion Tullahan River project to boost Manila Bay rehab

San Miguel Corporation’s pledge of P1- Billion for the dredging and expanding of the Tullahan River system will not only give the Manila Bay rehabilitation project a major boost, it will also help solve flooding in Bulacan ahead of plans to build the country’s largest and most modern airport in the province.
Dubbed as Tullahan-Tinajeros River system dredging project, it was launched by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and SMC with local executives of Navotas, Malabon, Valenzuela and Bulacan, at the Navotas Centennial Park in Navotas City, where the 36.4 km Tullahan River drains into the Manila Bay.

SMC COO Ramon Ang has described Tullahan River as a spillway from Angat and Ipo dams that is supposed to drain excess water into the Manila Bay.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and San Miguel Corp. formally launched Monday the Tullahan-Tinajeros River system dredging project. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu (4th from left) and SMC president and COO Ramon Ang (3rd from left) inspect the new equipment in Navotas with (from left) SMC VP and special assistant to the president Col. Ariel Querubin, DILG Usec. Epimaco Densing, Navotas Mayor Tobias Tiangco, Malabon Mayor Antolin Oreta, MMDA chair Danilo Lim, and Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando. (Philstar)

Pollution, build up of garbage, silt, and illegal structures over the many decades, has turned the river to become clogged, shallow, and narrow.
This is the main reason when its rainy season, low lying areas near the river particularly Bulacan province, becomes flooded.
“This project is a dredging and expansion initiative to address the problems of the Tullahan River,” Ang said. “First, we will take out the garbage, and then we will deepen the river so water can move more freely to the Manila Bay.”

Keeping the Tullahan River garbage and pollution-free, Ang said, is critical to ensuring that the DENR’s efforts to rehabilitate the Manila Bay under Secretary Roy Cimatu, will be a success.
It will also help ensure that flooding will no longer occur in low-lying areas such as Bulacan.

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