As San Miguel Corporation gears up to construct the Pasig River Expressway, it is likewise all set to undertake a massive cleanup of the Pasig River beginning this May.
The undertaking will be done in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Public Works and Highways. Both government agencies will help cleaup around 600,000 metric tons of waste and silt from the Pasig River per year.
\to help with the clenup, SMC has purchased what is known as a Marine Echo Sounder, a hydrographic piece of equipment that will help determine the topography and depth of the body of water’s floor.
SMC, the DENR, and the DPWH have also begun taking soil samples near the Manila Bay end of the river, close to Pandacan, to determine the composition of what’s underneath the river. With this, SMC hopes to successfully dredge and extract decades-old worth of dirt that have accumulated within the Pasig River’s depths.
In doing so, it not only hopes to make it a pleasant place for everyone to admire but to bring back this body of water’s former glory.