As San Miguel Corporation (SMC) gears up for the construction of its Pasig River Expressway, it is likewise all set to begin the clean up and rehabilitation of the major waterway connected to the project, the Pasig River. The conglomerate said that work will begin this April.
According to SMC, it plans to dredge around 600,000 tons of silt and solid waste each year. That’s about 50,000 tons a month, which it aims to do over the next 5 years.
The ultimate goal is to increase the river’s depth to around 10 meters, which would allow it to take in as much floodwater that would in turn flow out to Manila Bay. At present, the Pasig River’s current depth is down to 1 meter. This is a result of long years of accumulated waste and garbage that have been dumped into the river by various sources such as businesses and even humans living beside the body of water.
As it embarks on this new endeavor, it seeks everyone’s support and cooperation to continue to keep the river clean and avoid throwing their waste into this precious body of water. With this, not only does it hope to return the river to its former glory but to help it do its job of keeping Metro Manila flood free, especially during the rainy season.